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Rollout of Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine begins in Congo

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – Health authorities in eastern Congo have introduced a new Ebola vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, aid group MSF said on Thursday, to help combat the world’s second-worst outbreak of the virus on record. A health worker injects a man with Ebola vaccine in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 5, […]
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U.S. to reevaluate South Sudan ties after unity gov’t deadline passes

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir delivers a statement to the press after arriving at the Juba international airport, South Sudan, November 8, 2019.REUTERS/Jok SolomunWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday said it was “gravely disappointed” with South Sudan’s failure to form a unity government by a Nov. 12 deadline and would “reevaluate” its relationship […]
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Malawi receives 17 black rhinos from South Africa

BLANTYRE (Reuters) – Seventeen black rhinos have been released into Malawi’s Liwonde national park after arriving from South Africa as part of conservation efforts aimed at keeping the local population of the endangered species healthy and safe. A black rhino is seen at a game reserve near Cape Town, South Africa, file. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings//File PhotoBy […]
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Norway’s DNB to investigate allegedly improper Icelandic payments to Namibia

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian bank DNB is investigating media allegations that an Icelandic company transferred money via the bank to bribe Namibian officials, DNB said on Wednesday. Iceland’s public broadcaster reported on Tuesday that fisheries group Samherji had made illicit payments worth millions of dollars to secure fishing quotas in Namibia. “We are of course […]
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Tanzania says gunmen kill 6 in ambush near Mozambique border

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Unknown gunmen killed six farmers near Tanzania’s southern border with Mozambique, a senior police official said on Wednesday, amid growing concerns over Islamist militants in a poor region where foreign companies are developing gas deposits. The ambush on Tuesday night, on an island in the Ruvuma River that forms the border […]
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Two Namibian ministers resign over bribery scandal involving Icelandic fishing firm

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia’s justice and fisheries ministers resigned on Wednesday over bribery claims involving Icelandic fishing firm Samherji, local media reported on Wednesday. Justice Minister Sackeus Shanghala and Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernhard Esau resigned from cabinet following media reports they awarded horse mackerel quotas to Iceland’s biggest fishing firm in exchange for […]
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Property prices soar in Libya’s capital as displaced seek housing

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Since fleeing his southern Tripoli home seven months ago with his pregnant wife and daughter, Moataz Saleh al-Fagih has been staying for free in an apartment provided by his employer. A man walks past a banner advertising for buildings that will be built, in Tripoli, Libya November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail ZitounyWith rents […]
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Egypt seeks to parry rights criticism after mass arrests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has been trying to deflect criticism of its human rights record and prison conditions ahead of a U.N. review in Geneva on Wednesday that comes in the wake of thousands of new arrests. A pro Egyptian President Sisi supporter shouts slogans as she demonstrates after Friday prayers in Alexandria, Egypt, September […]
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Petrol stations on Nigeria’s borders close after fuel delivery ban

ABUJA/BAUCHI (Reuters) – Fuel stations along Nigeria’s land borders have closed and prices have spiked after customs authorities banned deliveries of petroleum products to stations within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the border in an attempt to curb smuggling. Border communities have complained about the move however, prompting Nigeria’s lower chamber of parliament on Tuesday […]
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Uganda charges 67 after raid on gay bar

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Ugandan court charged 67 people with causing a nuisance on Tuesday after they were arrested in a gay-friendly bar, in a move condemned by activists as the latest “homophobic” attack. The 67 – who were among 127 arrested at Ram Bar, in the capital, Kampala, on Sunday – could […]
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Eswatini next to suspend S.African animal imports after foot and mouth outbreak

Cattle are herded in Cato Ridge, South Africa, July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Rogan WardMBABANE (Reuters) – ESwatini has suspended animal imports from neighbouring South Africa for a second time this year following another outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the mountain kingdom’s agricultural ministry said on Tuesday. In January, eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, joined Botswana and Zimbabwe […]
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How a preacher sent gunmen into Burkina Faso’s schools

FAUBE, Burkina Faso (Reuters) – When an Islamist preacher took up the fight in Burkina Faso’s northern borderlands almost a decade ago, his only weapon was a radio station. The words he spoke kindled the anger of a frustrated population, and helped turn their homes into a breeding ground for jihad. Displaced protestants, who fled […]