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Mozambique pledging conference hopes to soften devastating blow of back-to-back cyclones

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 21:15
As some 1.85 million people in Mozambique try to recover from back-to-back cyclones Idai and Kenneth, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Friday kicked off a two-day pledging forum to drum up funds to help get the vulnerable country get back on its feet.
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Mozambique: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets the child cyclone survivors who’ve lost everything

UN News Centre - Africa - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 23:01
Visiting storm-ravaged Mozambique, UN Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom, listened to devastating stories of children who lost everything in Cyclone Idai, while observing on Thursday that UNICEF-built safe spaces have given them “a sense of normality”.
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Mozambique cyclones a ‘wake-up call’ to boost resistance: UN weather agency

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 19:04
The havoc caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth across Mozambique is “a wake-up call” for vulnerable countries “to build resistance" against further high-impact tropical storms, coastal flooding and intense rainfall linked to climate change, according to the United Nations weather agency chief. 
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DR Congo: Strengthened effort against Ebola is paying off, but insecurity still major constraint – UN health agency

UN News Centre - Africa - Tue, 28/05/2019 - 19:43
Although the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to make headway thanks to the determination of health workers on the ground, insecurity is still hampering the response, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. This has led the UN to establish a new coordination structure in the hopes that access to at-risk areas can be improved.
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The tablet computer pulled by donkey

BBC Africa - Tue, 28/05/2019 - 01:13
Communities in Mozambique learn about health, banking and elections via giant interactive screens.
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Malawi election: President Mutharika re-elected after court battle

BBC Africa - Mon, 27/05/2019 - 20:06
President Mutharika secures a second term, after a court-ordered delay to the result's announcement.
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Lake Mai-Ndombe accident: 45 dead, 200 missing in DR Congo

BBC Africa - Mon, 27/05/2019 - 18:28
The vessel is believed to have been carrying more than 400 passengers on Lake Mai-Ndombe.
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Amid ‘unprecedented combination’ of epidemics, UN and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign in DR Congo

UN News Centre - Africa - Mon, 27/05/2019 - 17:05
Amid what global Vaccine Alliance Gavi is calling an “unprecedented combination” of epidemics, the UN and partners are supporting  the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s major new immunization campaign against cholera which began on Monday, targeting more than 800,000.
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Etoile sign 2011 U-17 World Cup Golden Shoe winner Souleymane Coulibaly

BBC Africa - Mon, 27/05/2019 - 16:19
Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel sign Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly, who scored nine goals at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup.
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Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia

BBC Africa - Mon, 27/05/2019 - 14:27
It appeared on the foreign ministry website, showing its neighbour incorporated within its borders.
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Sierra Leone FA president Isha Johansen acquitted of corruption

BBC Africa - Mon, 27/05/2019 - 12:46
Sierra Leone Football Association president Isha Johansen is acquitted of corruption paving the way for a ban from global football to be lifted.
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Ex-boss of Ethiopia's notorious 'Jail Ogaden' arrested

BBC Africa - Sun, 26/05/2019 - 20:07
The man who ran a jail where suspected separatists were reportedly tortured is captured in Somalia.
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Why Huawei's Google woes worry Africa

BBC Africa - Sun, 26/05/2019 - 01:21
Will Africa's governments and consumers have to choose between using US and Chinese technology?
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South Africa's President Ramaphosa sworn in

BBC Africa - Sat, 25/05/2019 - 16:17
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated at an event which included a flypast and military parade.
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Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit

UN News Centre - Africa - Sat, 25/05/2019 - 05:00
The “boundless energy and optimism” of young Africans is propelling the continent into a new era of sustainable development, alongside new partnerships between the UN and African Union.
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He died so I could live: UN peacekeeper pays tribute to fallen colleague

UN News Centre - Africa - Sat, 25/05/2019 - 04:00
But for the selfless bravery of the UN ‘blue helmet’ who dragged him to safety during a firefight against Congolese militiamen, it is unlikely that Corporal Ali Khamis Omary would be alive to tell the tale. The man who saved him, Malawian peacekeeper Chancy Chitete, was not so lucky.
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Togo slippery frog scientist wins award for conservation effort

BBC Africa - Sat, 25/05/2019 - 01:53
Caleb Ofori-Boateng rediscovered the Togo slippery frog and created the first conservation area for it.
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Gay rights in Kenya: 'Why our fight isn't over'

BBC Africa - Sat, 25/05/2019 - 01:31
A Kenyan campaigner says he won't be deterred by a court ruling that upheld a ban on gay sex.
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Sinikiwe Kademaunga: 'Don't associate disability with poverty'

BBC Africa - Fri, 24/05/2019 - 12:38
Blogger Sinikiwe Kademaunga was born with a condition that stopped the growth of her limbs.
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Binyavanga Wainaina: How to write about Africa - a tribute

BBC Africa - Fri, 24/05/2019 - 10:56
BBC Africa staff read extracts from Binyavanga Wainaina's satirical essay in tribute to the late writer.
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