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Zimbabwe’s import ban fuels smugglers

Beitbridge is one of the busiest borders in Africa, linking Zimbabwe to South Africa. It is also a transit point for people moving goods into the rest of region. Each day thousands of people pass through it, carrying all manner of goods to sell back home. However, with ...

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September 30th, 2016

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New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new database suggests there were 1,800 seizures of great apes over the past ten years A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, ...

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September 30th, 2016

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US invests $50m in Niger drone base for counterterrorism

Image copyright Other The US is investing at least $50m in a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones. The US already has a presence in the capital Niamey, where it shares an airbase with France’s anti-Islamist force, Operation Barkhane. MQ-9

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September 30th, 2016

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Cause of US sisters’ Seychelles deaths remains a mystery

Image copyright KARE-TV Image caption An itinerary found the sisters had been touring Africa since 1 September Two US sisters discovered dead while on holiday in the Seychelles died of excess fluid in their lungs, according to police on the Indian Ocean resort. The bodies of

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September 30th, 2016

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Libya: More than 100 families at risk of starvation in Benghazi

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families have been trapped in a small area of Benghazi for months as battles continue to rage around them. Pictured: A man looks over the destroyed city More than 100 families trapped in a Libyan neighbourhood are at risk of ...

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September 30th, 2016

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Salute or slur?

Image copyright AP In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers efforts by the authorities in Zimbabwe to protect the country’s flag. Steps are under way by the Zimbabwean authorities to protect the nation’s ...

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September 30th, 2016

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No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency celebrates Botswana’s 50th

To mark 50 years of Botswana’s independence, author Alexander McCall Smith has written an exclusive short story featuring the two main characters from his No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Mr McCall Smith’s detective books are set in the southern ...

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September 30th, 2016

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A new ‘lunatic line’?

Image copyright Nairobi Railway Museum Thousands of railway workers died building Kenya’s so-called “lunatic line”, some by man-eating lions. The BBC’s Alastair Leithead considers if a new railway line through a national park could get the same ...

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September 29th, 2016

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Didi Akinyelure: The six lives of Boko Haram’s leader

Image copyright AFP Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video to reject reports that he was fatally wounded by Nigeria’s military last month. He has been reported dead several times before. July 2009: Dead Abubakar Shekau took over ...

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September 29th, 2016

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Central African Republic militiamen ordered to vacate schools

Image copyright AFP Image caption A lack of teachers, displacement and the destruction of school buildings has contributed to the problem Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been told to leave the schools they are occupying or face forceful eviction by UN

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September 29th, 2016

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