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Head Of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Invited To Visit Washington

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Head Of Sudan's Sovereign Council Invited To Visit Washington

In a historic move, the United States has invited to Washington Sudan leader Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan to discuss ways of developing bilateral ties.

For the first time in more than three decades, U.S secretary of state Mike Pompeo, said the two countries planned to begin exchanging ambassadors after a 23-year hiatus.

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U.S and Sudan had been at odds for decades, but their relations have improved since Bashir’s overthrow in April last year leading to the formation of a civilian transitional government four months later. The current transitional power-sharing deal will see a civilian take over next year until elections are held in 2022.

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Sudan remains on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, but Washington has hinted that it might be removed from the blacklist soon although congress needs to approve such an act.

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Sudan’s sovereign council, said the purpose of Burhan`s visit to Washington was to  discuss ways of developing bilateral relations between the two countries.

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Former Libya Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril Dies From Coronavirus

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Former Libya Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril Dies From Coronavirus

Libya`s former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril, has died on Sunday from the novel coronavirus.

Jibril was interim leader until the country held its first free elections in four decades in 2012, following the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi the previous year. An aide, Fawzi Ammar and his party, said he died in a private hospital in Cairo where he had been treated since contracting the virus late last month.

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Jibril, a former technocrat in Gaddafi’s regime, was 67, and had mainly lived in Egypt in recent years after losing power.  Libya’s internationally-recognized government in Tripoli confirmed 18 coronavirus cases and one death in the country.

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Algeria Extends Curfew As Coronavirus Cases Rise

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Algeria Extends Curfew As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Algeria says it will extend curfews it has put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  The prime minister said on the weekend, the number of confirmed cases has risen to twelve hundred fifty-one.

The curfew will last from 3 p.m. P.M. until 7 a.m. Local time in the capital Algiers and eight other provinces, and from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Local time in most of the others. The two southernmost provinces, which are almost entirely desert, have no confirmed cases and will not be under curfew.

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Algeria had installed new leadership in recent months in the wake of mass protests that forced from office the veteran president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The protests, which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to central Algiers weekly, only stopped last month as the scale of the coronavirus threat became evident.

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Meanwhile, Ethiopia has reported its first covid-19 death on Sunday, involving a 60-year old woman who had been receiving treatment at a hospital in the capital.

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African Countries Impose Strict Restrictions To Combat Coronavirus

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Coronavirus: African States Impose Strict Restrictions

Coronavirus cases in Africa have risen to nearly ten thousand with South Africa having the highest number of more than sixteen hundred confirmed cases.  Some African countries have imposed a wide range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic.

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Some have argued that the cases remain fluid. So far at least 52 African countries have confirmed Covid-19. With only two countries holding out as of Monday.

Statistics from Africa Centre for Disease Control shows, ninety thousand-three hundred and ninety-three confirmed cases, 446 deaths, and 906 recoveries.

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Meanwhile, a doctor and head of the infectious diseases department at Fann hospital in Dakar, Senegal, Moussa Seydi has said, covid-19 patients on hydroxychloroquine heal faster. He announced 55 persons had recovered from the virus after taking the medication.

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Senegal has registered more than 220 cases of covid-19.  82 have recovered and two have died.

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