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ISS: Economic growth or civil liberties: the choice facing Tanzanian voters

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Tanzanians vote in a month’s time for a president and parliamentarians for both the mainland and Zanzibar. Under the shadow of COVID-19, they will...

Australia says cyber attacks rise, cites 4 500 hacking attempts in...

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Cyber attacks against Australia have increased in frequency in recent months, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Friday, as the country released its first...

Senegal soldiers coronavirus positive

Nearly 100 Senegalese soldiers tested positive for coronavirus after returning home from a deployment in neighbouring Gambia, a military source said. The source said testing...

SAPS launches dedicated quarantine site

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has unveiled a 45-bed quarantine and isolation COVID-19 site for infected members. Beyond the pandemic, the facility will be...

Ethiopia’s Tigray region to holds poll, defying federal government

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Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy...

Zimbabwe protest organizer, journalist freed on bail, banned from posting on...

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A Zimbabwe opposition politician and a journalist detained for more than a month on suspicion of planning anti-government protests over corruption and the worst...

ISS: Lockdown lessons on violence and policing in South Africa

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In an effort to enhance policing and violence prevention, a team of Western Cape Government and Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researchers carried out...

Tight security, and an Arabic greeting, on first Israel-UAE flight

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High above a vast expanse of desert the Israeli pilot’s voice broke through the passengers’ chatter on Monday to announce that the plane had...

Western diplomats express deep concern over Zimbabwe crisis

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Western diplomats in Zimbabwe expressed deep concern on Friday over a deteriorating political and economic crisis, and said the government should stop using the...

Ten militants and five civilians killed in east Congo violence –...

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Ten Islamist militants were killed after they ambushed an army convoy in eastern Congo on Friday, according to the military, while a community leader...

Nigeria to resume international flights from 5 September – aviation authority

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Nigeria will resume international flights from 5 September, the head of the aviation regulatory body said on Thursday, marking a week-long delay to the...

Rolls-Royce to sell assets to boost pandemic-hit finances

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British aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce said it would sell assets to try to raise at least 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) as it battles to shore...

ISS: Insight into the integrity of South Africa’s police

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The reputation of South Africa’s police was further tarnished in the first weeks of the country’s COVID-19 lockdown as videos depicting abuses went viral....

Congo army says Islamist militia kills 20 in east

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Islamist militants killed at least 20 people during attacks on three villages in eastern Congo, the army and a local administrator said. The Allied Democratic...

Four more airports to operate under level two

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In addition to the 14 airports already permitted to operate, four more airports have been given the green light to resume operations, says Transport...

Conflict, climate and COVID-19 contribute to Cabo Delgado crisis

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Mozambique’s Cado Delgado province has seen an alarming rise in insurgent attacks in the first half of 2020. Violence associated with various Islamist groups...

Suspected Islamist militants kill 13 in eastern Congo villages

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Suspected Islamist militants killed 13 people during raids on two villages in eastern Congo, the army and a village chief said, the latest in...

Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens, talks needed: Red Cross says

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Libya’s humanitarian crisis is worsening, compounded by the halt of oil operations, blockade of ports, and spread of COVID-19, the head of the International...

Hydrogen fuel cell systems power COVID-19 field hospital

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Government, in collaboration with the private sector, is putting plans in place to roll out hydrogen fuel cell technologies in various parts of South...

SADC condemns violence in Mozambique

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The 40th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC has condemned terrorism and violent attacks in Mozambique, while pledging support for...

SA records drop in gender-based violence

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South Africa’s initial COVID-19 lockdown saw gender-based violence and sexual crimes dramatically decrease during levels five and four. Sexual offences crimes decreased between April and...

Two Kenya police officers charged with murder after Garissa shooting

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Two Kenyan police officers were charged on Thursday with murder after they allegedly shot dead two people in the eastern county of Garissa last month,...

Africom continues to combat terrorism in Africa amidst COVID-19

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The United States, primarily through its Africa Command (Africom) continues to combat terrorism and extremism on the continent in spite of the coronavirus pandemic,...

UN peace efforts continue despite pandemic

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COVID-19 threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, it “risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones” UN chief Antonio Guterres told the Security...

ISS: Stability needed for CAR’s upcoming elections

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In the run-up to the Central African Republic’s (CAR) 27 December 2020 elections, political manoeuvrings have started within both government and the opposition. Former...

