The “Universal Influenza Vaccine”

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 Theoretical vaccine-safety, theoretical vaccine-efficacy or the theoretical development of a “universal” influenza vaccine, have never been realized. Most of the “pie-in-the-sky” theories about a vaccination program’s capability of actually preventing infectious diseases (or cancers, for that matter) have been secretively

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Video: Turkey, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham Work to Defend ‘Syrian Revolution’

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Leader of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani declared his support to an expected Turkish military operation against Kurdish armed groups in northeastern Syria during an interview with Amjad Media on January 14.

He stressed that his group supports “the …

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China and India in Central Asia: Competition or Convergence?

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It is quite probable that India’s growing role in Central Asia via its US-approved Chabahar Corridor to the region will lead to increased competition with China there. But there is also the possibility that the two Asian Great Powers’ connectivity

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‘Real Journalists Act as Agents of People, Not Power’

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John Pilger, as foreign correspondent, covered Bangladesh’s Liberation War. His front-page report ‘Death of a Nation’ alerted the world to the life-and-death struggle of the Bengali people. He has been a war correspondent, author and documentary filmmaker who has

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#10YearChallenge: African presidents way back and now

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The 10 year challenge hashtag continues to gain traction on social media platforms especially Facebook and Twitter.

For those who have yet to grasp what it is about, it is a photo comparison challenge spanning over a decade. So you retrieve a photo of a decade ago and compare it to a recent one.

Many people have and continue to share their photos with the hashtag #10YearChallenge. At Africanews we are doing so for heads of state seeing that their busy schedules won’t allow them to ‘participate.’

This is the first part which will largely zoom in on leaders within the East Africa bracket. The challenge ties in someway with our info hub titled: African Leaders Then and Now.

In all instances, the 2009 photo appears on the left with the 2018/2019 photo to the right. The descriptions below are in the same order.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila at a meeting with Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame at the Congo-Rwanda border near Goma in eastern Congo, August 6, 2009.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila speaks during a Reuters interview at the Palais de la Nation in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 9, 2018.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame accepts one of the Clinton Global Citizen Awards at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 24, 2009.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame addresses a news conference in Kigali, Rwanda December 14, 2018.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addresses the 64th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2009.

A photo on Museveni’s Twitter account advertising his end of year address on 31 December 2018.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza delivers his speech during the promulgation of the new constitution at Bugendana commune in Gitega Province, Burundi June 7, 2018.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza delivers his speech during the promulgation of the new constitution at Bugendana commune in Gitega Province, Burundi June 7, 2018.

Kenya’s Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta holds up a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the year 2009/2010 outside his office in Nairobi June 11, 2009.

President Uhuru Kenyatta attends a church service earlier this year.

Djibouti’s President Omar Guelleh smiles after being interviewed by Reuters at his office in Djibouti January 28, 2009.

Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum after the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France November 11, 2018.


Eritrea condemns Nairobi attacks, pledges support to combat terror

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The government of Eritrea on Wednesday issued a strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks that has so far claimed 21 lives in Kenya.

The attacks in Nairobi has been claimed by Somalia-based terrorist group, Al-Shabaab. Asmara also referred to the attacks as heinous and cowardly.

“In a letter to his Kenyan counterpart, FM (Foreign Minister) Osman Saleh conveyed a message of condolence to the Government and people of Kenya & further underlined Eritrea’s support in eradicating this scourge,” Information Minister Yemane Meskel said in a tweet.

Ethiopia’s condemnation follows that of other governments in the region and across the continent. Leaders of Ethiopia – President and Prime Minister, Somali, Djibouti and Tanzanian presidents are among those that have so far sent condolences.

Eritrea had for long been accused of supporting the insurgents, a claim that Asmara repeatedly fended off. It was cited as part of the reasons for a 2009 United Nations Security Council embargo that was lifted last year.

A recently published book on Al Shabaab, however, indicates that Asmara did support the insurgents in cash and with logistics at a point in time.

The book, Inside Al-Shabaab – The Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally was authored by a respected Somali journalist Harun Maruf and Dan Joseph, his colleague at the Voice of America, VOA.

The GOE has strongly condemned the heinous & cowardly terrorist attack perpetrated in Nairobi. In a letter to his Kenyan counterpart,FM Osman Saleh conveyed a message of condolence to the Government & ppl of Kenya & further underlined Eritrea’s support in eradicating this scourge— Yemane G. Meskel (@hawelti) January 16, 2019

Solidarity and compassion to our Kenyan brothers and sisters in the ordeal of the new terrorist attack.
The world must sympathize with #Kenya which pays a high price for its determination to protect the intl community from the misdeeds of terrorism in this part of the world.— Ismail Omar Guelleh (@IsmailOguelleh) January 16, 2019

On behalf of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed strongly condemns the senseless violent attacks committed on innocent civilians in Nairobi, Kenya. He expresses his condolences to the families of the bereaved, and to all Kenyans. UKenyatta— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (PMEthiopia) January 16, 2019

We condemn terrorist attack in Nairobi. Ethiopia stands in solidarity with government &people of our neighbor #Kenya. Our thoughts& prayers are with victims & their families. Have seen 1st hand Kenyan’s undying resilience in the face of terrorism. They shall overcome UKenyatta— Sahle-Work Zewde (SahleWorkZewde) January 16, 2019

Punde nimezungumza na Mhe. Kenyatta kuhusu shambulizi la Jijini Nairobi,zaidi ya watu 14 wamefariki dunia na wengine kujeruhiwa.Pole sana Mhe. Rais na pole sana wananchi wa Kenya.Tupo nanyi katika kipindi hiki cha majonzi. Nawaombea Marehemu wote walale mahali pema peponi, Amina.— Dr John Magufuli (@MagufuliJP) January 16, 2019

The government of the Federal Republic of #Somalia expresses its strong condemnation of the #terrorist attack on Tuesday at the #DusitD2 hotel complex in #Nairobi, #Kenya.
➡️?— Ministry of Foreign Affairs ?? (@MofaSomalia) January 15, 2019


Russia's diamond miner Alrosa to set up in Zimbabwe

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The world’s leading diamond producer, Russia’s Alrosa, will set up operations in Zimbabwe to launch mining operations, the group announced on Monday during a visit by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Moscow.

“With the support of the Zimbabwean government, the group will develop new mining operations in the country,” Alrosa announced in a statement.

“We have opened a small window for foreign countries to participate in our industry,” the President of Zimbabwe said at a press conference. “We believe we can participate meaningfully in the diamond industry,” he added.

“We are ready to share all our technologies and know-how with our colleagues, so that Zimbabwe can establish itself in the global diamond mining market,” said Alrosa President Sergei Ivanov at the same press conference.

According to a statement issued by the Russian mining group, “negotiations held in 2018 by Alrosa and the Republic of Zimbabwe resulted in the decision to start operations in the country and to open an Alrosa subsidiary there”.

“By next month, Alrosa experts, including geologists and mining engineers, will arrive in the country to launch operations,” the group said.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who won a controversial election last year is desperately looking for foreign investment to shore up his country’s ailing economy, plagued by currency and fuel shortages.

In March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited several African countries, stressing Moscow’s interest in the diamond and platinum industry in Zimbabwe during a meeting in Harare with the Zimbabwean President.

Alrosa, which claims to produce 27% of the world’s diamonds in carats, already has operations in Angola and Botswana.

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