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South Africa to Begin Administering Unapproved Vaccine to Health Care Workers

South Africa will begin vaccinating frontline health care workers with an unapproved coronavirus vaccine by the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company next week to see if it provides protection from the variant sweeping the country. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said...
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Ugandan Government Restores Social Media Sites, Except Facebook

Ugandan authorities restored access to the internet Wednesday, a month after blocking it ahead of the January 14 elections. The government said the disruption was needed for security, while critics say it was intended to cut off communication among opponents.....
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Head of UN Mission in Mali Condemns Attack on Peacekeepers’ Base

The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali on Wednesday condemned attacks on his force that left at least 20 members injured. A U.N. statement said an unknown group opened fire on a temporary base near Kerena village in...
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Democratic Republic of Congo Says China Has Granted Pandemic-Linked Debt Relief

China has granted some debt relief to Democratic Republic of Congo to help it overcome economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Congolese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. As a result, Congo will not have to repay its interest-free loans...
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In Africa’s Sahel Region, Violence and Hope Compete

Recent violence in Mali, Niger and the Central African Republic have left hundreds dead in recent weeks. But the United States’ envoy to the Sahel region says there is hope in the West African region, as several nations have recently...
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South African Virologist: Vaccines Can Be ‘Tweaked’ to Handle Coronavirus Variants

A South African virologist says existing COVID-19 vaccines may not be fully effective against the new coronavirus variant found in the country, but he expressed belief the vaccines can be “tweaked” to combat the variant. Scientists studying the variant of....
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Venezuela’s Oil Exports Sink to 1940s Level Under Tighter US Sanctions, Data Show

Pressured by strict U.S. sanctions, Venezuela’s oil exports plunged by 376,500 barrels per day (bpd) in 2020, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and internal documents from state-run PDVSA, financially squeezing socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s gove...
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China-Vietnam Border Wall Would Target Smugglers, Chinese Economic Refugees

Reports that China is building a wall along the border with Vietnam to keep its own citizens at home spotlights economic hard times on the Chinese side and frustration on both sides with rampant smuggling, analysts believe. Authorities in southwestern...
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Kenyan Schools Reopen Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Schools in Kenya reopened Monday after being closed since March due to the coronavirus. But Kenya has yet to contain the pandemic and there are concerns among teachers and parents about being exposed to the infection. Kenya shut schools in...
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