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Africa’s patchy transport network gets a tech boost

B MwangiBenson Ndumu Mwangi has been a truck driver for 10 years, navigating the roads of Kenya and East Africa. It can be a tough job: "Trucking in Kenya is a challenge, some of the roads are very difficult to manoeuvre through, causing mechanical i..

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Omicron: Why is Nigeria on the travel red list?

Getty ImagesNigeria has been placed on the UK's travel red list - a move the UK government says will help slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus. The Nigerian high commissioner to the United Kingdom has said the restriction..

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Covid-19 disruptions caused sharp spike in malaria deaths in 2020

Issued on: 06/12/2021 - 14:55 Pandemic-related disruptions caused tens of thousands more malaria deaths in 2020, the World Health Organization said Monday, but added that urgent action had averted a far worse scenario. In a fresh report, the UN ..

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Incumbent Barrow declared winner of Gambia’s presidential vote as opposition cries foul

Issued on: 05/12/2021 - 22:44 Adama Barrow was on Sunday declared the victor of The Gambia's presidential election by the electoral commission, winning a second term in office in the tiny West African nation. Commission chairman Alieu Momar..

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Why Ugandan troops have entered DR Congo – again

Ugandan armyUgandan forces have once again crossed the country's western border to go into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previous incursions have been extremely controversial with troops in the past fighting soldiers from Rwanda, carrying ou..

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Omicron variant fuels rise in COVID cases in South Africa

Issued on: 02/12/2021 - 22:12 South Africa's President warns of a "health apartheid", criticising travel bans once again. This as Omicron becomes the dominant strain of COVID in the country.In Cameroon, we meet with survivors of sexual violenc..

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Ex-president Yahya Jammeh’s victims still waiting for justice ahead of Gambia polls

Issued on: 02/12/2021 - 19:31 Ahead of Gambia’s December 3 presidential elections, the country's Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) wrapped up a sweeping three-year public inquiry on Thursday, recommending prosecutions fo..

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Lesotho ex-PM Thomas Thabane charged with murdering wife

AFPLesotho's former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane. His current wife, Maesaiah, was charged with the same crime last year. She was living with Mr Thabane at the time of ..

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Nick Mwendwa: Kenya FA boss bailed after being charged with four counts of fraud

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has been released on bail after being charged with four counts of fraud by the country's Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). The total amount of money Mwendwa and others, who were ..

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Why broken African phones are shipped to Europe

Eric ArthurEric Arthur does not have much time for hobbies - he spends most weekends driving all over Ghana collecting broken mobile phones. From his home in Cape Coast he can rove more than 100 miles (160km) in one weekend visiting repair shops and ..

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Senegal calls on China to get involved in war-torn Sahel region

Issued on: 28/11/2021 - 22:02 Senegal's Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall on Sunday said she hoped China would lend support in the fight against insecurity in the conflict-ridden Sahel region at the start of a China-Africa summit. Addressi..

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Covid: South Africa ‘punished’ for detecting new Omicron variant

ReutersSouth Africa has complained it is being punished - instead of applauded - for discovering Omicron, a concerning new variant of Covid-19. The foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restricted travel from southern Afri..

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