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Tuberculosis treatment. (Photo: Jelle Krings/MSF)

Cost of treatment drug for Tuberculosis slashed 70%

A French pharmaceutical giant has slashed the price of a critically important antibiotic used to prevent tuberculosis, giving new hope of beating the disease to millions of people - including hundreds of thousands living with HIV. The cost of the drug, rifapentine, will be cut from U.S. $45 to $15…

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth (file photo). (Photo: Pradeep.Ramgoolam/Wikimedia Commons)

Incumbent Mauritius PM Wins Five-Year election mandate

The ruling Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) has won more than half of the seats in parliament, securing incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term, Reuters reports. According to the report, Jugnauth's coalition won four more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 parliamentary seats following the…

Photo: GCIS/Flickr Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe briefs the media on the gazetting of the Mining Charter in 2018.

South African minister denies bribing journalists to make story about sex life disappear

South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has denied bribing journalists to withhold a story about his sex life, TimesLive reports. In a story published by the Sunday World newspaper at the weekend, Mantashe was quoted as saying he paid the journalists R70,000. The journalists apparently had…

Lid of the coffin of the priest of Heryshef, Nedjemankh. (Photo: METMuseum/Wikimedia)

Stolen Gold Coffin of Ancient Egyptian Priest returned by American museum

By Melody ChirondaCape Town — The Egyptian relic is finally going home. According to BBC, the coffin was stolen and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011 and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. The museum had purchased the…

The Constitutional Court ruled that it is illegal to spank children

Spanking children unconstitutional, South African court rules

By Andre van WykThe Constitutional Court has upheld a South Gauteng High Court ruling in 2017 to eliminate the common-law defence of reasonable chastisement when spanking a child, TimesLive reports. The court said that there are effective ways to discipline a child without needing to resort to corporal punishment. The…

Darlene Superville's corrected tweet. [Photo: Photo: @dsupervilleap/Twitter]

South Africa: White House Reporter Now Knows Who South Africa’s President Is

The United States reporter who called South African president Cyril Ramaphosa an "unidentified leader" has corrected her mistake. About 12 hours after she was taken to task by South Africans on Twitter, Darlene Superville - who is the White House reporter for Associated Press - tweeted the same picture with…

The August-20 Stadium in Algiers.. Photo: Aziouez/Wikimedia Commons

Algeria’s culture minister resigns after fatal stampede at rap concert

Cape Town — Algeria's culture minister has resigned after the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a rap concert, the BBC reports. Meriem Merdaci's resignation follows public outrage over Thursday's stampede in Algiers. Arab News reports that Merdaci handed her resignation to interim president Abdelkader Bensalah,…

Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in court on August 19, 2019. [Photo: Photo: France24/YouTube]

Sudan’s ousted president Bashir ‘got millions from Saudi royals’

Sudan's ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir says he received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police detective told a Khartoum court on Monday, Reuters reports. AFP reports that the former president, who was forced from power by months of protests in April, sat in a metal cage wearing a traditional white…

Caster Semenya at the Meeting de Paris on June 30, 2018.

Caster Semenya to miss World Championships

Cape Town — South African athlete Caster Semenya will not be able to defend her 800m crown at the world championships in Doha later this year. TimesLive reports that a Swiss judge has reversed a ruling that had temporarily suspended her ban. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court had previously suspended…

Google Maps Nigeria

Nigerians can now get Google directions in local accent

Cape Town — We all know Nigerians are proud of their unique accent. So technology giant Google has given Nigerian drivers an option to hear travel advice in a local voice when they use Google Maps. The new feature with the local accent is also available on Google Assistant. Before…

South African President Ramaphosa fights to save his presidency

By John AllenSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch legal action to overturn a report by the country's official ombudsman which threatens his presidency. He announced at a news conference on Sunday evening, South African time, that he would ask the country's courts to carry out an "expedited, urgent judicial review" of…

INTERVIEW: Why I resigned as head of Nigeria’s AIDS agency, NACA – Aliyu

The pace of progress against HIV is slowing, says a report released 16 July by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency charged with" reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment and ending AIDS-related deaths". The warning comes as the global group is hiring a new executive director. After a search,…

