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Nigeria: UAE to begin visa issuance from October 8

The United Arab Emirates has confirmed that it would begin the issuance of visas to Nigerians from Thursday, October 8, 2020, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced on Wednesday, Punch reports. Sirika had announced on September 30 that the UAE had written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, a development …

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Thousands of Ethiopians celebrate popular thanksgiving festival

Hiwot Tesfaye, a diaspora-based Ethiopian, is excited to celebrate Irreecha festival, an annual thanksgiving event celebrated by millions of Ethiopians annually, for the first time in her home country, Global Times reports. “In past years, I have celebrated the Irreecha festival in the U.S. where I currently reside. However, it feels much better celebrating the …

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Egyptian archaeologists unveil discovery of 59 sealed sarcophagi

Archaeologists in Egypt have announced one of the most dramatic finds in decades after 59 sealed sarcophagi were uncovered from the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, outside Cairo, Arab News reports.The mummified remains date back almost 2,500 years, with many more expected to be found in coming months.Saqqara, 32 kilometers south of the capital, is one …

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South Africa reopens borders to Africans

South Africa has opened its borders to travellers the first time since it went into Covid-19 lockdown in March. But travellers will be subject to conditions, including a valid negative coronavirus test, and the door is not open to all countries, rfi reports. “To allow ease of travel from the African countries, 18 borders will …

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Zimbabwe: Travelers to pay for COVID-19 tests at ports of entry

The Zimbabwean Government has announced that it will charge for COVID-19 tests done on travellers showing symptoms of the disease at ports of entry. The measure is meant to allow the government to replenish laboratory commodities, Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, told a post-cabinet media briefing on Tuesday.Zimbabwe will resume international flights on Thursday this week …

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UN: Global tourism lost $320b in 5 months from virus

The tourism global industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with $320 billion lost in exports in the first five months of the year and more than 120 million jobs at risk, the UN chief said, according to  Arab News report. The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a policy briefing and video address that tourism …

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Lagos Hotels, Clubs, Others to benefit from N1bn bailout

Hotels, nightclubs and other entertainment players in Lagos will soon smile as The Lagos State Government says it has earmarked N1 billion as part of COVID-19 bailout for the hospitality sector in the state. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known on Wednesday in Ikeja during the 6th Lagos Corporate Assembly, tagged: ”BOS Meets Business”. The …

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Botswana: Tourism authority worried over Mysterious Deaths Of Hundreds Of Elephants

Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. “We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the area north of …

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Suspected Poacher Killed as Botswana tackles Rhino Deaths

Botswana soldiers this week shot and killed a suspected rhino poacher during a gunfight in the vast Okavango Delta, where poaching has reached unprecedented levels. The southern African nation’s anti-poaching unit has killed 19 suspects since 2019, as the government employs a shoot-to-kill policy. Botswana’s military said a rhino poaching suspect was killed Wednesday during …

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