Tuesday, March 31, 2020


International News / Items from Around the World

In Somalia, Coronavirus Goes From Fairy Tale to Nightmare

By ABDI GULED and MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of the displaced persons' camp that Habiba Ali calls home. It seemed fantastical:...

Uganda’s Bobi Wine Sings Against Virus, Criticizes Leaders

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA and PATRICK ONEN, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who released a song urging Africa's people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, is...

Britain’s Prince Charles Tests Positive For The Coronavirus

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, royal officials confirmed Wednesday — touching off debate about whether his wealth and status...

“I Am More Than My Hair” Wins “Best Documentary Short” At ‘Through Women’s Eyes’...

Alyscia Cunningham’s powerful new film tells the inspirational stories of females who experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition. SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND—Filmmaker Alyscia Cunningham’s empowering documentary, I Am More Than My Hair won the “Best Documentary Short” award at...

UK Clamps Down to Fight Virus, But Confusion Still Reigns

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Confusion rippled through Britain on Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a three-week halt to all non-essential activity to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. Streets were empty but...

Africa Cases Over 2,000 as South Africa Rushes into Lockdown

By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Customers started behaving oddly about a week ago, visibly dejected street vendor Frank Mojapelo said. Some were wary to exchange cash. Some backed away, or refused to touch him. Now an unprecedented lockdown looms in...

South Africa’s Virus Cases Jump to 402, Most in Africa

By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's coronavirus cases jumped to 402 Monday, up 128 from the day before, continuing worrying exponential growth and making it the country with the most cases in Africa. South African President Cyril...

Africa Readies for New Virus as Cases Confirmed on Continent

By Rodney Muhumuza and Carle Petesch The Associated Press Across Africa, steps are being taken to prepare for — and to reduce the effects of — the spread of the new coronavirus. Testing laboratories are being supplied, quarantine and hospital treatment...

South Africa Removes Migrants in Cape Town

By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hundreds of foreign migrants have been removed from central Cape Town by South African authorities following a months-long stand-off. The migrants, who were moved in an operation Sunday, had demanded to be relocated...

Parents of ‘Terrified’ Africans Stranded in China Want Help

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA and PATRICK ONEN, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — She wakes every day long before dawn to chat with her three stranded daughters on the other side of the world in China's locked-down city of Wuhan, anxious...

Togo Election Could See President Extend Family’s Long Rule

By Didier Assogba and Lekan Oyekanmi The Associated Press The West African nation of Togo held a presidential election Feb. 22 that was expected to result in the incumbent winning a fourth term despite years of calls by the political opposition...

AFRO Exclusive: Quarantined in China

By Devika Koppikar, Special to the AFRO Devika Koppikar, the former press secretary for the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, is chronicling her experience being quarantined in China due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  As a precaution, the local authorities...



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