An armed group loyal to the Libyan warring general, Khalifa Haftar has announced a partial lifting of its eight-month blockade of oilfields.
Factions loyal to eastern commander Haftar began the blockade of oil terminals and fields in January, putting a reduction in national output to fewer than 100,000 barrels per day from around 1.2 million barrels per day.
The blockade- that was intended to put economic pressure on internationally-recognized government based in the capital, Tripoli has caused power cuts and cost Libya more than 8 billion dollars in lost exports.
The reopening of the oil installations will allow the sale of oil already stored in terminals, but not the production of fresh supplies.
Sudan Refuses Associating Removal From U.S. Terrorism List With Israel Ties
Sudan prime minister Abdalla Hamdok says Sudan does not want to link its removal from a U.S. terrorism list with a normalization of relations with Israel. Being on the terrorism list has hindered the Sudan’s access to foreign funding for its economy.
The Sudan was put on the U.S. list in 1993 because the united states believed former president Bashir’s government was supporting militant groups. Bashir was removed last year and Sudan has long cooperated with the united states on counter-terrorism. Many in the Sudan believe the country should be removed from the list.
Sources said this week U.S. officials have indicated in talks with a Sudanese delegation they wanted Khartoum to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and open ties with Israel.
But prime minister Abdalla Hamdok said sSudan had told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit last month it was necessary to separate the issues.
During a video statement to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Hamdok said the Sudan was actively cooperating with international and bilateral efforts to fight terrorism and terrorism financing.
Kenya Extends COVID-19 Curfew For Two Months But Reduces Hours
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew put in place to curb the spread of the new coronavirus but it would now end two hours later at 11pm.
Kenyatta, also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars, saying the COVID-19 infections curve had been flattened.
Since the country recorded its first case of coronavirus in March, more than 38,000 persons have been infected with the virus with 691 fatalities reported so far.
Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched
A sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign has been launched by Uganda’s ministry of health to create awareness about sickle cell disease and to provide free screening services to stakeholders.
The exercise is expected to help give specialized health care, to promote awareness and testing, and to provide tele-medicine services.
The campaign is a joint effort with CTI Africa Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation.
A study has shown a prevalence of sickle cell trait at a very high rate of more than thirteen percent. As a result, health authorities have called for premarital and newborn screening.
The ministry’s director-general for health services, Dr. Henry Nwebesa, says the ministry will strengthen partnerships and ensure every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.
Sickle cell is a chronic illness that effects people from childhood and restricts them for participating in many activities that could affect their conditions.
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