Cameroon President, Paul Biya

Six bodyguards of Cameroon president arrested in Switzerland

Cape Town — Six members, five men and a woman, of President Paul Biya's security team were arrested in Geneva for an alleged assault on a journalist who was covering a demonstration by opponents of the Cameroonian leader. The woman was released as she held a diplomatic passport. According to…

Map of Libya

In Libya, guards shot at people fleeing air strikes – UN Report

Cape Town — The United Nations said on Thursday that it had information that Libyan guards shot at refugees and migrants trying to flee from air strikes that killed at least 53 people, including six children, in a migrant detention centre in Tripoli. Reuters is quoting a report from the…

South Africa’s Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya lodges appeal against testosterone ruling

Cape Town — Double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is to appeal a Court of Arbitration ruling against her. AFP reports that the South Africn athlete has lodged an appeal in Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court after losing her case against controversial IAAF rules forcing her to lower her testosterone levels.…

The voting booth in the Lwandle community hall in Strand could not be used because people who have lost their homes are sleeping there. Instead people had to vote at this pre-primary school. (Photo: Velani Ludidi)

South Africa: Ruling ANC Remains Ahead in Election Results

Cape Town — At 6.30am on Friday May 10, South Africa's Electoral Commission results were showing the African National Congress in the lead, with just over 57% of the vote. The country voted in national and provincial elections on May 8. Results for the three main political parties were as…

South Africa on map

ANC takes early lead in South African elections

Cape Town — At 9am on Thursday May 9, South Africa's Electoral Commission results were showing the African National Congress in the lead. The country voted in national and provincial elections on May 8. Results for the three main political parties were as follows: ANC - 1 742 573 votes,…

WHO

Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion a year – WHO

By Nontobeko Mlambo Praia — The World Health Organisation has launched a new report titled "A Heavy Burden - An Indirect Course of Illness in Africa" at the second Africa Health Forum in Praia, Cape Verde. "This report will help to establish a link between ill health and gross domestic…

AFCON Group Photo: AllAfrica.com

Africa: Here’s How 24 Teams Qualified For 2019 AFCON

The full line-up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been completed, after the final fixtures on March 24. South Africa - Bafana Bafana secured the last spot in Egypt following a 2-1 win over Libya in Tunisia on March 24, 2019. Zimbabwe - The Warriors seal their place with a 2-0 win over…

Debris of crashed Ethiopian Airlines [Photo: Sky News]

Pilot of Ethiopian Airlines plane reported flight control problems – CEO

The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 had "flight control problems" shortly before the fatal crash, the company's chief executive has told CNN. CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN's Richard Quest on Tuesday that a recorded conversation with air traffic control detailed the final moments of the flight. "He was…

Dr. Jean Herskovits (1935-2019)

Obituary: Jean Herskovits, the ‘well-disguised Nigerian’

Dr. Jean Herskovits (1935-2019), who died on February 5, was widely recognized as a foremost expert on Nigeria who came to know and love the country and its people over five decades. Her life’s passion was promoting education, especially for African girls. As research professor of history at the State…

Map of Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa, home of world’s most corrupt governments – Report

The nations of sub-Saharan Africa are still perceived on average to have the world's most corrupt governments, according to the latest index published by Transparency International (TI). The Berlin-based organisation says in its annual report, released on Tuesday, that sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest-scoring region on its 2018 Corruption Perceptions…

Jacob Zuma

South Africa: Former President Zuma to pay back legal fees

The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma pay back millions the State spent on his legal fees to defend allegations against him over the past few years. The legal fees come to more than R15 million (about N386 million), starting from 2006 when Mr Zuma was prosecuted in the spy…

Website screenshot, National Geographic Traveller [Photo: National Geographic Traveller]

Four ‘cool’ destinations to travel in Africa

Four African destinations have made it on to National Geographic Traveller's Cool List for 2019. National Geographic Traveller in the UK has listed 19 destinations "set to hit the headlines in 2019". Zimbabwe is listed 9th on the list, while Eritrea comes in at 12th. KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is…

South Africa on map

South Africa: Dark Times Ahead? Cash-Strapped Power Utility Needs Massive Govt Bailout

By Andre van Wyk Cape Town — In light of festive season power cuts, Eskom's woes continue to mount. The embattled power utility plans to ask the government to absorb about R100 billion - nearly U.S.$7.2 Billion - of its debt in order to rescue it from bankruptcy, according to a…