July 2, 2020

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More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says. He was being buried Thursday amid tight security. The deaths reported Wednesday, citing police in the Oromia region, follow the killing of Hachalu Hundessa on Monday. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government

The top United Nations official in South Sudan says 57 workers with the U.N. mission there have tested positive for COVID-19 since April. David Shearer said the peacekeepers could have contracted the virus due to what he described as “continuous close interactions with the South Sudanese population.” Shearer told VOA’s South Sudan In Focus the cases include the components of military,

The World Health Organization called on African countries Thursday to take comprehensive safety measures to “mitigate a surge” in COVID-19 cases, as nations resume air travel. The African economy, which is heavily reliant on travel and tourism, has been struck hard by the global pandemic. “Air travel is vital to the economic health of countries,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional