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Ivory Coast thumped Algeria 3-1 to send the defending champions crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations finals following a disastrous Group E campaign.Gambia beat Tunisia 1-0, while Equatorial Guinea bit Sierra Leone 1-0 with Mali beating Mauritania 2-0, in the closing match of the day.

The knockout stage will resume on the sunday the 23rd of January. The teams will be:

Burkina Faso Vs Gabon, while Nigeria will face Tunisia later in the day.

We wish all the teams the best of luck!!!!

Mali

U.N. Mali mission to resume flights suspended amid sanctions dispute.

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has said it will resume flights after they were grounded over the weekend in the wake of economic sanctions against the West African country.West Africa’s main political and economic bloc levied broad sanctions against Mali earlier this month after its military-led interim government announced plans to postpone a planned February election by nearly four years The Sanctions included closing its members’ air and land borders with Mali. MINUSMA has more than 13,000 troops in the north and center of Mali. Mali is now demanding 48 hours of advance notice for flights and surveillance drones.

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Africa will only accept Covid 19 vaccines with longer shelf life – Africa CDC.

Africa’s top public health organizations have called for donated COVID-19 vaccines to come with a shelf life of at least three to six months, to enable beneficiary countries to have enough time to plan and execute a rollout before they expire.John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  this week said 2.8 million doses of vaccine had expired on the continent, roughly 0.5% of the accumulated 572 million doses donated so far.Nkengasong explained that the expired doses are usually among those donated by individual countries or via the global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX, which arrive with “very short notice”.In contrast, doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine acquired by African countries via a scheme organized by the 55-member African Union and delivered with a longer shelf life had not expired.He said some countries were now refusing to accept vaccines when they saw that the shelf life was only one or two months.

Ghana

Ghana blast: Many feared dead after huge explosion in Bogoso.

At least 17 people have been killed in a huge explosion near a mining town in western Ghana, officials say.

Police say a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso.

Images shared by local media showed a large plume of black smoke rising above destroyed buildings and scattered debris as residents called for help. At least 59 people were injured, some of whom were in a critical condition, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said the military had joined emergency efforts to help “contain the situation”, and the country’s disaster management agency had been tasked with bringing “rapid relief” to residents.In an emergency notice, police said the “huge explosion” had occurred between Bogoso and the village of Bawdie.

Burkina Faso

Facebook shut down in Burkina Faso due to Security reasons.

Authorities in Burkina Faso say they have blocked access to Facebook for security reasons.Government spokesman Alkassoum Maiga said the government did not have to comment on the cause of the blockade, which began on January 10.

On January 11, the government announced the arrest of eight soldiers in connection with a development, which the country’s media described as a coup attempt. Internet rights group NetBlocks says there was a significant internet outage on January 11.The alleged killing of 53 people by suspected jihadists last November has sparked public outrage at the government and has heightened fears of a military coup in the country.

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Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Appointed as 1st African head of UNESCO’S World Heritage.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has appointed Lazare Eloundou Assomo as  Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Originally from Cameroon, Mr Eloundou Assomo is a graduate in architecture and in urban planning . He joined UNESCO in 2003 in the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Center, where he contributed to the creation of the African World Heritage Fund and the development of the World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme. From 2008 to 2013, he was Head of the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Center. He then became UNESCO’s head representative in Mali, while the country was hit by a violent armed conflict, he was in charge of the protection of Mali’s cultural heritage. He successfully led the reconstruction of the Timbuktu mausoleums and the safeguarding of ancient manuscripts.

He returned to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 2016, initially as Deputy Director of the Heritage Division and of the World Heritage Center. In 2018, he became Director of Culture and Emergencies, coordinating emergency conservation responses to heritage sites affected by conflicts and disasters, until his recent appointment.

Nigeria

Nigeria Targets Illegal Oil Refining, Soot Pollution.

A Niger-Delta environmental group, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, has applauded the current action taken by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to address the ongoing issues of oil theft and refining of stolen crude oil and the consequential  release of soot into the environment.In the last five years the group had  been engaged in sustained research and advocacy with the aim of getting the different tiers of governments and its regulatory institutions to take decisive actions to halt the persistent ambient air pollution witnessed in Rivers State.The environmental body noted that although artisanal refining of stolen crude oil is indicated as the current accelerator of soot and ambient air pollution in the Niger Delta region, it is also important to point out that decades of reckless exploration and production activities by multinational companies such as Shell, ill-maintained oil pipelines and facilities, routine gas flaring and lax regulatory framework are responsible for the dangerous situation in which millions of people who reside in the Niger Delta region now find themselves in.

Kenya

Kenyan Elephant Makes History With Rare Birth.

A Kenyan elephant has made history at a conservancy in Samburu after giving birth to twin calves.The birth of the twins was celebrated by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and zoologists who acknowledged that this is a first in more than a decade.Save the Elephants, a conservation NGO, noted that the occurrence is a rare one since such births make up only one per cent of all elephant deliveries.Zoologists further explained that twin births are not the norm among elephants since the mother does not have enough milk to cater for the calves.The newborns are in good health at the moment and further revealed that they were smaller compared to other elephant calves.