The World Health Organisation (WHO) has on Wednesday declared the end of the 11th outbreak of the Ebola Virus epidemic in the western part of DR Congo (DRC), ending a nearly six months disease outbreak that claimed 55 lives out of 119 confirmed infected cases and 11 suspected cases.
A UN envoy on Friday announced that the two Libyan delegations to the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks have signed a complete countrywide and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect. Stephanie Williams, acting special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), made the announcement in a press conference.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has on Friday said it will uphold sanctions placed on Mali until the country appoints a civilian prime minister. The sanctions "will be lifted when a civilian prime minister is named", ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said. The West African bloc slapped sanctions on Mali after a military coup led by Colonel Assimi Goita overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's government last month. The sanctions include a ban on commercial trade as well as financial flows except for necessities like drugs, fuel, electricity, and equipment used in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seven schoolchildren who were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Cameroon's south-western city of Kumba last month were laid to rest on Thursday, in a burial ceremony attended by thousand. Amongst the mourners was Prime Minister of Cameroon Joseph Dion Ngute, who promised that the killers would not go unpunished. Ngute said the government had borne both the hospital and burial costs. Parents of the deceased kids told the BBC that their loss was deep, and no amount of punishment meted out to the killers, (if they are caught) will allay their pain. Recall that Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca School on 24 October, killing school children aged between nine and 12. The senseless attack was blamed on a separatist group that attacked the school in Kumba, South West Region -- one of the Anglophone regions of the country.
The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has lifted the punitive sanctions imposed on Mali following a coup by the Military which overthrew the civilian leadership of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August. In a statement by the Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday disclosed that the West African leaders have decided lift the sanctions after Mali announced a 25-member Transition Government which will lead the country to elections as well as the appointment of former Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as Prime Minister. ECOWAS had earlier said it was only going to lift the sanctions after a PM was appointed in efforts of returning to civilian rule.