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Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October: WHO

At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination programme, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Boat made of old flip-flops flies flag for cleaner African seas

It was 6pm when an unusual rainbow-coloured boat, made of recycled plastic waste and discarded flip-flops gathered from beaches and roadsides, dropped anchor off the beach at Mtwapa, near Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.

Poverty not an obstacle to excellent healthcare in Africa: Gates

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said that excellent basic healthcare that would prevent easily treatable but deadly conditions was achievable even in Africa's poorest nations.

Algeria’s Bouteflika: highlights of a long presidency

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, reported on Sunday to be seeking a fifth term in April elections, has had a long stint as head of the North African country.

US-China trade tensions could hit African growth: AFDB

Persisting trade tensions between economic superpowers the United States and China could shave 0.7 per cent from Africa's GDP in 2019, a senior official at the African Development Bank (AfDB) said.

African nations sense upper hand in minerals stand-off

African nations with rich reserves of copper and cobalt needed for the shift to electric vehicles sense they have the upper hand in negotiations with mining companies that are struggling to secure better terms.

Macau | Lusa to boost coverage in Portuguese-language Africa, China and Macau – Chairman

Portugal's national news agency, Lusa, aims this year to increase its output of news on Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and to expand its presence in China, at a time when Macau is becoming increasingly strategically important for that country because of its links with the Portuguese-speaking world

Total makes ‘significant’ offshore S.Africa gas find

French energy giant Total announced Thursday it had found "significant" gas off the southern coast of South Africa, a discovery expected to boost the nation's struggling economy and reduce reliance on imports.

Angola: State collects €16.5 mln in three months through timber exports

Angola collected €16.5 mln through timber exports in three months under Luanda's new entity that coordinates and supervises the exploration, transport and trade of timber, the ministry of state for economic and social development revealed on Tuesday

MBtv: Africa Weekly – unrest, death and a bit of hope

This week on Africa Weekly, we follow the plight of unaccompanied African minors hoping to find a safe haven in France, and we travel to Ghana where in an effort to boost the economy, the government is trying to encourage the country's diaspora to return home. Death and hope during a turbulent week.

Angola: Criminalising LGBT defamation would be ‘greatest step’ forward – NGO

Angolan non-governmental organisation Íris Angola welcomed the country's move to decriminalise homosexuality but said the "greatest step" forward would be to criminalise defamation against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community

10 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Gunmen killed 10 Chadian peacekeepers and injured at least 25 others in an attack on a UN camp in northern Mali on Sunday, one of the deadliest strikes against the UN mission in the West African country.

Morocco foils 89,000 illegal migration attempts in 2018 – interior ministry

Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018, up 37 percent compared to a year earlier, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as the country became the main launchpad in the Mediterranean for Europe-bound migrants.

One in three Christians in Asia faces persecution: report

One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a "shocking increase" of religious-based threats and violence across the world, particularly in China and sub-Saharan Africa, a global advocacy group said Wednesday.

Africa faces challenges of illiteracy, electrification and industrialization – PR Angola

The President of Angola today defended in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) that in order to develop, Africa will have to overcome the challenges of illiteracy, electrification and industrialization.

Guinea-Bissau: Supreme Court sees 24 parties apply for elections

Guinea-Bissau's supreme court received 24 applications from political parties to participate in the country's legislative elections scheduled for 10 March, it said on Friday

Macau | Monetary authority and BNU propose use of Chinese currency in transactions with Mozambique

The Monetary Authority of Macau and local bank BNU have defended in Maputo, Mozambique the use of the RMB as an alternative currency for commercial transactions in the African Portuguese-speaking country

Namibia suspends meat imports from South Africa over foot and mouth disease

Namibia has suspended meat imports from South Africa due to the outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease, state broadcaster, NBC, said on Wednesday.

S.African, Tanzanians among suspected jihadist leaders in Mozambique

Mozambican prosecutors on Monday named a South African and two Tanzanians among leaders of a jihadist group operating in the northern gas-rich region, saying the group wants to create an independent state.

MBtv: Africa Weekly – From Mali to Angola

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Mali where the government is trying to attract tourists to the safer regions of a country that has been plagued with violence and we meet the men and women behind Angola’s largest ever investment in offshore oil and gas exploration.
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