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Africa 54 – February 13, 2020

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Sudan agrees to pay millions of dollars in compensation to the families of 17 sailors killed in an al- Qaeda attack on the USS Cole, 20 years ago, according to the state media on Thursday.

The Coronavirus, now renamed COVID-19, continues to ravage China’s Hubei province, ground zero for the deadly outbreak. Authorities in the central Chinese province on Thursday reported a record rise in deaths and thousands more cases. Officials say another 242 people have succumbed from the respiratory, flu-like virus, pushing the death toll to over 1,300 people since December.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that the foundation will provide up to 100 million dollars to the 2019 corona-virus response in Africa and south Asia.

The White House is bringing renewed attention to the issue of human trafficking in the United States. It marked the 20th anniversary of the trafficking victims protection act by announcing new measures to strengthen prosecution for traffickers and support services for victims

A54 Business: The tiny southern African mountain nation of Lesotho made history in 2017 by becoming the first on the continent to issue licenses for the production of medical cannabis. It made history again, when it signed tens of millions of dollars’ worth of deals with foreign investors to

develop the lucrative marijuana industry and to manufacture the complete products in Africa.

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