Zambia: Two demonstrators were killed Wednesday in a protest outside the police headquarters in the capital, Lusaka, where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was being questioned. Hichilema blamed "snipers" who he says deliberately targeted protesters.
Africa: The head of Africa's Centre for Disease Control, Dr. John Nkengasong, says that the new coronavirus variant accounted for the "vast majority of the second wave" in South Africa, because of the speed at which it can pass from person to person.
Morocco: The government implements a new nationwide nighttime curfew that took effect Wednesday evening for a period of three weeks to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Egypt: A fan of fictional comic book superheroes, Bassem Raaouf, 28, says the year 2020 needs Batman, not Santa Claus, to save it from the coronavirus pandemic and spread cheer this holiday season.