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President Lungu Of Zambia Restates Commitment To Ending HIV/AIDS By 2030

Zambia on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day with President Edgar Lungu pledging his government’s commitment to ending HIV/AIDS by 2030. The Zambian leader said this was premised on the government’s programme of ensuring universal health coverage which includes ending HIV/AIDS by 2030. The Zambian leader, in remarks delivered on his behalf by Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya, however, noted that this could only be attained if everyone took responsibility and ownership of their health. The theme for this year is “Ending the…

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Ghana Holds Presidential, Parliamentary Elections On 7 December

Ghana holds presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December with 17.029 million voters expected to cast their ballots. There is high expectations about the vote, especially as it is the first time a sitting president is being challenged by a former president. Voters will also elect 275 parliamentarians from 914 candidates. The Ghana Electoral Commission (EC) said the election will kick off with some 109,400 members of the security services, journalists and special service workers who will be on duty on 7 December voting on 1 December. The main presidential…

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Trump’s Latest: I’ll Leave White House If Electoral College Votes For Biden

United States President Donald Trump said he would leave the White House if the Electoral College declared Joe Biden the election winner. He said he was not prepared to concede defeat and repeated false claims that he won. He said that he would “certainly” leave the White House if the Electoral College voted for Biden, telling reporters on a press call “you know that.” But he also repeated claims of “massive fraud” in the election, without providing supporting evidence, and said an Electoral College appointment of Biden would be a…

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Biden Promises Citizenship For 11m Illegal Immigrants In First 100 Days

United States President-elect Joe Biden vowed on Tuesday to send a bill to the Senate that would set up a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. The president-elect’s team has already indicated that Biden will attempt to overturn much of President Trump’s immigration agenda, including reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and rescinding the Remain in Mexico policy. “I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” Biden told NBC’s Lester Holt. Such…

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UN Chief Urges Ethiopia To Protect Tigray Civilians

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres is “deeply concerned” about the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and supports efforts by the African Union to de-escalate the situation, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Guterres has also called for the protection of civilians ahead of a threat by the Ethiopian army to start an assault on the region’s capital, Mekelle. “We’re following reports of the possible military action around Mekelle with great alarm. The Secretary General is very concerned about the impact that will have on civilian population, on our ability to…

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US President-Elect Biden Presents His National Security Team

United States (U.S.) president-elect Joe Biden has presented his future national security team to the public, highlighting their decades of experience in public service. Biden stressed that his nominees would help return the U.S. to its position as a global leader following the unpredictable years of the Trump administration. ”If confirmed by the Senate, his nominees would include the first Latino to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the first woman to be director of national intelligence. “I’ve long said that America leads not only by the example…

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Trump Finally Allows Power Transition To Biden

After two weeks of grandstanding, United States President Donald Trump has finally accepted to allow a transition of power to his potential successor, Joe Biden. In a Monday evening tweet, Trump said he had recommended that the General Services Administration (GSA) “do what needs to be done” in that regard. The president’s tweet came amid reports by local media that the GSA has determined Biden to be the winner of the November 3 presidential election. GSA Administrator, Emily Murphy, sent Biden a letter earlier on Monday to inform him that…

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Georgia Hand Tally Of Votes Is Complete, Affirms Biden Lead

A hand tally of ballots cast in Georgia for the presidential race has been completed, and it affirms Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow lead over Republican President Donald Trump, according to results released Thursday by the secretary of state’s office. The Associated Press declared Biden the winner of Georgia and its 16 Electoral College votes on Thursday, after the hand count confirmed the former vice president leads Trump by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 5 million counted. The complete hand recount stemmed from an audit required by a new state…

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UN Reaffirms Commitment Time Africa’s Industrial Development

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to “inclusive, resilient and sustainable” industrialisation in Africa. Guterres gave the assurance in his message to mark the 2020 African Industrialisation Day with the theme, “Inclusive and sustainable industrialisation in the AfCFTA era”. Commemorated annually on Nov. 20, the event offer African governments and organisation an opportunity to examine ways of stimulating industrialisation on the continent. It is also an occasion to draw the attention of the international community to problems and challenges of industrial development in Africa. Decrying the negative impact…

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Coronavirus: WHO Urges Greater Vigilance In Africa As Holidays Near

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-togethers as the year comes to a close. The WHO noted in a statement that “this comes as nearly 20 countries in the region have experienced an uptick in cases”. “After reporting a downward trend then a plateau, Africa has been experiencing a rise in cases since early October. Unlike the first wave of cases which was triggered by hotspots…

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