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Ethiopian Prime Minister wins Nobel Peace prize



Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 for his work towards ending a 20-year conflict with neighbor Eritrea.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday in Oslo, Norway, that Abiy was being honored for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation.”

More than 70,000 people died in a two-year border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea — which gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991 — that was ended by an inconclusive peace deal in 2000.

A military stalemate followed and relations remained hostile until Abiy became Ethiopian Prime Minister in April 2018, and he worked out the principles of a peace agreement with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, allowing ties between the two countries to finally be re-established

In a statement, Prime Minister Abiy’s office expressed pride at being the recipient of the 2019 Peace Prize, the 100th to be awarded and worth nine million Swedish kronor, around $908,000.

“Today, as the world takes note and celebrates his achievements through bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize, we invite all Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia to continue standing on the side of peace,” the statement said.

Since coming into office, Abiy, 43, has freed political prisoners and also championed the role of women in politics, creating a gender equal cabinet.

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Can Cameroon survive? Coronavirus sparks a ‘war for masks’ in desperate global scramble for protection



What is happening in the global market as global stockpile dwindles and one French official describe as a “treasure hunt”.

With Hospitals stretched and medical workers exhausted, the world is now in a silent medical war as each country battles to save its own

German officials accused the US of “modern piracy” after the Americans reportedly diverted a ship carrying mask destined for Berlin in the high seas to US

Americans deny any involvement but Berlin insist allies can’t rob each other even in crisis situation

French and Brazilian authorities have describe the battle to get mask and ventilators from China as war, saying US is paying three to four times the regular price, forcing loaded planes to change direction from the tarmac and fly to US instead.

Brazilian government says the US demand is vacuuming up supplies from China, depriving other nations the vital material at the time they needed most

Spain recently accused Turkey of similar move, saying Ankara had blocked a shipment containing ventilators which had been paid for and destined for Spain because they wanted to keep for their own use promising to make another ones for Spain later.

Americans have reported stopped 3M Conway to cancel it pre-orders to different countries as the demand for mask and other protective tools surge in mainland America

French authorities recently seized all mask produced in France destined for UK even though the British NHS has paid the money to the companies in full

French and Spanish officials now say they are diverting to Zhengzhou airport due to congestion at Shanghai airport with Spanish foreign minister describing the market as “crazy”

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Coronavirus: Dead bodies rot in Ecuadorian streets a sport city is overwhelmed.



CORONAVIRUS is overwhelming Ecuador as bodies are left to rot in the street while the morgues are totally full with corpses.

Government officials claim 400 bodies have been recovered over the last few days in the port city of Guayaquil, the highest hit city in the country.

Guayaquil resident Hector Galarza speculated many of the dead piling up in the streets are likely to be the city’s poor.

He said the bodies are generating a “panic” as they are ravaged by Covid-19.

Reporters from Reuters news agency saw a man’s body lying on a pavement beneath a blue plastic sheet.

Police said the man collapsed while waiting to enter a store, but his cause of death was not confirmed.

After several hours of laying unclaimed in the street – he was finally removed by the authorities.

Mayor Viteri promised that unclaimed bodies will now be placed in three refrigerated cargo containers.

City officials are also looking at plans for a new cemetery – but denied rumours it will be a mass grave.

The local government insisted all the dead would receive a “Christian burial”.


And despite being sick with the virus, Mayor Viteri insisted she will continue to work to “protect Guayaquilenos in a moment as difficult as this one”.

She said: “I will be where I am and how I am.

“Don’t leave your houses, protect the elderly and the weakest, and take care of each other.”

Ecuador reported its first known coronavirus case on February 29, a 70-year-old woman who had arrived from Italy – she died two weeks later.

President Lenin Moreno attempted to place restrictions on travel, and the country’s borders were sealed on March 16.

Guayaquil however was reportedly slow to follow the advice, dependent on its bustling open markets and trade.

Two weeks ago, city vehicles were used to block the landing of a KLM flight which had been dispatched by governments in Europe.

It was attempting to fly in and rescue citizens left stranded by travel restrictions.

Eventually, the plane finally landed in Quito, the capital, where 170 foreign citizens boarded for a return flight to Amsterdam.

Last week, Ecuadors health and labor minister Catalina Andramuno resigned just hours after announcing a massive spike in cases.

Health workers had complained they lacked supplies to properly tend to those infected.

Ms Andramuno toured public hospitals to reassure staff just days before she quit.

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Coronavirus May kill 10 million people in Africa- Bill Gate warns



US billionaire and software developer Bill Gates has warned that the coronavirus epidemic could overwhelm the health services of Africa and trigger a pandemic which may lead to 10 million deaths in the continent.

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist was speaking at the annual meeting of an American scientific society in Seattle, Washington, amid growing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

As Gates was speaking, news broke that the first case of coronavirus had been confirmed on the continent, as a person in Cairo, Egypt, tested positive for the disease.

“This is a huge challenge,” Gates said. “We’ve always known that the potential for either a naturally caused or intentionally caused pandemic is one of the few things that could disrupt health systems, economies and cause more than 10 million excess deaths.”

“This disease, if it’s in Africa, is more dramatic than if it’s in China,” noting that he was “not trying to minimize what’s going on in China in any way.”

There are now fears that the disease could spread to sub-Saharan Africa where it could spark an uncontrollable outbreak, with health services unable to monitor or control the virus.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charitable foundation that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, established in 2000, recently committed $100 million to fighting the coronavirus.

As of Sunday, the death toll in mainland China reached 1,770, up by 105 from the previous day, while there were 2,048 new cases, bringing the total count to 70,548.

Over 500 cases have been confirmed outside China, mostly of people who traveled from Chinese cities, with five deaths in Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and France.

Chinese authorities say the stabilization in the number of new cases is a sign that measures they have taken to halt the spread of the disease are having an effect.


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