We look at US coverage of the Democratic primary as Joe Biden closes in on the party's nomination. Also, more coronavirus news as the US takes strict measures to contain the virus and several high-profile festivals are postponed. Next, we find out why Egypt and Ethiopia are clashing over a longstanding River Nile dam project. Finally, a US man makes it his mission to deliver an abandoned family portrait after a photo company goes bankrupt.
Today, one in three Egyptians live just above the poverty line. As a consequence, the rate of micro-credit lending has grown, with women the principle beneficiaries. Some 70 percent of loans in Egypt are given to women, but thousands of them fall victim to loan sharks and even end up in prison. FRANCE 24's Ruth Michaelson reports.
South Africa's budget announcement includes a pledge to spend billions on ailing state electricity company Eskom. A funeral for Egypt's former leader Hisni Mubarak focuses on his military past rather than his political legacy. And finally refugees who have been living in Kenya's Kakuma camp return home to eastern Ethiopia motivated in part by recent political and economic reforms in their country.
Over the weekend, Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of Mada Masr, an investigative media outlet, and detained its staff for several hours. This comes amid a wider crackdown on dissent and free speech in Egypt. For more, we speak to Justin Shilad, the Committee to Protect Journalists' Middle East and North Africa Research Associate.
CAF has released the list of nominees for the 28th edition of its annual football awards which will take place on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at Citadel Azure, Hurghada, Egypt. The CAF awards celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019. And the big question is, will Osimhen, Ndidi or Ighalo bring the prize home?