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Japan PM Kishida is COVID positive, cancels African development conference trip

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The proposed visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Tunisia has been cancelled after the PM tested positive for COVID-19.

According to source close to Kishida, the PM was due to attend a key conference on African development.

The source also revealed that will work from his residence from Monday and will join the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) online.

Japan and Tunisia enjoy friendly relations since Tunisia’s independence in 1956. Since 2015, Tunisia and Japan are allies under the Major non-NATO ally agreement. Japan has an embassy in Tunis and has supports Tunisia, with equipment and money donations.

Although the Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded an annualized 2.2 percent in the April-June period, there are fears that the resurgence of the Covid-19 in the Asian country might plunge the country’s economy into bad shape again.

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Video: Iranian women protest in black of death of Mahsa Amini

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In this video, Iranian women dressed in black clothes hit the street in protest in the town of Saqes, Iran the hometown of Mahsa Amini who died in police custody after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate attire”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, wife, get royal invite to visit Britain

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Preside Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is set to make a state visit to Britain in his first visit to the United Kingdom since King Charles became the constitutional monarch.

The Buckingham Palace said on Monday that President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the Nov. 22-24 state visit.

President Ramaphosa’s visit will be in line with former South African presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma all made state visits to Britain.

Camridge scholars, Henshaw, and Peter James argued in a study that Britain and South Africa continued to be bound closely together both by common interests and by mutually advantageous bargains founded on Britain’s indispensibility as a market, a source of goods, technology, and capital, and as a military ally.

Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. In 2021, Britain exported 4 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) of goods and services to South Africa.

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