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The man behind Ethiopia’s first botanic garden

A leading Ethiopian botanical scientist plans to open Ethiopia’s first botanic garden. Professor Sebsebe Demissew says the continent needs people with the skills to advance plant research. The award-winning botanist has been explaining to us what the benefits of plants

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March 23rd, 2017

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British woman denies plotting against Rwanda’s Kagame

Image caption Violette Uwamahoro (R) was arrested on 14 February A pregnant woman from the United Kingdom has appeared in court in Rwanda on charges of spreading state secrets to undermine President Paul Kagame. Violette Uwamahoro, a Rwandan-British youth worker, pleaded not

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March 23rd, 2017

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More than 200 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Only five bodies have been recovered More than 200 migrants are feared dead in a boat sinking off the coast of Libya, a Spanish aid organisation says. Proactiva Open Arms said it had recovered five bodies floating near two capsized ...

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March 23rd, 2017

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British woman denies plotting against Rwanda’s Kagame

Image caption Violette Uwamahoro (R) was arrested on 14 February A pregnant woman from the United Kingdom has appeared in court in Rwanda on charges of spreading state secrets to undermine President Paul Kagame. Violette Uwamahoro, a Rwandan-British youth worker, pleaded not

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March 23rd, 2017

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Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kenya’s government is initially seeking to raise $1.5m (£1.2m) from the mobile bonds Kenya has become the first country to exclusively sell government bonds to citizens via their mobile phones, as it seeks new ways of raising ...

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March 23rd, 2017

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Africa health: Rotavirus vaccine could save 500,000 children a year

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A new vaccine could save half a million children a year. Pictured: A Somali child being treated in a ward dedicated to diarrhoea patients Hopes are growing for a new, inexpensive, heat-proof vaccine to protect against a disease which ...

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March 23rd, 2017

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South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg

Image copyright AFP Image caption Minibus taxis are widely used form of public transport in South Africa A boy of 10 was forced to lie face down while his mother was subjected to a four-hour rape ordeal in a Johannesburg taxi, reports from South Africa say. He and his mother

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March 23rd, 2017

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‘Made in Morocco’

Image copyright Inditex Image caption This Zara dress had been to at least five countries before it ended up on a shop hanger “Made in Morocco” says the label on the pink Zara shirt dress. While this may be where the garment was finally sewn together, it has ...

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March 23rd, 2017

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‘Vegetable ivory’

Image copyright Ivonne Wierink Image caption The tagua seed reaches 9cm (3.5 inches) in length, and can be carved like ivory Onno Heerma van Voss jokes that he never intended to be a conservationist, but he is helping to save the African elephant. Numbers of elephants in the

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March 23rd, 2017

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Safe to drink?

A recent court case in Nigeria has highlighted concerns that locally made soft drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption elsewhere, as Ijeoma Ndukwe explains. There has been uproar in Nigeria after it emerged that the company that manufactures Fanta and Sprite, ...

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March 23rd, 2017

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