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Zimbabwe says 55 elephants die from starvation after drought

HARARE (Reuters) – At least 55 elephants have died in a game park in western Zimbabwe since September from starvation caused by a severe drought, the wildlife agency said on Monday. A herd of elephants gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File PhotoZimparks spokesman Tinashe Farawo said […]
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British-born Nigerian actor hopes black skinhead film will heal pain

LAGOS (Reuters) – British-born Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was taken into foster care by a white family near London as a baby in the 1960s. As a youth, the unthinkable happened: the black boy joined a gang of violent white supremacists. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje attends the world premiere of “Suicide Squad” in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August […]
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Botswana faces first close election contest since independence

GABERONE, (Reuters) – For the first time since it won independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana faces a genuine electoral contest on Wednesday, as a feud between its current and a former president throws one of Africa’s most stable nations into uncertainty. President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi speaks at a session at the World Economic […]
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Sudan rebel leader says government agreed to open access for aid

JUBA (Reuters) – Sudan has agreed to open humanitarian access to war-torn areas of the country for the first time in eight years as part of a new roadmap enabling suspended peace talks to resume, a rebel leader said on Monday. The Blue Nile flows into Ethiopia’s Great Renaissance Dam in Guba Woreda, some 40 […]
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Lion Air 737 MAX families set for crash report briefing

Attendees who lost family and friends in Lion Air flight JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashes listen to testimony during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, U.S., June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mike TheilerJAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia plans to share a […]
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Putin steps up push for influence in Africa with broadside against West

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a conference of the Israeli foundation Keren Hayesod in Moscow, Russia, September 17, 2019. Pavel Golovkin REUTERS/File PhotoMOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin stepped up Russia’s push for influence in Africa days before he hosts a summit with African leaders, saying on Monday that Moscow can offer help without […]
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South Africa will soon announce CEO for crisis-hit utility Eskom – Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the government will soon announce a permanent CEO for state-run Eskom, after the struggling power utility reintroduced rolling blackouts last week. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, in Pretoria, South […]
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Police free nearly 150 from school in northern Nigeria

KADUNA (Reuters) – Police said on Saturday they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse. Shackles and padlocks seen on the ankles of some of the female captives rescued by police from a reformation centre in […]
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Militants kill five in twin attacks on Burkina army outposts – army

DAKAR (Reuters) – Four soldiers and one police officer have been killed in two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe army said on Saturday. Raids by Islamist militants as well as clashes between herding and farming communities have surged this year, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers. In the early hours […]
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Police free nearly 150 from school in northern Nigeria

KADUNA (Reuters) – Police said on Saturday they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse. A pulled back shirt reveals marks of torture on the back of one of the people rescued by the police from […]
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Militants kill five in twin attacks on Burkina army outposts – army

DAKAR (Reuters) – Four soldiers and one police officer have been killed in two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe army said on Saturday. Raids by Islamist militants as well as clashes between herding and farming communities have surged this year, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers. In the early hours […]