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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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Pope Francis hits out at EU migration divisions on visit to Greece

Issued on: 04/12/2021 - 19:16 Pope Francis on Saturday blamed the EU's nationalist divisions for a lack of coordination on migration as he began a landmark trip to Greece, aiming to improve complicated relations with the country's Orthodo..

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Study finds 30% of people in France anxious ahead of holiday season

Issued on: 04/12/2021 - 18:03 Some 18 months into the health crisis, and facing a second Covid Christmas, economic factors are adding to festive season stress this year in France and other countries. In France, a third of people feel sad and anx..

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France’s Les Républicains choose Pécresse as 2022 presidential candidate

Issued on: 04/12/2021 - 14:28 France's conservative party on Saturday chose Valérie Pécresse, the moderate chief of the Paris region, to challenge President Emmanuel Macron next year, a choice that will likely have major influence on the shape..

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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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WHO says research on transmissibility of Omicron under way

JOHANNESBURG - World Health Organisation (WHO) experts gave an update on Friday on this coronavirus variant that was classified as a variant of concern last week. WHO COVID-19 technical lead, Dr Maria van Kerkhove, said research was under way to unde..

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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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