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Tanzania in tightest election in decades

Tanzania is in the grip of one its closest elections in decades.<p>President Jakaya Kikwete is standing down and John Magufuli is looking to lead the ruling CCM government, in power for 54 years, to another election victory.<p>The opposition led by Edward Lowassa is pushing Magufuli hard.

Ethiopia may be portrayed as an emerging African powerhouse, but prolonged drought has left 8.2 million people facing a major food security crisis<p>On a bright afternoon in east Ethiopia, Mohammed Jibril’s family is passing around corncobs roasted over a fire. Bulky cows lounge on the other side of a …

Record El Niño Set to Cause Hunger for 10 Million Poorest

<i>By Oliver Milman, The Guardian</i>At least 10 million of the world’s poorest people are set to go hungry this year because of failing crops caused by one …

Adoption or trafficking? Fears grow for Uganda's 'orphans'

1 / 2<p>A picture of Ugandan boy Mohammad Luwasi, who Ugandan authorities claim has been trafficked to the US<p>A picture of Ugandan boy Mohammad Luwasi, …

Christian leaders hosted in Nairobi mosque for prayers to boost cohesion

<b>NAIROBI:</b> Muslim leaders hosted their Christian counterparts for Friday prayers in Nairobi’s Jamia mosque for the first time in the country history in …

Six Million Lives Saved: Malaria Cases in Africa Cut in Half

Concerted efforts across Africa have prevented nearly 700 million cases of malaria on the continent in the past 15 years.<p>Of those, the World Health …

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Fake KFCs Thrive in Sudan Despite U.S. Sanctions

Almost 20 years of U.S. sanctions on Sudan aren’t stopping Yasser Moustafa tucking into a bucket of fried chicken from a red and white-decorated …

Boko Haram:58,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, Chad, Niger

<i>Related News</i><p>About 58,000 Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria are taking refuge in neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and …

South Africa, hit by electricity shortages, opens first power station in 20 years | Reuters

LEPHALALE, South Africa, Aug 30 (Reuters) - President Jacob Zuma opened South Africa’s first new power plant in 20 years on Sunday with a warning that the country’s perennial energy shortages were hampering economic growth.<p>Construction on the six-unit, 4,764 MW Medupi plant near Lephalale, about …

Dozens Killed In Horror Car Crashes In Southern Africa

Dozens of people, including many young girls, were killed in separate car crashes in South Africa and Swaziland.<p>In a day of horror on the roads in southern Africa, dozens of people, including many young girls, were killed in separate vehicle crashes in Swaziland and South Africa.<p>The young girls and …

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2 suicide bombings end 3 days of peace in Afghanistan<p>Speeding taxi runs into crowd of tourists on Moscow sidewalk<p>Children watching the World Cup …

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South Korea fires at North Korea in retaliation for loudspeaker attack

Defence ministry in Seoul says it has increased monitoring of its neighbour after projectile was reportedly lobbed across the border<p>South Korea has fired dozens of artillery rounds towards North Korea after its neighbour fired projectiles towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been blaring …

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How fake elephant tusks with GPS trackers helped reveal central Africa’s ivory smuggling route

Each year, over 30,000 elephants are poached on the African continent, mainly for their ivory. Bryan Christy, an investigative journalist with National Geographic, decided to track how ivory is smuggled. He commissioned a taxidermist to create two fake elephant tusks, embedded with GPS tracking …

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New limbs and new hope for Africa's hunted albino children

Like other little boys, Baraka Cosmas Lusambo loves to play soccer. When he hears music, his feet tap and his face breaks out into a wide smile. During summer pool time recently, he used his left hand to toss a ball through a basketball hoop while red arm floaties kept him above water.<p>The joy …

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Embarrassing Jeb Bush Flip-Flops on Iraq, Again

By his collapsing poll numbers, despite his intense campaigning, we know that Jeb Bush might be one of the worst candidates of all time. But, sometimes, bad politicians make good elected officials. So, the question remains, would Jeb Bush make a good Commander in Chief?<p>No.<p>I had planned to write an …

​N. Korea demands halt to South-US military drills, threatens with 'unimaginable holocaust'

North Korea has demanded South Korea and the US halt their annual military drill, calling it “a serious provocation.” If not, north-south relations …

Islamic State confirmed to have used mustard gas against Kurds in Syria

American analysts confirm that Islamic State used chemical weapons on a Kurdish militia<p>The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) used mustard agent in its fight against a Kurdish militia in Syria, testing has confirmed.<p>Unnamed US government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical …