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Eritrea Says Qatar Using Sudan For Destabilization Agenda 

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Eritrea is accusing Qatar of using the Sudan as a springboard for destabilizing the country.  In a statement on Thursday, Eritrean ministry of information said Qatar is perpetrating this agenda through an elaborate scheme of deploying religious, political and guerilla tactics to achieve its goal.

This is the latest round of accusations Eritrea has laid on Qatar.  In the past, the country had also accused Qatari news channel, Al Jazeera, of biased and unprofessional reporting on the country.

The ministry raised ten points it says Qatar plans to use in its alleged agenda to destabilize the country.  Eritrea says Qatar, and those it calls unnamed sponsors and minions, would find it difficult to succeed in their alleged plot.

Among the ten points Eritrea says are Qatar’s plans for subverting the country, are that Qatar wants to regroup Eritrean opposition political leaders, and to unify their associations.  It says Qatar also wants extend requisite support to the latter.  Eritrea also says Qatar plans to launch efforts to induce protests and demonstrations in its cities against the government.

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Volunteer Dies As Hopes Fade For Trapped Zimbabwe Miners

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Miners trapped in a Zimbabwe mine have still not been rescued several days after the shaft collapsed.

A volunteer is said to have died while trying to rescue the miners in Bindura, northern Zimbabwe. His body was retrieved on Sunday.

A local newspaper reports, a boulder rolled down onto the man, pushing him into water near the shaft opening that rescuers have battled to drain for days.

Efforts of Zimbabwe mines’ ministry and local mining companies have been hampered by inadequate machinery and breakdowns.

It’s not clear how many miners are trapped, but officials say they could be more than a dozen. Family members who have camped at the site for days are losing hope.

Illegal mining has increased in Zimbabwe because of high unemployment and economic problems.

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WHO Warns That Malaria Fight Has Stalled

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The World Health Organization says progress in the fight against malaria appears to have stalled.

The agency has warned, in its annual report on malaria, that the number of cases and deaths related to the disease has remained largely unchanged in the past two years, in contrast to the dramatic falls seen since the turn of the century. It’s feared that a shortage of funds for anti-malaria programmes will be worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Malaria kills at least 400,000 persons every year, vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Efforts to control the mosquito-borne disease are also being threatened by growing resistance to some drugs.

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Ethiopian PM Declares Tigray Operation Over After Army Captures Capital, Mekelle

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Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has declared the end of military operations in Tigray after announcing the capture of the region’s capital of Mekelle.

Although it is difficult to confirm the claims because of the government’s communications blackout, the prime minister said the army had entered the city and is “fully in control” of Mekelle.

Leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front has a different message:  he has vowed, in a statement to Reuters news agency, that his forces-the TPLF will “fight to the last.”

The conflict has reportedly claimed hundreds of lives and has displaced thousands since it began earlier this month.  Abiy had accused the regional party of attacking an Ethiopian army command headquarters in Mekelle.

As a result of reported sporadic gunshots on Sunday, some residents are said to have fled the city.

The U.S. Embassy in neighboring Eritrea has reported six explosions were heard in Asmara, the capital, late on Saturday.  Tigrayan forces have a beef against Eritrea.  They accuse the country of supporting Ethiopian forces in the conflict.

The prime minister said in a twitter statement the government has completed and ceased military operations in the Tigray region.  He also said federal forces would continue apprehending TPLF leaders and bring them to the court of law.

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