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World Trade Organization: How an African head could make a difference
With three of the eight candidates to become the next leader of the World Trade Organization (WTO) coming from Africa, BBC Africa business editor Zawadi Mudibo looks at what difference having one of them at the helm would make for the continent.
Miner finds 442-carat diamond that may be worth $18 million
A small diamond miner that has dug some of the world's most valuable gems from a mountainous African kingdom has found another huge stone.
'Signs of hope' as coronavirus cases level off in Africa
Average daily cases of coronavirus in Africa fell last week, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
AfCFTA helps Africa better confront economic development challenges: Official
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement enables the continent to better meet its trade and economic development challenges, secretary-general of the AfCFTA Secretariat said.
Stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response in Africa
After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew. It showed a bound prisoner begging for liberation after multiple negative tests, while a health minister demanded to know where he was hiding the virus.
Thousands of refugees, migrants suffer extreme rights abuses in Africa: UNHCR
Thousands of refugees and migrants are dying, while many are suffering extreme human rights abuses on irregular journeys between West and East Africa and Africa’s Mediterranean coast.
African trade deal could lift millions out of poverty
A pandemic-delayed African free trade deal, if fully implemented, could boost incomes across the continent, pull millions out of poverty and cushion against the negative fallout from COVID-19, the World Bank wrote in a report.
America's crocodiles came out of Africa
The several species of crocodiles plying rivers and brackish byways in the Americas — from Florida to Peru — all came from Africa, according to a new study.
Africa vaccination 'far outweighs' virus child death risk: Study
Continuing routine immunizations against diseases such as measles and yellow fever for children in Africa would far outweigh the risk of infant deaths from COVID-19, health experts said.
South Africa cases pass 200,000 as Kenya plans 'phased reopening'
South Africa’s coronavirus cases have passed 200,000, the highest total in Africa, as Kenya’s leadership announced that it was pressing on with plans to ease the country’s lockdown despite a steep increase in cases.
Africa unites to lower cost of COVID-19 tests, PPE
African countries have pulled together to set up a one-stop shop to give the continent a fairer chance in the international scramble for COVID-19 test kits, protective equipment and any vaccines that emerge.
Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia
Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness on Sunday the most dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse to shadow the Earth in years.
How will Africa manage the post-COVID economy?
It is too early to say that the global economy is entering the recovery phase after the humanitarian and economic damage inflicted by COVID-19. However, there are already three mega-trends emerging, which will also shape Africa’s economic future — the three ‘Ds’ of the new world order.

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