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Africa lion numbers ‘may fall by half’

Image copyright Getty Image caption Almost all lion populations that historically exceeded 500 are declining. The number of lions in Africa is rapidly dropping, except in highly-managed areas in the south of the continent, a study has found. It suggests that lion populations

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October 28th, 2015

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TB ‘joins HIV as most deadly infection’

Image copyright Thinkstock Tuberculosis now ranks alongside HIV as the world’s most deadly infectious disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Each accounted for between 1.1 million and 1.2 million deaths in 2014. The WHO said the tuberculosis figures were ...

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October 28th, 2015

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‘Rape and cannibalism’ in South Sudan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The AU report details horrific crimes said to have been committed by both sides of the conflict The African Union (AU) has accused government and rebel forces in South Sudan of extreme violence since the conflict erupted at the end of 2013. ...

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October 28th, 2015

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Zanzibar vote annulled after fight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zanzibar maintains a political union with Tanzania, but has its own parliament and president Elections in Zanzibar have been annulled for not being free and fair, the electoral chief on the Tanzanian archipelago has announced. Rows ...

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South Sudan’s shattered dream

Image caption Regina, a villager from Kaldak, cooks leaves and grass Almost four million people are facing severe food shortages, with thousands at risk of starvation, in South Sudan, in what has been described as one of the worst humanitarian crises. According to a report ...

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Can Mandela’s ex-prison mate lead Fifa?

Image copyright Getty Images Mosima Gabriel Sexwale, otherwise known as “Tokyo” – a nickname from his days as a young karate enthusiast – is not your quintessential football administrator, despite the fact that the South African is now bidding to ...

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Huge win for Ivory Coast president

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alassane Ouattara’s campaign centred on the country’s rapid economic growth Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has won a second five-year term with nearly 84% of the vote, electoral commission officials say. His ...

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Why are Egyptians suddenly remembering an ‘iconic’ protester?

Image copyright Alaa Abdel Fattah Image caption This image from Alaa Abdel Fattah’s Twitter account was used as a profile picture by many If the red and yellow image above looks more like pop art than an ordinary social media profile picture – well, that’s ...

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October 28th, 2015

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The movies where police join in as extras

A group of film-makers and stuntmen is hoping to turn the breakaway territory of Somaliland into the next Hollywood. Undeterred by a shortage of cash, they turn to the local police for help when they need props and extras. It’s the middle of nowhere and cars are ...

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King of jazz: The Nigerian saxophonist inspiring generations

Media captionWill Ross meets the staff and students at Peter King’s College of Music In a small practice room in the Nigerian city of Lagos, a young drummer breaks into sweat as he energetically thumps out rhythms for hours on end. In the next room, a tenor saxophonist

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October 27th, 2015

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