Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

Africa’s overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent in February. The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 […]

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Facebook to open Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria in 2021

In 2016, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg visited Nigeria in what was his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. While the attraction to the budding tech ecosystem which was already producing some of Africa’s best known startups was obvious, there was also the underlying influence of Facebook’s pool of high-ranking Nigerian-American executives. Four years later, that influence may be yielding […]

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Cardi B files for divorce from rapper Offset, calling marriage ‘irretrievably broken’

Cardi B has filed for divorce from rapper husband Offset, describing their marriage as “irretrievably broken”. The couple tied the knot in September 2017 and have a two-year-old daughter, Kulture. Court records show Grammy-winning hip-hop star Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, filed for divorce in Georgia on Tuesday. The couple are living […]

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Nigeria to Regulate Crypto-Currencies to Protect Investors

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission said it will regulate trade in digital currencies to provide protection for investors and to ensure that transactions are transparent. “The general objective of regulation is not to hinder technology or stifle innovation, but to create standards that encourage ethical practices,” the Abuja-based regulator said Monday in an emailed statement. […]

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