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    Zambia deploys army to curb violence ahead of elections

    At least two people have been killed in pre-election violence in the Southern African country ahead of polls this month. Zambia deployed the military to curb escalating political violence ahead of elections on August 12, President Edgar Lungu said on Sunday. Pockets of violence have been reported in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, as well as northern, southern and Muchinga provinces…

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    Ethiopian parents living in agony as students stranded in Tigray

    Parents call on the government and the United Nations to help bring to safety their children studying in the conflict-torn region. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – For nearly nine months, thousands of Ethiopian parents have been living in agony over the fate of their children who remain stranded in various universities across the conflict-hit Tigray region. Several universities in the northern region…

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    Africa’s most populous city is battling floods and rising seas. It may soon be unlivable, experts warn

    Welcome to Lagos during rainy season. Residents of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, are used to the yearly floods that engulf the coastal city during the months of March to November. In mid-July, however, the major business district of Lagos Island experienced one of its worst floods in recent years. “It was very bad, and unusual,” Eselebor Oseluonamhen, 32 told…

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    Six civilians killed, several wounded in CAR rebel attack

    UN peacekeeping mission says casualties resulted from ‘large-scale attack’ by 3R armed group against army positions in a northeastern village. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) says six civilians were killed in a rebel attack in the country’s northeast. “This morning at dawn elements from the 3R (Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation) launched a large-scale attack against…

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    Once considered a ‘city disease,’ Zimbabwe’s rural areas are being hit hard by Covid, and panic has set in

    The chatter around the canteen is all about the death of a popular health official from Covid-19 in a nearby village. Panic has slowly set in this part of rural Zimbabwe as news of the death spreads in a place where people had previously considered themselves safe from a virus mostly concentrated in the country’s bustling urban areas. “This pandemic…

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    Charity alone will not end the calamity of COVID-19 in Africa

    Last year, American billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, was roundly condemned by many for peddling racist stereotypes of African helplessness after he warned that the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm public health services within the continent and lead to 10 million deaths. And as the pandemic seemed to bypass the continent, Western media puzzlement over why Africans were not…

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    France clears extradition of Burkina Faso ex-president’s brother

    Francois Compaore is wanted in his home country in connection with the 1998 murder of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo. The Burkinabe government has welcomed the decision by France to extradite Francois Compaore, the brother of Burkina Faso’s former longtime president, to his home country where he is wanted in connection with the murder of prominent investigative journalist Norbert Zongo more…

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    The power of radio in Sierra Leone

    In Sierra Leone, the Radio Teaching Programme is helping children access education during disease outbreaks and beyond. I was only a few months into my new role as Sierra Leone’s education minister when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. At the peak of the crisis, up to 1.6 billion children across the world found themselves unable to attend school in person. Many…

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    Nigeria’s Okagbare fails drugs test, suspended from Olympics

    Sprinter provisionally suspended hours before she was due to run in the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres. Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended for doping just hours before the former World Championships silver medallist was due to run in Saturday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres at the Olympics. Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone in…

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    Kenya bans in-person meetings, public gatherings as COVID surges

    Hospitals becoming overwhelmed as East African country witnesses a jump in cases from the Delta variant. Kenya said it is extending a nighttime curfew and banning public gatherings and in-person meetings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, warning that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed. The East African country has in recent days witnessed a jump in cases from the Delta…

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