Fierce second wave hits Africa
24 January 2021 | 4:37 pm
South Africa loses a prominent cabinet minister to Covid-19 as the continent struggles with a "fierce" second wave of coronavirus. Africa's CDC warns that the virus is leading to higher fatality rates on the continent than the global average. Also, the UN warns that an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique has caused a deepening humanitarian crisis. And finally, the city of Gondar in Ethiopia celebrates "Timket", the Orthodox Epiphany.
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RT, the Kremlin-backed international broadcaster, is opening a media center in South Africa and seeking partners on the continent. Russia's disinformation campaign aims for more power in Africa.
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