Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls angers Tanzanians

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Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Many Tanzanians have condemned President John Magufuli’s comments that schoolgirls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up to get the president to reverse his comments. Mr Magufuli warned […]

Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Sir Ketumile Masire – the “architect” of Botswana’s stability Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports […]

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

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Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira” […]

Mauritius wins UN vote on Chagos Islands

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Image copyright Science Photo Library A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands. The former […]

First UK African war memorial opens

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Image copyright BBC Africa Image caption The memorial had been on display at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton in 2014. Britain’s first memorial to the African and Caribbean soldiers of the First and Second World Wars has been unveiled in London. An estimated two million Afro-Caribbean soldiers fought in both world wars. The sculpture, […]

Choi Soon-sil: South Korean ex-president’s friend jailed

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Choi (centre) was a longtime friend and adviser to former South Korean President Park Geun-hye A close friend of South Korea’s former president has been jailed for three years for corruption. Choi Soon-sil’s conviction for soliciting favours for her daughter is the first in a wide-reaching influence-peddling scandal which brought […]

United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter The United States has suspended Brazilian meat imports over “recurring concerns about the safety of products intended for the American market”. Several countries banned Brazilian meat in March, when prosecutors said health inspectors there had been taking bribes to approve sub-standard meat. The […]