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Death toll from DR Congo cholera outbreak at 857

November 15, 2018

  IN SUMMARY The provinces of East Kasai and Lomami, in the centre of the country, and South Kivu, Tanganyika and Upper Katanga in the east, are those most affected. Last year, the country had 55,000 cases of cholera, resulting in 1,190 fatalities. Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which can kill within hours […]

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Two thirds of African cities face ‘extreme climate risk’

November 14, 2018

  IN SUMMARY The findings were laid out in the 2018 Climate Vulnerability Index which calculates an overall risk figure from more than 50 separate data sources, including state-of-the-art climate models, socio-economic factors and demographic trends. It found Bangui in the Central African Republic, Liberia’s capital Monrovia and the Congolese city of Mbuji-Mayi to be […]

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Nigeria:Dozens missing after Boko Haram kills 16

November 14, 2018

  IN SUMMARY The civilian militia fighting the Islamists found 15 bodies in fields around Kazaa and Daraa villages, five kilometres (three miles) outside the garrison town of Monguno on Tuesday. A farmer was also shot dead while working near Gremari village, 13 kms from the state capital Maiduguri. The farmers were mostly from camps […]

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UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

November 13, 2018

  By AFP IN SUMMARY The panel said it was too early to assess the full impact of the embargo, which seeks to cut off the flow of weapons after nearly five years of brutal war in South Sudan. The report said “a number of violations have been noted by the panel,” which is also […]

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Opposition deal for unity candidate in DR Congo poll hits problems

November 13, 2018

  IN SUMMARY In late October, thousands of opposition supporters rallied across the country to demand the use of such machines be scrapped, chanting: “Voting machine equals cheating machine.”   Plans to field a single opposition candidate in next month’s presidential elections in DR Congo hit a major snag on Monday after the biggest opposition […]

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Somalia: At least 20 killed in Mogadishu explosions, gunfire

November 10, 2018

Powerful blasts followed by heavy gunfire send plumes of smoke billowing into the air in Somali capital. NEWS / SOMALIA At least 20 people have been killed and 17 wounded in explosions followed by heavy gunfire in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, according to police. Plumes of smoke billowed into the air on Friday as at least […]

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