South Africa COVID-19 cases set to reach 300,000 despite early lockdown

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s cases of COVID-19 were set to reach 300,000 on Wednesday, the most in Africa and in the top 10 in the world, despite a swiftly imposed...

Ethiopia starts filling Grand Renaissance dam, minister says

FILE PHOTO: A handout satellite image shows a closeup view of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia July 12, 2020. Satellite image ©2020 Maxar...

South African e-commerce is a COVID-fired market of risk and reward

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Like many of her compatriots, Kubashnee Moodley made her first foray into online shopping during South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown. She is not a satisfied customer. Albert Siwela, a...

Two in three Americans want to see Trump’s tax returns, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two out of three Americans want to see President Donald Trump’s income taxes, and about half believe he has been withholding them for reasons that could hurt...

As city encroaches on Nairobi park, wild animals freedom to roam is under threat

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rhinos, lions, buffalo and leopards range against the background of a city skyline in the Nairobi National Park, Africa’s only game reserve within a capital city. Antelopes...

China vows retaliation after Trump ends preferential status for Hong Kong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the former...

Trump uses Rose Garden as substitute rally venue in onslaught against Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump used a White House event on China to excoriate his expected Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, on Tuesday in a rambling diatribe that turned the...

Coronavirus may force Trump nominating convention outdoors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are planning to move their convention formally nominating President Donald Trump for a second White House term from an indoor arena to an outdoor venue as Florida’s...

Trump to hold news conference on Tuesday: White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will hold...

Biden clean-energy plan would spend $2 trillion over four years

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday will lay out an ambitious climate plan that would seek to spend $2 trillion in his first term as president...

Prominent Democrats press Fed, Treasury to aid states, citing racial inequality

(Reuters) - With the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress far from agreement on how or even whether to give more aid to states and cities reeling from revenue losses during the coronavirus crisis,...

Fight for control of U.S. Senate starts with Maine, Texas, Alabama primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats could take a step toward wresting control of the U.S. Senate from Republicans on Tuesday when voters in Maine, Texas and Alabama cast ballots in nominating contests....

U.S. Senate to begin debate on new coronavirus bill next week: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will begin debate next week on a fifth coronavirus-response bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday, as he forecast tough negotiations with Democrats...

Protesters injured in Mali demonstrations as U.N. calls for calm

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Police in Mali’s capital Bamako fired into the air on Monday to disperse protesters calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, witnesses said, hours after the United...

South African alcohol ban stirs frustration but may free up hospitals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s decision to reimpose a ban on the sale of alcohol upset consumers and the hospitality sector on Monday, but health experts said it could free up...

Head of Somalia’s military unhurt, civilian killed in suicide car bomb on convoy

Somali security officers assess the wreckage of a car destroyed at the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Feisal OmarMOGADISHU (Reuters) - The head of Somalia’s military...

Ivory Coast vice president quits, days after PM’s death

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned, the presidency said on Monday, further unsettling the political outlook days after the sudden death of prime minister Amadou...

After years of violence, a Kenyan village enjoys precious peace

TURKANA, Kenya (Reuters) - Most of the men in the village of Lorengippi in northwestern Kenya are scarred. Kokoi Namojong', 59, from the Turkana tribe poses for a picture in the...

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died, ANC spokesman says

FILE PHOTO: Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela, arrives for the Royal premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File...

Counting the burials: African nations scramble to track COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Long after the funding for his project was frozen, Bilal Endris has kept a lonely watch over cemeteries in Ethiopia’s capital by slipping cash to gravediggers to...

South Africa reimposes alcohol ban, curfew as coronavirus cases spike

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will reimpose a ban on the sale of alcohol and a nighttime curfew to reduce pressure on its hospitals as coronavirus infections rise rapidly, President Cyril...

U.S. Congress needs compromise to extend COVID-19 unemployment payments: Pelosi

FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters following a classified intelligence briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe on reports...

Education Secretary wants U.S. schools open, offers no safety plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kept up the administration’s push to reopen U.S. schools in the fall on Sunday, but failed to embrace any blueprint - including federal health...

Mali opposition rejects president’s concessions aimed at ending impasse

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali’s opposition on Sunday rejected concessions by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita aimed at resolving an escalating political crisis that has sparked deadly protests, saying it would be satisfied...

In a first, Trump dons masks in visit to military medical facility

U.S. President Donald Trump walks out from the White House in Washington before his departure for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, U.S., July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Yuri GripasBETHESDA, Md. (Reuters)...

Trump mulls commuting longtime adviser Roger Stone’s sentence, source says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering commuting Roger Stone’s sentence just days before his longtime friend and adviser is due to report to prison, a source familiar with the...

Prosecutors may not get Trump tax records until after election, experts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York City prosecutors are very likely to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns after a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but it may not happen before the...

Facebook mulls ban on political ads ahead of U.S. elections: Bloomberg News

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is considering imposing a ban on political...

Protesters rally in Mali after rejecting president’s concessions

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Protesters staged another large demonstration in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday after a coalition opposed to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita rejected concessions aimed at resolving a months-long political...

Ethiopia arrests suspects in the killing of popular singer

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian authorities said on Friday they had arrested two suspects over the killing of a popular political singer, whose death last week sparked protests in which 166...

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