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Vital Kamerhe: DRC president's chief of staff found guilty of corruption

Vital Kamerhe was sentenced to 20 years hard labour after a trial marked by the murder of a judge. (BBC News)


'Cashpoint aid' and Africa: Who benefits?

The UK's new hard-nosed approach to African aid is greeted with cynicism, writes the BBC's Andrew Harding. (BBC News)


Ethiopian maids dumped outside Beirut embassy

Domestic workers have been left homeless and unpaid amid an ongoing economic crisis in Lebanon, heightened by the coronavirus pandemic. (BBC News)


Dad school: How to be a better father

Dads in Rwanda are taking classes to learn how to be better fathers and husbands. (BBC News)


Coronavirus: Zimbabwe health minister in court on corruption charges

The charges against health minister Obadiah Moyo relate to alleged procurement irregularities. (BBC News)


Thousands of protesters call for resignation of Mali president

A coalition of opposition groups has gathered in Bamako, calling for political and economic reform. (BBC News)


Queen to honour Ghana's fundraising WW2 veteran Pte Joseph Hammond

Private Joseph Hammond, 95, walked two miles a day for a week to raise funds to buy Covid-19 PPE. (BBC News)


South Africa’s battle to protect women against violence

Coronavirus has worsened the growing crisis of gender-based violence in the country. (BBC News)


Tanzania's John Magufuli - the man vowing to defeat coronavirus and imperialism

Will Tanzania's President John Magufuli controversial statements help or hinder his re-election campaign? (BBC News)


Racism in Russia: Stories of prejudice

People of colour in Russia tell the BBC how racism has affected their lives. (BBC News)


Diamond Platnumz and Africa's most popular YouTube stars

Tanzania's Diamond Platnumz is the first sub-Saharan artist to reach a billion YouTube views - how do Africa's other stars compare? (BBC News)


Coronavirus: How vulnerable are health workers in Nigeria?

Doctors in public hospitals have gone on strike, saying they lack the necessary protective equipment to tackle the pandemic. (BBC News)


Endangered cheetahs snapped in award-winning photos

A photography competition shows the endangered big cat in its natural glory. (BBC News)


Rwanda genocide: 'I am a mother - I killed some children's parents'

Female perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide speak about their crimes and desire for reconciliation. (BBC News)


My fake news whodunnit: Caught up in a Senegal fake news scam

A news story accusing a presidential candidate of corruption was written in my name, or almost in my name. (BBC News)


Juneteenth is a celebration of African-American freedom

Why 19 June became a day to celebrate the freedom, culture and empowerment of African-Americans. (BBC News)


Coronavirus in Kenya: 'I couldn't let women die in childbirth during curfew'

Dr Jemimah Kariuki has been helping pregnant women in Kenya to find emergency transport to hospital. (BBC News)


Kenya: Police brutality in the battle against coronavirus in Mathare

In one of Kenya's poorest settlements, brutal policing of a curfew is causing more problems than Covid-19. (BBC News)


Coronavirus: How sex workers are surviving in Uganda and Nigeria

While African governments give aid to their citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic, sex workers have seemingly been forgotten. (BBC News)


Coronavirus in Africa: Has Covid-19 disappeared from Tanzania?

Several doctors in Tanzania insist that Covid-19 is spreading fast despite government's denial. (BBC News)


Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza dies of 'cardiac arrest'

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza died suddenly after being admitted to a hospital on Saturday. (BBC News)


Tanzania's students are getting ready for exams after lockdown

After two months of revising in lockdown, Tanzanian secondary school students are back at their desks. (BBC News)


African Countries Need to Seize Opportunities Created by US-China Tensions

The unfolding US-China power rivalry bears a striking resemblance to the tensions between the US and the Soviet bloc during the Cold War years. Back then, African countries were positioned like pawns on a grand chessboard. Their social and economic progress was hampered because they expended energy aligning themselves with either of the superpowers in the […]

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Q&A: Sexual Violence Survivors and their Access to Care Should not Be Forgotten

In marking the sixth annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, experts reiterated how crucial it is to keep accessible services to survivors, as they are being affected in complex ways due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Post-harvest Losses Becomes Tanzania’s Loss in Youth Farming

As she says goodbye to a group of her friends, Esther Ishabakaki asks whether any of them knows a good tailor who might be interested in joining her newly-opened clothing business. It’s a venture she started three months ago after quitting her farming venture. Setting up a greenhouse in Tanzania’s commercial city, Dar es Salaam, […]

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Sanctions, Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Will Lead to Humanitarian Catastrophe

Susanne Grabenhorst is Chair of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) , a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 63 countries*.

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Drought, rising temperatures, and extreme weather pose risks to Lesotho

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is a place of stark beauty; deep canyons, majestic highlands, vertiginous hillsides, alpine grasslands, sun and sky. Although no bigger than Belgium, it is a critical watershed, giving rise to the headwaters – the ‘white gold’ – that feed two of the major river systems of southern Africa, the Senqu […]

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The price of a migrant worker’s dream

May 27, 2020 marked another dark chapter in the history of global migration. On that day, 26 sons of Bangladesh were brutally murdered in Libya. The crime for which they paid this ultimate price was that they dared to dream! They dreamt of having a better life. They had the audacity to reject the rigid […]

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Food Insecurity Concerns for Latin America and the Caribbean

The multi-dimensional impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America could lead to a “hunger pandemic” if not addressed with urgency.  Norha Restrepo, communications officer at the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Latin America office, shared this concern with IPS following a briefing by the United Nations agency on Tuesday about COVID-19’s impact on the region. […]

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Scourge of Racism Violates UN Charter

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, in an address to the UN Human Rights Council

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We Should Not Aim to Return to Normal

The world before COVID-19 looks very attractive right now. In light of the disease, mass unemployment and social distancing, a return to pre-pandemic normality seems appealing. Yet we should remember what normal was. Normal was obtaining 85 per cent of our energy fossil fuels and losing 7 million people a year to air pollution. Normal […]

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