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Latest Militia Attack In Ethiopia Kills 14 Civilians

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Ethiopia authorities say fourteen civilians have been killed in fresh attacks in the western state of Benishangul-Gumuz.

This is the third round of attacks against civilians since September as ethnic-related unrest continues to be a challenge for the government. Officials from the state said that one of the civilians killed in the latest attacks was a foreign national – but they did not specify the deceased’s country of origin.

Fourteen perpetrators who were alleged to have carried out the attacks were also killed.

Problems have persisted after military command posts were installed in parts of the state, following two rounds of attacks last month.  Dozens of people from the Amhara and Agew communities were killed.

Prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration continues to face ethnic unrest – particularly in the western part of the country in recent months, a year after winning the Nobel Peace prize.

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Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules

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Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.

In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.

But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.

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Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election

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Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.

Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.

His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.

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S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases

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South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.

Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.

The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.

One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.

Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.

The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

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