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UK government eyes return to normal by end of June

Written by on 23 February 2021

Boris Johnson said he hopes to emerge from a ‘wretched year’ in hard-hit Britain. AFP/Alastair Grant LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out a four-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions, expressing a hope that life could get back to normal by the end of June. In a statement to parliament, he outlined […]

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LIVESTREAM: WHO briefing on COVID-19 origins

Written by on 9 February 2021

JOHANNESBURG – An international team of experts wrapping up a month spent in China investigating the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins will brief the media in Wuhan on Tuesday, the WHO announced. “The international team working to understand the origins of the COVID-19 virus is completing its four weeks’ stay in Wuhan, China and together with their Chinese colleagues will […]

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Pan-African Writers Association begins a new literary project

Written by on 9 February 2021

The Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA) has announced the beginning of a new literary project. PAWA Programmes Officer, Reine Fioklou says that the new project dubbed, ”PAWA’s Book Of The Week” aims to promote African Literature by highlighting some outstanding old and new books written by African writers on a weekly basis. PAWA has been doing many […]

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World Wetlands Day

Written by on 2 February 2021

Today, 2 February 2021, is World Wetlands Day and South Africa joins the nations of the world in celebration of the day with this year’s theme of, “Wetlands and Water”. This year’s focus highlights the role of wetlands as sources of freshwater and presents a call for action towards the protection and restoration of wetlands. […]

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Five dead in India vaccine plant fire, COVID drug unaffected

Written by on 22 January 2021

MUMBAI – Five people died as a fire tore through a building in the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturing hub in India, but the company insisted the production of drugs to counter the coronavirus pandemic would continue. Rescue workers discovered five bodies in the under-construction building after the blaze at the Serum Institute of India was brought under control, media reports […]

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Zimbabwe reintroduces national lockdown

Written by on 5 January 2021

A commuter wearing a face mask awaits transport to get out of the central business district of Harare. AFP/Jekesai Njikizana HARARE – Zimbabwe’s government on Saturday imposed a national lockdown with immediate effect, following a surge in COVID-19 cases, creating a major problem for most citizens who rely on the informal employment sector. Only essential services, […]

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China court sentences ex-banker to death for $260m bribes, bigamy

Written by on 5 January 2021

Beijing – The former chairman of one of China’s largest state-controlled asset management firms was sentenced to death Tuesday for soliciting $260 million in bribes, corruption and bigamy. Lai Xiaomin, a former Communist Party member, gave a detailed confession on state broadcaster CCTV in January 2020, with footage of a Beijing apartment reportedly belonging to […]

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Germany considering ban on South African flights due to new Covid strain

Written by on 20 December 2020

Berlin – Germany is considering banning flights from South Africa and Britain to prevent the spread of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain circulating in the two countries, a source close to the German health ministry told AFP on Sunday. Following the example of the Netherlands, where a ban on all passenger flights from the […]

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China’s moon probe returns to earth safely

Written by on 18 December 2020

Constance van Niekerk   China’s Chang’e-5 moon probe has returned to planet Earth, landing in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia (Nei Mongol), the official Xinhua news agency reported. It has brought back the first lunar samples since the 1970s. The return capsule touched down in Inner Mongolia in the early hours of Thursday […]

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