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The runner who won gold after sight loss

Kenyan athlete Henry Wanyoike was a promising able-bodied distance runner but in his early 20s, he lost his sight overnight and his life changed forever. It took him years to accept but eventually he began to run again. Henry Wanyoike reached the pinnacle of his sport when ...

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August 31st, 2016

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What’s Up Africa: Blame patients for bad healthcare?

In some public health services in Africa there is a lack of drugs, beds and personnel, but who is to blame? Satirist Ikenna Azuike is in Malawi and says it is neither the government’s nor the health workers’ fault – people should start blaming the patients.

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August 31st, 2016

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Behind Nigeria’s recession

Nigeria is one of Africa’s leading economies but it is now suffering from its worst economic crisis in years. Figures released today show that Nigeria is officially in recession for the first time in more than a decade. But why is it struggling and how are people ...

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August 31st, 2016

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Israel police chief: ‘Natural’ to suspect Ethiopians of crime

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews said Roni Alsheich’s remarks were “intolerable” Israel’s police commissioner has been criticised for suggesting it is natural to suspect Israelis of Ethiopian descent of ...

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August 31st, 2016

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Nigerian economy slips into recession

Media captionNigeria in recession: How the country got here Nigeria has slipped into recession, with the latest growth figures showing the economy contracted by 2.06% between April and June. The country has now seen two consecutive quarters of declining growth, the usual ...

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Ebola volunteers offered group therapy in Sierra Leone

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the world’s worst outbreak of the disease. Burying bodies safely was an important part of halting the spread of the virus which is passed on by direct contact with bodily fluids – and a dead body is even more contagious. Two

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Slow birth rate found in African forest elephants

Image copyright Andrea Turkalo Image caption Scientists found that forest elephants start to breed at around the age of 23 African forest elephants have an extremely slow birth rate, putting them under greater pressure from poaching, research suggests. Scientists have found ...

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August 31st, 2016

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Rushing to vaccinate millions

An emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola is coming to an end with millions of people reached. Hundreds have died in what has been described as the largest outbreak of the disease in 30 years. Article source: ...

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August 31st, 2016

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Bono and Africa’s richest man visit Nigeria camp

Bono and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, have visited a camp of 2.3 million displaced people in north-east Nigeria. Aid agencies have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis caused by war with Boko Haram. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37212289

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August 31st, 2016

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Migrant crisis: ‘They couldn’t wait… they threw themselves into the water’

About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya in 40 co-ordinated missions, the Italian coastguard has said. Video footage shows migrants, most said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, swimming towards rescue vessels. Laura Lanuza, from charity Proactiva Open Arms, described ...

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August 31st, 2016

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