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Mozambique Denies Mass Beheadings By Jihadists

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The Mozambican government has denied reports of mass beheading by militant Islamists in the northern Cabo Delgado province.

The governor of the gas-rich province, Valige Tauabo said contrary to reports, there were no recent killings in any district of the province.

He added that the last known killings by the Islamists took place in April.

The state media had on Tuesday reported, more than 50 persons were beheaded by the militants at a football pitch in a village in Miudumbe district.  But governor Tauabo said quote there had only been “incursions by evildoers” who were being pursued by the military, end quote.

He added that the government is concerned about the spread of armed violence in Cabo Delgado.

More than 400,000 persons have been forced to flee their homes in Cabo Delgado since insurgents began in the gas rich province three years ago.

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Africa ‘Needs To Get Ready For COVID-19 Vaccine’ – WHO

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The World Health Organization is urging countries in Africa to prepare for the arrival of a vaccine as soon as possible. W.H.O warned that African countries are far from ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, whenever one becomes available.

It says only a third of countries on the continent have a health infrastructure capable of conducting mass vaccination campaigns.

WHO also says only half of the countries on the continent have set aside funding and identified priority cases who will receive the vaccine first.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has said vaccinating people will be a big challenge. Africa CDC hopes to vaccinate at least 60% of people on the continent, arguing that this should help achieve herd immunity.

There are now more than 2.1 million cases on the continent – less than 4% of the global total.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Dr John Nkegasong, has said the process might not start until the second quarter of next year.

Until then, people have been urged to rely on the public health measures that have been put in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

 

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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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