Thunderstorms and flooding around Egypt entered a second day Friday, interrupting daily life in much of the country, including the capital Cairo, as the death toll rose to 18, authorities said.
Storms, flooding kill 18 in Egypt
South Africa reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus on Thursday, fuelling concerns that sub-Saharan African health systems could be overwhelmed if local transmission accelerates.
South Africa reports first case of local transmission of coronavirus
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar in Berlin on Tuesday in a bid to advance efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire in Libya.
Merkel meets Libyan military commander Haftar
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said he was “in good shape” after a failed assassination attempt his government branded an attack on the revolution that ousted the North African nation’s longtime dictator last year.
Sudan’s PM escapes assassination attempt in capital
There is growing controversy about Britain’s planned deployment of 250 troops to Mali later this year, which has been widely described as the most dangerous since the UK’s military intervention in Afghanistan.
Confusion and controversy bedevils UK’s planned Mali deployment
The South African economy shrank by 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new Gross Domestic Product numbers, released by Statistics SA.
South Africa in recession after shock economic slump
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s central bank plans to use the country’s updated mining law to buy dollars from mining companies in exchange for Congolese francs to shore up dwindling foreign currency reserves.
Congo plans dollar purchases from miners to bolster reserves
Frustration and tears were expressed today in the UK as the grieving mother of a drowned British-Somali schoolgirl expressed her disappointment at further delays to the inquest, currently investigating her daughter's death.
Shukri Abdi's mother "disappointed" as death inquest adjourned

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