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More than 40 dead in Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria

At least 43 people have died and 450 people are ill in a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic illness, is endemic in most of West Africa, especially Nigeria, ...

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Morgan Tsvangirai: From a nickel miner to an icon

It’s a dark moment for Zimbabwe. Iconic opposition leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has died after a two-year battle against colon cancer. His death will remain as one of the rare moments that has united Zimbabwean politicians from ...

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Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes ‘racist blackface’ sketch

A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up to lampoon black ...

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Japan’s Princess Mako postpones marriage to Kei Komuro

Japan’s Princess Mako and her commoner fiance Kei Komuro have postponed their highly anticipated engagement and wedding until at least 2020, saying they were not yet ready for marriage. The wedding, which had been set for November, was to be ...

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Zuma’s Trial

After nine years leading South Africa, Jacob Zuma’s presidency has come to an end. His rule was overshadowed by a series of extraordinary scandals. This charming man “Ehe… ehehehehehe… eh-he-he-hee… ahahahahayeee.” The warm, rich, indulgent chuckle of South Africa’s President ...

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Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has been sworn in as South Africa’s president, fewer than 24 hours after the resignation of embattled ex-leader Jacob Zuma. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the people ...

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Oxfam deputy resigns over aid mission sex scandals

UK-based charity Oxfam’s second-in-command has quit over allegations aid workers paid for sex while on assignments in Haiti and Chad. Penny Lawrence, Oxfam’s deputy chief executive, said in a statement on Monday she was “ashamed” of staff members’ use of prostitutes in ...

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South Africa: ANC leaders expected to ask President Zuma to resign

Leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC party are meeting to decide the future of President Jacob Zuma. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask him to step down, says BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa ...

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Mo Ibrahim prize: Liberia’s Sirleaf wins African leadership prize

Liberia’s ex-president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has won the $5m (£3.6m) Mo Ibrahim prize for African Leadership. Mrs Sirleaf, who stepped down last month, became Africa’s first elected female president in 2006. She was praised for her work rebuilding the nation ...

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Raila Odinga ‘sworn in’ as Kenya’s people’s president

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has taken an unofficial oath to be “sworn in” as the nation’s people’s president. Odinga took his oath on Tuesday afternoon, cheered on by thousands of supporters who had gathered in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park. “Today ...

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