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Ugandans invent ‘smart jacket’ to diagnose pneumonia

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Ugandans invent ‘smart jacket’ to diagnose pneumonia

Ugandans invent ‘smart jacket’ to diagnose pneumonia

KAMPALA: A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a “smart jacket” that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other. The idea came to Olivia Koburongo, 26, after her grandmother fell ill, and was moved from hospital to hospital before being properly diagnosed with […]

Is there an explanation for Africa’s odd ‘fairy circles’?

Posted by on 21/01/2017
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Is there an explanation for   Africa’s odd ‘fairy circles’?

Is there an explanation for Africa’s odd ‘fairy circles’?

WASHINGTON: The forces behind the mysterious “fairy circles” that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex. The formations are circles of land dozens of feet wide that create a stunning pattern in the Namib desert and have mystified locals and scientists for ages. Inside […]

Gambia’s Jammeh stares down deadline to quit – Troops ready for military intervention

Posted by on 20/01/2017
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Gambia’s Jammeh stares down deadline to quit – Troops ready for military intervention

Gambia’s Jammeh stares down deadline to quit – Troops ready for military intervention

BANJUL: Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh faced a “last chance saloon” deadline to step down as troops from five African nations stood by for action and key regional leaders flew in to make a final plea. Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea’s Alpha Conde told reporters hope remained for a political resolution to the country’s handover […]

Congolese M23 rebels cross over from Uganda, take village

Posted by on 15/01/2017
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Congolese M23 rebels cross  over from Uganda, take village

Congolese M23 rebels cross over from Uganda, take village

KINSHASA: Congolese rebels who had taken refuge in neighboring Uganda crossed the border overnight armed with weapons, the DR Congo government said yesterday. About 200 former members of M23, an ethnic Tutsi group defeated by the Congolese army in 2013, arrived from Uganda and took over the village of Ishasha, in North Kivu province, government […]

5 suicide bombers die, kill 3 in Nigeria attack

Posted by on 09/01/2017
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5 suicide bombers die, kill 3 in Nigeria attack

5 suicide bombers die, kill 3 in Nigeria attack

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Five suicide bombers trying to infiltrate Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri have died in explosions that killed at least three civilians, police said yesterday, blaming Boko Haram Islamic extremists. Sunday night’s blasts occurred more than 10 kilometers (6 miles) apart on the city’s eastern outskirts, deputy superintendent Victor Isuku said. Three men strapped […]

Fortune hunters flock to Madagascar’s sapphire mines

Posted by on 08/01/2017
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Fortune hunters flock to Madagascar’s sapphire mines

Fortune hunters flock to Madagascar’s sapphire mines

‘Just digging the hole itself takes time, almost two weeks’ BETSINEFE, Madagascar: The dusty figure is lowered slowly into the ground like a bucket into a well, armed with just a crowbar, a shovel and an old, unreliable headlamp. In the surrounding countryside, bodies rise and sink from hundreds of holes just wide enough for […]

Ivory Coast army revolt spreads

Posted by on 07/01/2017
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Ivory Coast army revolt spreads

Ivory Coast army revolt spreads

Govt seeks to defuse troops’ mutiny as unrest grows BOUAKE, Ivory Coast: Mutinying soldiers entered Ivory Coast’s military headquarters and fired into the air inside the compound housing the defense ministry on Saturday, a diplomatic source said, and the defense minister sought to negotiate an end to their two-day revolt. The uprising began early on […]

Shabaab bombers attack Somali checkpoint, hotel

Posted by on 02/01/2017
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Shabaab bombers attack Somali checkpoint, hotel

Shabaab bombers attack Somali checkpoint, hotel

MOGADISHU: Suicide bombers attacked the main peacekeeping base in Somalia’s capital yesterday, killing at least three Somali security officers, police said. Islamist Shabaab militants, who want to topple the Western-backed government, said they carried out the assault near Mogadishu’s main airport, an area used by several embassies, aid groups and telecoms companies. One bomber drove […]

Playboy son of E.Guinea leader on trial in France

Posted by on 02/01/2017
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Playboy son of E.Guinea leader on trial in France

Playboy son of E.Guinea leader on trial in France

PARIS: The playboy son of Equatorial Guinea’s leader, notorious for his extravagant taste in cars, homes and Michael Jackson memorabilia, goes on trial yesterday in Paris charged with plundering his country’s coffers to fund his jet set lifestyle in France. Teodorin Obiang, his country’s vice-president, is accused of using state money to buy a mansion […]

Boko Haram leader in video says group safe

Posted by on 29/12/2016
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Boko Haram leader in video says group safe

Boko Haram leader in video says group safe

KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram’s elusive leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video yesterday to dispute a claim that the jihadist group had been routed from its Sambisa Forest stronghold. “We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his […]

‘It was a deception:’ Ex-Somali refugees regret coming home

Posted by on 27/12/2016
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‘It was a deception:’ Ex-Somali refugees regret coming home

‘It was a deception:’ Ex-Somali refugees regret coming home

Conditions are dire at Somali camp MOGADISHU: “I was betrayed,” lamented Madino Dhurow of her return to Somalia from the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, where she lived for 12 years. She said she was assured safety and support back home but she found those promises to be empty. She is among thousands of Somalis […]

Christmas massacres in DR Congo leave 35 dead

Posted by on 26/12/2016
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Christmas massacres in DR Congo leave 35 dead

Christmas massacres in DR Congo leave 35 dead

Troops kill 10 soldiers from Burundi GOMA, DR Congo: Attacks in villages and fighting between militias killed at least 35 people over the Christmas weekend in North Kivu, a majority Christian area in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The bloodshed began in Eringeti-a town 55 kilometres (35 miles) north of the regional hub Beni, which […]

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