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Measles claims more than twice as many lives than Ebola in DR Congo

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 27/11/2019 - 17:35
Since the beginning of 2019, measles has taken more than 5,000 lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said on Wednesday, pointing out that over 90 per cent of the deaths were children under-five. 
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Zimbabwe's Teenage Hadebe delays Turkey return with passport issue

BBC Africa - Wed, 27/11/2019 - 16:56
Zimbabwe defender Teenage Hadebe has been unable to travel back to his Turkish base as he struggles to get his passport renewed.
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'It's about football' - Botswana's female coach Carolin Braun

BBC Africa - Wed, 27/11/2019 - 14:46
German Carolin Braun is the first female coach to sit on the bench for Botswana.
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Cameroon's Pierre Webo gets coaching role in Turkey

BBC Africa - Wed, 27/11/2019 - 13:04
Former Cameroon forward Pierre Webo joins Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir as an assistant coach.
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Woman survives as runaway truck flattens her car in South Africa

BBC Africa - Wed, 27/11/2019 - 11:49
The truck landed on the woman's car in the city of Port Elizabeth, leaving her trapped inside.
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UN working to prevent attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo

UN News Centre - Africa - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 23:31
Peacekeepers from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were conducting extensive patrols in the east of the country on Tuesday, one day after demonstrators set fire to buildings to protest lack of civilian protection in the face of attacks by armed groups.
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Nobel winner Wole Soyinka’s journey with prostate cancer

BBC Africa - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 01:05
Nigerian author and Nobel prize winner Prof Wole Soyinka was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.
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UN Mission, community leaders, condemn South Sudan violence which left two dead at camp

UN News Centre - Africa - Mon, 25/11/2019 - 18:03
Community leaders issued an apology on Monday after rioting on 21 November by “drunken youth” within a UN Protection of Civilians site run by UNMISS in South Sudan, left two dead and eight UN personnel injured, including five police officers.
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DR Congo palm-oil firm Feronia accused of abuses

BBC Africa - Mon, 25/11/2019 - 16:01
Feronia, 38% owned by the UK government’s development bank, is accused of dumping toxic waste into the rivers used for drinking water, says Human Rights Watch.
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Cancer in Africa: Why many Africans head to India for care

BBC Africa - Mon, 25/11/2019 - 12:20
Cancer patient Esther Wafor explains why she travelled Cameroon to India for treatment.
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Coffee selfies: The Kenyan cafe that puts your mug in your mug

BBC Africa - Mon, 25/11/2019 - 10:52
Need a caffeine boost and an ego boost? This cafe has just the thing for you.
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UN agencies ramp up Somalia measles and polio campaign

UN News Centre - Africa - Sun, 24/11/2019 - 19:56
A campaign to vaccinate some 1.7 million children in Somalia was launched on Sunday by the country’s government, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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How an Ethiopian built a three bedroom home in a truck

BBC Africa - Sun, 24/11/2019 - 15:39
Abinet Tadesse loved his truck. He also needed somewhere to live. So he built a house in his truck.
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Congo student: ‘I skip meals to buy online data’

BBC Africa - Sun, 24/11/2019 - 02:33
People in DR Congo spend 26% of the average income to get online - a luxury too far for many.
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Zimbabwe uproar as roads named after Emmerson Mnangagwa

BBC Africa - Fri, 22/11/2019 - 18:45
Ten roads, including one of the main roads in the capital, will be renamed after President Mnangagwa.
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Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed gets a new ruling party

BBC Africa - Fri, 22/11/2019 - 16:30
Not everyone agrees with the plan to merge the ethnically-based parties in the governing coalition.
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Ebola in DR Congo: New transmission chain risks reversing major gains

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 22/11/2019 - 16:27
Amid multiple deadly attacks on civilians by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an Ebola death “unlinked to any chain of transmission” risks reversing major gains against the epidemic, which is now down to just a handful of cases, a top UN medic said on Friday. 
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Serious concerns over Sahel, require ‘urgent action’: Senior UN Africa official

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 20/11/2019 - 23:51
The situation in Africa’s Sahel region continues to be “of serious concern and urgent action is needed”, a high-level United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, attributing a rising number of attacks to terrorist armed groups.
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Ethiopia referendum: Sidama poll could test Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

BBC Africa - Wed, 20/11/2019 - 10:28
A referendum on the creation of a new region will see if ethnic rivalries can be solved at the ballot box.
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UN chief calls for ‘green and clean’ development in message for Africa Industrialization Day

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 20/11/2019 - 06:10
As African countries gear up to implement an historic free trade agreement, the UN Secretary-General is urging leaders to pursue economic growth that benefits both people and the planet.
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