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Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini

King Mswati III declares name change 50 years after independence from British ruleThe king of Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, has announced that his country has changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence

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South Africa rhino poaching: 'Web of corruption' blamed

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, conservationist Jane Goodall and others urge more action.

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Moment mace is stolen in Nigerian Senate

Intruders stormed into the Nigerian upper house and took the symbolic mace.

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Nigerian Senate was on high alert after armed men interrupted a session

The Nigerian Senate was on high alert Wednesday after armed men interrupted a session at Nigeria's parliament, stealing its mace.

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Chetan Singh Marwaha obituary

My father, Chetan Singh Marwaha, who has died aged 88, twice during his lifetime suffered great upheavals during which he lost everything. But he never allowed himself to be deflected from his duty to his family and community.As a Sikh Indian subject in 1

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All 14 Cosafa nations set for 2018 Cup

All 14 members of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations will take part in May's Cosafa Cup in South Africa.

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Zimbabwe sacks thousands of nurses on strike for better pay

Vice-president says all strikers fired with immediate effect in interest ‘of saving lives’Zimbabwe has fired thousands of nurses who went on strike to demand higher salaries in a hardline response by the country’s new leadership to growing labour un

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Mugabe is gone and people can now say anything about him

A new satirical play, "Operation Restore Regasi," based on the end days of Mugabe's 37-year rule, packed out theaters in Harare.

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Commonwealth nations pledge £2.7bn to halt deadly resurgence of malaria

Leaders at health summit in London will be urged to adopt target of halving cases of the disease by 2023, to save 650,000 livesInvestments worth more than £2.7bn are being pledged on Wednesday in a drive to halve the number of malaria cases across the Co

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From cattle herder to big pharma expert: one man's fight to end malaria – podcast

Dr Allan Pamba on the ‘silent epidemic’ that drove him to leave his Kenyan village, train as a clinician and become a leading authority on global healthLike many fellow Kenyans, Allan Pamba had his first experience of malaria as a small boy in his gra

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Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers

Naima Abwaan Qorane sentenced for ‘anti-national activity’ in former British protectorateA poet has been sentenced to three years in prison in Somaliland as part of a wide-ranging crackdown against activists and writers. Naima Abwaan Qorane, 27, was j

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How cheap Chinese fish imports have hooked buyers

Over the past few decades Kenyan fishing has rapidly declined, and imports of fish from China have captured the market.

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Malaria parasites present in 25% of donor blood in some African countries, study suggests

Almost one in four blood bank supplies in certain regions of Africa may have malaria parasites in them, a new study suggests.

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Cecafa expel Zanzibar from U-17 championship in Burundi

The Council for East and Central Africa FAs (Cecafa) expels Zanzibar from the Cecafa Under 17 Championship in Burundi, for using ineligible players.

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South Africa backs Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup

South Africa's Football Association (Safa) pledges its 'unqualified' support for Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

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'The earlier you go, the longer you live': HIV self-testing in South Africa | Rebecca Ratcliffe

In a country where people with HIV suffer hugely from discrimination, the privacy afforded by self-testing is having a positive impact on rates of diagnosis and treatmentDavid* is perched on a stool, staring at the table in front of him. On it, a small te

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Belgium comes to terms with 'human zoos' of its colonial past

Sixty years ago, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair. Now the country is rethinking that legacySixty years ago on Tuesday, Belgium staged the opening of the 1958 world fair, a glittering 200-day celebration of postwa

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Ethiopians urge Britain to return bones of ‘stolen’ prince after 150 years

Poet Lemn Sissay adds voice to campaign for repatriation of the boy’s remains with other loot taken after the Battle of MaqdalaFor 150 years, Ethiopians have been asking when Prince Alemayehu will come home. The orphan prince, a descendant of Solomon, w

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Nigeria's President says disagreement in Boko Haram delaying Chibok girls release

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says a rift in terror group Boko Haram is delaying the release of remaining Chibok girls abducted four years ago.

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Gunmen kill 26 in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state

A group of bandits attacked mining communities in Nigeria Zamfara state killing 26 people, officials say.

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UNICEF: Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 1000 children in Nigeria

Terror group Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 1000 children in Nigeria since 2013, UNICEF said Friday ahead of the four-year anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls abductions.

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Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists saySerious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate

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How have attitudes to the Commonwealth changed where you live?

If you live in a Commonwealth nation, we’d like you to tell us how your country’s relationship with the UK has changedAhead of a summit in London there are calls for Theresa May to apologise to Commonwealth nations for the “historic wrongs” of the

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DRC snubs aid conference, saying crisis is exaggerated

Meeting aims to raise $1.7bn for Congolese hit by war, disease, hunger and displacementThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has boycotted a key donor conference in Geneva, accusing aid agencies of exaggerating the extent of the crisis in the

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Meet Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's dressmaker

Sonwabile Ndamase tells the BBC how the late anti-apartheid campaigner’s life influenced her fashion.

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Eleven lions die at Ugandan national park

Authorities suspect poisoning caused deaths at popular tourist destinationEleven lions, including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned, a conservation official said on Thursday.The

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The Guardian view on the DRC: millions are desperate. Their government does not care | Editorial

The country is in the grips of one of the world’s worst crises. But Joseph Kabila is boycotting the funding drive that could help his peopleThe world has managed to largely ignore one of its worst humanitarian crises, unfolding now in central Africa. Th

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