SANDF continues to operate under COVID-19’s new normal

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COVID-19, the disease that is claiming the lives of just under two percent of those infected in South Africa, is shutting down businesses and...

Don’t stand so close: Singapore trials automated drones to check

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Beware, Singaporeans standing too close, automated drones might be keeping an eye on you from above. Singapore’s police have been trialling two pilotless drones developed...

ISS: Rising protests are a warning sign for South Africa’s government

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Protests in South Africa, like the economic fallout of the COVID-19 lockdown, are here to stay. The pandemic has exposed socio-economic weaknesses resulting from...

Embraer’s commercial aviation revenue falls by 82%

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Brazil’s Embraer said on Wednesday that revenue at its commercial aviation segment, usually its largest and most profitable, had fallen by 82% to $109...

ISS: Movement should be safe for migrants; not profitable for smugglers

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As legal avenues for migration have shrunk due to COVID-19 related restrictions, movement has increasingly been facilitated by smugglers. Governments need to ensure their...

Still no SANDF COVID-19 stats

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is, along with police and metro law enforcement officers, at the forefront of enforcing national state of disaster...

Security forces head off anti-government protests in Zimbabwe

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Streets were deserted and businesses shut in Zimbabwe’s two main cities on Friday after security forces were deployed to prevent anti-government marches called by...

Kenya Airways resumes international flights after virus curbs lifted

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Kenya Airways resumed international flights on Saturday, heading to about 30 destinations for the first time since the routes were suspended in March due...

Funerals, protests linked to rapid spread of COVID-19 in Gauteng

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Funerals and protests continue to be a breeding ground for the spread of Coronavirus in Gauteng, says Premier David Makhura. Speaking during the Gauteng Provincial...

China-backed hackers ‘targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna’

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Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc, a US-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to...

Boeing slashes jet output, eyes factory shake-up as COVID-19 hammers sales

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Boeing Co slashed production of its biggest twin-engined jets, delayed its new 777X by up to a year and began sunsetting the iconic 747 as...

Belarus says it suspects Russian mercenaries of violent plot ahead of...

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Belarus said on Thursday it suspected a group of alleged Russian mercenaries it detained the previous day of plotting “acts of terrorism” ahead of...

COVID-19 brings uncertainty to SA airlines’ future

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COVID-19 shut down almost all industries in South Africa when the country was under the level five lockdown. Now, under level three lockdown, approaching...

Global airlines less hopeful on COVID-19 recovery

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Global airlines cut their coronavirus recovery forecast on Tuesday, saying it would take until 2024 - a year longer than previously expected - for...

US accuses Chinese nationals of hacking spree for COVID-19 data, defense...

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The US Justice Department on Tuesday indicted two Chinese nationals over their role in what the agency called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that...

No SANDF facilities on government quarantine “master list”

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A “master list” running to more than 60 pages of quarantine facilities nationally for COVID-19 positive patients does not contain a single SA National...

ISS: Migrant smugglers are profiting from travel restrictions

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Travel and movement restrictions do not deter people from fleeing conflict, violence and dangerous and inhumane conditions – they merely drive more people to...

PRASA embarks on recruitment drive for security guards

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has started a recruitment process to employ 3 100 security guards to protect its rail infrastructure...

Gabon appoints first woman prime minister amid government shakeup

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Gabon President Ali Bongo on Thursday promoted his defence minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, to prime minister on Thursday, the first time a woman...

Russia trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, say UK, US and...

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Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain’s...

End of the jumbo: British Airways retires 747 early due to...

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British Airways, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 747s, will retire its entire jumbo jet fleet with immediate effect after the COVID-19 pandemic sent...

ISS: Governing in West Africa and Lake Chad Basin during COVID-19

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As countries in the region navigate the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, their governments should learn lessons from the management of the crisis so...

South Africa commits to mobilise funds for SAA rescue

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South Africa’s government has committed to secure funds for the overhaul of struggling state-owned South African Airways (SAA), the public enterprises and finance ministries...

COVID-19: Over 7 000 police test positive

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Over 7 000 members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have tested positive for COVID-19, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Wednesday. “COVID-19 has...

Defence salaries a “critical challenge” – portfolio committee

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While welcoming additional funding for the national defence force “earmarked for COVID-19 related activities”, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) again...