The company decoding African DNA

Black Africans are at disadvantage when it comes to drug treatments because they represent only 2% of the genetic samples used for pharmaceutical research, but a new Nigeria-based genomics company wants to change that. This dearth of genetic studies on diverse populations also has implications for risk prediction of diseases across the world, according to a scientific paper published by […]

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Cash, trolls and a cult leader: How Russia meddles abroad for profit

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR (NYTIMES) – The Russians were hard to miss. They appeared suddenly last year in Madagascar’s traffic-snarled capital, carrying backpacks stuffed with cash and campaign swag decorated with the name of Madagascar’s president. It was one of Russia’s most overt attempts at election interference to date. Working from their headquarters in a resort hotel, the Russians published their own […]

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'So many dead': Survivors describe terrifying Burkina Faso ambush

OUAGADOUGOU (REUTERS) – A mine worker shot during an ambush on a mining convoy in Burkina Faso said on Friday (Nov 8) he was one of only three survivors from a bus with up to 80 people aboard, suggesting the death toll may be much higher than officially reported. A fellow survivor gave a similar account of Wednesday’s militant attack […]

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Burkina Faso parliament member killed in Sahel region

Killing of Oumaru Dicko has raised questions about authorities’ ability to rein in armed groups in country’s north. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – A Burkinabe member of parliament and deputy mayor of Djibo, a town in Burkina Faso’s Sahel province, has been assassinated on the road between Djibo and the capital, Ouagadougou, raising alarm over the continued violence in the country. Local […]

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Where landlords demand $20,000 rent upfront

Finding a decent, affordable place to live is a common problem facing young people in many places. But in Nigeria’s booming commercial hub, Lagos, it is almost impossible as landlords demand a year’s rent in advance. For two-bedroom apartments with electricity, close to the city’s main business district on Victoria Island, I was asked for between $11,000 (£8,600) and $22,000 […]

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Billionaire told kidnapper to shoot him

Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji has said that he asked his kidnapper to shoot him six days into being held captive. His abduction, 12 months ago, outside a hotel gym in the country’s main city, Dar es Salaam, sparked a huge manhunt. Speaking to the media for the first time about his ordeal, Mr Dewji told the BBC that he was […]

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UN calls for Libyan detention centres to be shut

The UN has called for the dismantling of all detention centres for refugees in Libya, saying the facilities are not fit to house migrants. The appeal comes nearly two weeks after more than 50 people were killed in an air strike on a holding facility in the Libyan capital Tripoli. The victims were mostly Africans attempting to reach Europe on […]

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Dozens dead in Cameroon landslide

At least 37 people have died and others are feared trapped underground in a landslide on Monday in the west of Cameroon, officials say. Rescuers in the town of Bafoussam have been looking for survivors in the remains of houses flattened by earth dislodged after heavy rainfall. Regional governor Fonka Awa Augustine said people had built homes on unsafe ground […]

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Where are Liberia’s missing millions?

Liberians are angry about the apparent disappearance of state funds – and are planning a protest march on Friday to demand answers. Their anger centres on two scandals: What happened? In September 2018, local media reported that shipping containers filled with newly printed Liberian dollars from Swedish banknote manufacturer Crane AB disappeared from Liberia’s entry ports between 2016 and 2017. […]

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The Finnish couple who built a sauna in Uganda

When Ukko Liikkanen and Niina Prittinen first visited Uganda in 2013, they were not thinking of swapping the polar circle for the equator. Mr Liikkanen was born in the capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi. His wife Niina in Kokkola, in the province of Western Finland. Now four years later the Finnish couple live in Entebbe, Uganda, permanently. They run a […]

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