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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli government faces mounting criticism amid economic fallout from COVID-19

by Keren Setton As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel becomes more widespread, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...
Inclusive Education

GPE offers 47 countries grants for improving learning amid COVID-19

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has announced the disbursement of 381 million U.S. dollars to help 47 countries respond to coronavirus-related school closures...
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Digitalization critical to reviving Uganda’s economy amid COVID-19 – World Bank

The World Bank said in a report Wednesday that digital technologies are critical in reviving Uganda's economy, which has been hit hard by the...

Key Ghanaian institutions shut down over COVID-19

Some key state institutions in Ghana are grappling with the novel coronavirus outbreak as the country tries to ease restrictions on business activities to...

South Sudan central bank cuts benchmark lending rate amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Central Bank of South Sudan on Tuesday reduced the benchmark lending rate to 10 percent from 13 percent in an attempt to mitigate...
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Kenya expresses concern about mental illness amid COVID-19 pandemic

Kenya's Ministry of Health on Tuesday expressed concern about the rising cases of mental illness which it said has increased rapidly since the outbreak...

Trump delivers divisive message amid spike of coronavirus cases on Independence Day

U.S. President Donald Trump made an Independence Day speech from the White House on Saturday evening, self-praising his government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic,...
A press conference on COVID-19 is held in Proteria, South Africa, March 9, 2020. South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced that four more South Africans have been tested positive for the COVID-19. (Xinhua)

South Africa marks 100 days in COVID-19 lockdown amid rising caseload

South Africa on Saturday marked 100 days since the country went into a COVID-19 lockdown amid a rising national caseload. The country...

Farm murders surge in South Africa amid pandemic

South Africa has seen a sudden escalation of farm murders recently amid the COVID-19 pandemic, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Saturday. ...
Photo taken on March 15, 2020 shows the U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington D.C., the United States. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Sunday cut its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to near zero and will increase its bond holdings by at least 700 billion U.S. dollars amid mounting fears over the COVID-19 outbreak. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

U.S. equities post weekly gains amid upbeat economic data, Fed minutes

Wall Street's major averages advanced in the holiday-shortened week as investors digested a slew of key economic data and the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting...
European Football Leagues

Japan’s top flight football league resumes amid new pandemic worries

Japan's top flight football league resumed behind closed doors on Saturday amid worries of a second wave of coronavirus infections. The J-League...
According to the commission allegations of racism make up 80% of the 10000 human rights complaints it receives annually on average. File photo

Asian, black Americans more likely to face racial discrimination amid COVID-19

Asian and black Americans have been more likely than other groups to report negative experiences due to their race or ethnicity since the COVID-19...
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Trump slams removal of controversial monuments amid nationwide racial reckoning at Mount Rushmore

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Mount Rushmore in the midwestern state South Dakota on Friday to kick off Independence Day weekend, slamming the removal...
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U.S. to mark July 4 amid widespread protests against racism, police brutality

The Fourth of July weekend is drawing near in the United States, but this year's Independence Day comes against an unusual backdrop, marked by...
A policeman inspects a construction site as some violators sit on the ground in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 3, 2020. A consistently high number of people have been arrested for violating lockdown regulations over COVID-19 in South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)

South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surge amid mounting calls for tougher lockdown

South Africa on Friday saw a record number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases amid mounting calls for higher levels of lockdown. The...
The X8074 China-Europe freight train carrying 86 standard containers of auto parts, departs Yiwu in east China’s Zhejiang province for Minsk, Belarus, Feb. 10, 2020. As the first operational China-Europe freight train after the Chinese New Year holiday, the train marked the resumption of normal operation of freight rail services between China and Europe. Photo by Gong Xianming, People’s Daily Online

Freight train service deepens China-Europe cooperation amid pandemic

By Jiang Bo On June 29, a Yiwu-Madrid express train carrying 70 TEU containers of pandemic prevention materials arrived in Madrid, Spain. The goods, including...
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Somalia marks 60th independence anniversary amid calls for unity

Somalia celebrated the 60th Independence anniversary on Wednesday amid calls for solidarity despite the challenges facing the Horn of Africa nation. In his message, President...
The debilitating impact of climate change

Kenya launches program to boost animal protection amid climate disasters

Kenya on Friday launched a capacity development program targeting veterinarians and farmers to enhance their capacity to protect animals from disasters linked to extreme...
An exhibitor from Amiran Kenya sets his fresh produce during the Annual Naivasha Horticulture Trade Fair held in Naivasha, Nakuru County recently. Kenyan fruits and vegetables face ban in the EU market due to failure to meet set regulations. Photo: Antony Gitonga/Standard

Tanzania has sufficient food stocks amid COVID-19 – Japhet Hasunga

Tanzanian Minister for Agriculture Japhet Hasunga said on Thursday the east African nation is self-sufficient in food stocks despite the outbreak of the COVID-19...

Cameroon to revise 2020 budget amid COVID-19, cutting revenues by 11 percent

The Cameroonian government sent to parliament on Wednesday a draft of its revised state budget for 2020, reducing revenues by more than 10 percent...
World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP receives US$10 million donation to help Zimbabwe amid COVID-19

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received an additional 10 million U.S. dollars from the U.S. government to help struggling families in...

Kenya secures US$5.6 million to safeguard trade amid COVID-19

The EU is set to provide Kenya with 600 million shillings (about 5.6 million U.S. dollars) to safeguard its trade with the rest of...

Botswana’s inflation drops amid data collection challenges

Botswana data authority had reiterated that the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disturb collection information to measure inflation on the economy. ...
The Fed believes that the US economy is growing once more and that extra support is not as necessary?

U.S. COVID-19 cases over 2.1 million as new hotspots emerge amid economy reopening

U.S. COVID-19 cases topped 2.1 million with over 116,000 fatalities on Monday as new hotspots emerged in many states where restrictions in place to...
Stay At Home

Stay-at-home measures create jobs for Kenya’s artisans amid COVID-19 outbreak

Since mid-April, George Japolo, a furniture maker in Kitengela, south of Kenya's capital Nairobi, has refurbished dozens of seats at peoples' homes in the...
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Uganda postpones school reopening amid COVID-19

Uganda on Monday announced to postpone the reopening of schools by another month as it studies the impact of the easing of lockdown measures...
Bus passengers sanitize their hands in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, March 14, 2020. Rwanda on Saturday registered its first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ministry of health said here. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)

Rwandan young people throw themselves into volunteer work amid COVID-19

by James Gashumba "Keep a distance from one another, the new coronavirus is still with us," a young lady Jeannette Zaninka, speaking...

Nigerian resident doctors issue ultimatum for strike amid COVID-19 fight

Resident doctors in Nigeria have issued an ultimatum to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to address their demands within 14...
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Face mask demand help people earn livelihood amid COVID-19 in Nigeria

by Olatunji Saliu From her small room at a low-income suburb in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Deborah Olasupo makes scores of face masks daily...
A press conference on COVID-19 is held in Proteria, South Africa, March 9, 2020. South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced that four more South Africans have been tested positive for the COVID-19. (Xinhua)

South African government unveils guidelines for religious gatherings amid pandemic

The South African government on Friday unveiled guidelines for religious gatherings after the country eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. After wide consultations with the religious sector,...