Central African Republic rebel chief Sidiki Abass dies

BANGUI, One of the main armed groups in the Central African Republic, a member of a rebel coalition seeking to overthrow the government of President Faustin Archange Touadéra, announced the death of its leader, Sidiki Abass, from injuries sustained during an attack in November. In a statement, the group “3R” announced the “sad news of the death of its founding president, General Sidiki Abass, on March 25” in a health centre in the north of the country. He died “as a result of serious injuries he sustained during the attacks…

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Covid-19: African countries receive over 29.1 mln vaccine doses

ADDIS ABABA, African countries have received over 29.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses both from the COVAX facility and through bilateral agreements outside COVAX, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said as of Thursday, a total of over 29.1 million vaccine doses have been acquired by African countries, with approximately 10.3 million doses having been administered. According to the agency, the majority of those being vaccinated include healthcare workers, people with comorbidity, and the elderly…

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NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Dropped on Mars’ Surface ahead of Flight

WASHINGTON – NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has been dropped on the surface of Mars in preparation for its first flight, the U.S. space agency said. The ultra-light aircraft had been fixed to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18. “Mars Helicopter touchdown confirmed!” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted Saturday. “Its 293 million mile (471 million kilometer) journey aboard @NASAPersevere ended with the final drop of 4 inches (10 centimeter) from the rover’s belly to the surface of Mars today. Next milestone? Survive…

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Evidence Review of Women’s Groups and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Implications for Savings Groups in Africa

It has been more than a year since COVID-19 lockdowns began, and economic recovery is a top priority for governments, donors, and international financial institutions (IFIs) worldwide, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Targeted investments that increase community resilience and spur economic growth will mitigate some of the negative economic consequences of this crisis. Investment in women’s economic resilience and social support is para- mount, considering that the crisis may reverse recent progress in gender equality. Around the world, women’s groups, such as self- help groups, savings groups, and health groups, play…

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Middle East And North Africa – Tracking Mobility Impact – Points of Entry Analysis | Mobility Restriction Dashboard #2 – March 2021

9 countries in the region- two less than last month- are under partial restrictions while 8 do not implement any restriction measure at national level. International airports and land border crossing points in the region observed a moderate reopening since January 2021. Blue border crossing points continue the reopening process started in the first two months of 2021. Source: International Organization for Migration

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