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41 dead in Ebola outbreak in Congo

The country's Ministry of Health announced Monday that 57 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region: 30 confirmed and 27 probable. The outbreak has left 41 people dead, according to the World Health Organization.WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited
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Ethiopian Airlines bids to run Nigeria’s new national carrier

Nigeria unveiled plans for Nigeria Air, its new airline last month, and Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika indicated that it was in the market for investors to manage the carrier.After enjoying a very successful financial year in which it carried its 10 millionth passenger, Ethiopian Airlines claims it is in the lead to take that role."We are among a small group
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Hippo kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

The attack took place Saturday evening at Lake Naivasha, about 58 miles from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Chang Ming Chuang, 65, was with a colleague taking pictures of the hippo on the shores of the lake when the animal attacked. Chuang was taken to the Naivasha District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chuang's colleague, Wu Peng Te, 62, survived the attack
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Censorship board brands ‘This is Nigeria’ lyrics vulgar

The song has "indecent and vulgar" lyrics, Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said in a letter to the radio station. Falz 'This is Nigeria' hit song has more than 12 million views on Youtube and has been hailed for its searing political commentary on Nigeria's challenges.Its music video, a cover version of Childish Gambino's viral
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South African student kills herself after alleged rape

Khensani Maseko, a student at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, said she was raped by another student in May, according to a statement by the university. On August 3, the day she took her own life, Maseko posted a cryptic message on social media. "No one deserves to be raped," she wrote and posted on Instagram with a picture showing what is believed to be her date of
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Kenya’s former 400m hurdles world champion dies after car crash

Local police commander Patrick Wambani reported that Bett, aged 28, was killed after his car struck a bump and veered off the road near Nandi County in Kenya's high-altitude North Rift region.Bett had only just returned home from the African Senior Championships in Nigeria on Monday.Following reports of the accident, Kenya's Athletics governing body confirmed
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Congo President Joseph Kabila will not seek election for third term

Kabila instead nominated his interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his successor. The announcement reported in local media brought an end to speculation that Kabila would bypass the country's two-term limit to stand in the December 23 elections. Kabila succeeded his father, Laurent, after his assassination in 2001 and has since maintained a strong grip over
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Zimbabwean security forces round up opposition leaders

It was just before 2 a.m., witnesses said, and the group had just one mission.They were searching for Happymore Chidziva, leader of the opposition party's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Youth Alliance. Jongwe Matanga, a tenant at the house, said the gunmen broke down the doors of other houses on the compound and beat several female tenants, holding a rifle to
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Nigeria’s intelligence chief fired over parliamentary blockade

The incident sparked widespread anger in what one Senator described as a "siege" on the country's democracy.Video of the incident shows Nigeria's lawmakers in angry confrontation with the masked men who blocked all gates leading to the parliament, denying senators and journalists access. Local media reported that the men were operatives of the State security