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South Africa Over COVID-19 Hump And Reopens Borders Next Month

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South Africa Over COVID-19 Hump And Reopens Borders Next Month

South Africa government says it will ease coronavirus-prevention restrictions — moving to alert- level -one from next week after declaring that coronavirus worst in the country is over. President Cyril Ramaphosa has said borders will reopen in October. His announcement comes after a significant drop in daily new infections in the nation. South Africa still accounts for the highest number of confirmed cases on the Africa continent with 656,000 cases and more than 15,700 deaths in nearly 4 million coronavirus tests conducted.

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Visitors from only countries deemed non-high risk will allowed to enter South Africa, and would be required to show negative results from coronavirus test results taken at least 72 hours before departure.

Ramaphosa said in his public address, all South Africans must ensure that a resurgence of infections does not happen in the country.  He said a second wave would be devastating to the country and would again disrupt lives and livelihoods.

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Meanwhile, a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) released on Thursday, says foreign nationals in South Africa suffer “routine” xenophobic violence and live in constant fear of being targeted.

Foreign workers from across Africa and Asia emigrate to South Africa for economic opportunities but compete against locals for jobs, which are few and far between as the country’s unemployment rate sits above 30%.

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HRW said in a 64-page report, foreigners are blamed for economic insecurity in the country. The report has called for “more urgent, concrete measures” to protect foreign nationals.

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Police Arrest 100 Over Angola Anti-Government Demos

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Police Arrest 100 Over Angola Anti-Government Demos

At least 100 protesters have been arrested in Angola following what is described as violent anti-government demonstrations in the nation`s capital Luanda over the weekend.

Interior ministry secretary, Salvador Rodrigues, said on state television, one hundred three persons, including political party leaders, were arrested and detained.

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Protesters took to the streets to demand jobs and better living conditions. They are also demanding a new date for local government elections that were due this year, but put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Angolan authorities accused protesters of being violent – throwing stones, burning tires and damaging a fire engine. The protesters have been charged for arson and rioting, among other.

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In a statement on Sunday, main opposition party, Unita, alleged police use of excessive force and demanded “unconditional release” of all persons arrested.

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Russia Sends More Military Equipment To Central African Republic – RIA

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Russia Sends More Military Equipment To Central African Republic - RIA

Russia has opened a representative office in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., and has donated ten armoured vehicles to the country.

Moscow has been solidifying its presence in the C.A.R. in recent years, sending weapons, contractors and political advisors, and has been growing its role on the continent overall as part of a renewed push for global prestige.

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The RIA news agency cited the Russian ambassador as saying on Saturday that five members of the Russian military had arrived in Bangui, C.A.R.’s capital, on Saturday, led by senior military officer – Oleg Polguev who will head up the Russian defence ministry’s representative office in the country.

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The African nation has asked for Russia`s help in lifting an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.

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Guinea President Alpha Condé Wins Controversial Third Term

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Guinea President Alpha Condé Wins Controversial Third Term

Guinea`s incumbent president, Alpha Conde, has won re-election. A full preliminary tally from the election commission released on Saturday shows Conde won the October eighteenth poll with nearly sixty percent of the vote.

The 82-year-old Conde`s victory, once confirmed by the constitutional court, will give him a third term in office. The opposition had said the president had no right to participate in the election, but Conde says a constitutional referendum in march reset his two-term limit. Opponents say he is breaking the law by holding on to power.

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Results showing conde`s lead has sparked street protests in opposition strongholds leading to at least 17 deaths. Gunfire rang out across Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on Friday as security forces dispersed protesters and soldiers patrolled the streets in trucks.

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Former prime minister, Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde’s nearest rival with thirty-three and a half percent of the vote, said he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the constitutional court.

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