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  1. The top United Nations official for Libya said an advisory committee of representatives from Libya’s different regions has proposed a way forward for choosing a transitional government that would lead the war-torn country to elections late this year.The talks in Geneva, structured around the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, have been taking place amid a heavy international push to reach a peaceful settlement to Libya’s civil war. Previous diplomatic initiatives have all collapsed.UN acting…
  2. Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine remains under house arrest, his party said on Sunday, after a disputed election returned President Yoweri Museveni to office for a sixth term.The former ragga singer turned lawmaker came second in the presidential election, and has said the process was marred by widespread fraud and violence.He has not left his home since he went out to vote in the election on Thursday, and on Friday said he was under “siege” as soldiers and police surrounded his home,…
  3. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term in office, extending his 35-year rule after an election which took place under heavy security and an internet blackout, and which his main rival said was marred by fraud and violence.The 76-year-old leader, who took power in 1986, is one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents, and was accused of crushing the opposition and media ahead of one of the most violent election campaigns in recent years.Museveni won with 58.6 per cent of votes, seeing off a…
  4. Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Friday claimed victory in presidential elections, rejecting as a “complete sham” early results that gave President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead.The 38-year-old former ragga singer said his party’s polling agents were beaten and chased away in parts of northern and western Uganda, that ballot boxes were opened and stuffed, and that some voters were only given ballots for the parliamentary election.Museveni, 76, is seeking a sixth term after almost four…
  5. Ugandans lined up to vote in a tense election Thursday under heavy security and an internet blackout as veteran leader Yoweri Museveni sought a sixth term against a former pop star half his age.The internet went down on the eve of the vote, with some parts of the country reporting complete disruptions or significant slowdowns, after one of the most violent campaigns in years.Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office, having ruled for almost four decades, against singer-turned-MP Bobi Wine, 38,…
  6. The island nation of Palau says an oil tanker that recently loaded Venezuelan crude was using a false signal to disguise its identity, potentially putting the nation in the crosshairs of US sanctions.Palau is asking Venezuela to investigate the vessel that claimed last month to be the Ndros.The Ndros was a Palau-flagged ship that was scrapped in Pakistan in 2018, and so could not be the vessel that appeared in December off the coast of Venezuela, according to a letter dated December 16 that the…
  7. The coronavirus situation in South Africa has reached its worst point so far, President Cyril Ramaphosa said after the country recorded more than 190,000 new infections and 4,600 deaths since New Year’s Day.“The number of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths is higher now than it has ever been since the first case was recorded in our country in March 2020,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Monday night in which he said the outbreak was “now at its most devastating”.The…
  8. Coronavirus infections have now surpassed 90 million confirmed cases, as more countries braced for wider spread of more virulent strains of a disease that has now killed nearly 2 million worldwide.The number of infections worldwide has doubled in just 10 weeks, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University on Sunday. Covid-19 infections had hit 45 million as recently as late October. As of early Monday, Johns Hopkins counted 90,260,464 infections confirmed by government and other entities…
  9. The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles began vaccinating its population against the coronavirus on Sunday, the first African nation to do so.The country’s president, Wavel Ramkalawan, was the first to receive the jab, an event broadcast on live television at a hospital in the capital Victoria. Several dozen other public figures joined him.“It’s exactly as if I was getting any vaccine,” he said, encouraging all the people of the island nation to get the injection.The country is using the…
  10. The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday there is a “clear problem” that low- and middle-income countries are not yet receiving supplies of Covid-19 vaccines and urged countries to stop striking bilateral deals with manufacturers.“Rich countries have the majority of the supply,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in strongly-worded comments on vaccine nationalism at a Geneva news briefing.“No country is exceptional and should cut the queue and vaccinate all…