How Burkina Faso’s fashion industry replacing the sore picture of recent coup, religious extremism

How Burkina Faso’s fashion industry replacing the sore picture of recent coup, religious extremism

Vibrant African clothes, both traditional and contemporary, enlivened the catwalk in Burkina Faso’s fashion week. Designers say they are striving to make the West African country become known as an emerging fashion hub, to offset its reputation for its recent coup and ongoing conflict with Islamic extremists. Some of the...

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African oil producing countries ready to cash in on Russia’s gas exports standoff with the European Union

African oil producing countries ready to cash in on Russia’s gas exports standoff with the European Union

African countries are among those hoping to increase their exports of gas to the European Union, after the EU committed to reduce its reliance on Russian supplies following the invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s suspension of deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria over their refusal to pay in roubles, the Russian currency,...

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Scientists turn to Moon and Mars soils to develop food sources for future with samples collected during Apollo missions

Scientists turn to Moon and Mars soils to develop food sources for future with samples collected during Apollo missions

Scientists have grown plants in lunar soil for the first time, an important step towards making long-term stays on the moon possible. Researchers used small samples of dust collected during the 1969-1972 Apollo missions to grow a type of cress. Much to their surprise, the seeds sprouted after two days....

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Kenya-US military bosses meet in Washington to retool cooperation in eastern Africa and Indian Ocean

Kenya-US military bosses meet in Washington to retool cooperation in eastern Africa and Indian Ocean

US and Kenyan defence officials met at the Pentagon on May 4 to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the countries and look for new ways to increase defence cooperation. Celeste Wallander, assistant secretary of defence for international affairs, met with Kenya Cabinet Secretary of Defence Eugene L Wamalwa and Kenya...

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Ethiopia and World Bank sign agreement for $300 million for reconstruction in conflict-hit regions

Ethiopia and World Bank sign agreement for $300 million for reconstruction in conflict-hit regions

Ethiopia and the World Bank have signed a pact for a grant of $300 million to assist reconstruction and recovery in conflict-hit areas, the finance ministry said. Fighting that erupted in the northern region of Tigray in November 2020, and spilled over into neighbouring Afar and Amhara last year, has...

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US President Biden reverses predecessor’s order, okays deployment of American military in Somalia

US President Biden reverses predecessor’s order, okays deployment of American military in Somalia

Several hundred American troops may return to Somalia after authorisation by US President Joe Biden for their redeployment. Some US officials revealed on Monday after Donald Trump ordered their withdrawal during his presidency. The order by President Biden is a reversal of the decision by President Donald J. Trump to...

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US ticks spread: Tick viruses cause neurological damage, one in ten  10 people die of brain inflammation

US ticks spread: Tick viruses cause neurological damage, one in ten  10 people die of brain inflammation

A disease that is so rare in the United States that it is recognised in only about 40 people each year has taken the life of a person living in Maine. The cause, Powassan virus, is transmitted by ticks, which can pass it on within 15 minutes of biting. The...

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US lawmakers pass concurrent resolution calling for targeted sanctions on Sudan coup leaders

US lawmakers pass concurrent resolution calling for targeted sanctions on Sudan coup leaders

US Senate and House of Representatives concurrently passed a resolution calling for targeted sanctions on the military coup in Sudan, six months after its introduction, increasing pressure on the Biden administration for concrete steps. Introduced on November 4, 2021, the Concurrent Resolution 20 was adopted on May 11, 2022. It...

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Letter from Zimbabwe: Political change in a country where the military is so embedded in the state is no easy matter

Letter from Zimbabwe: Political change in a country where the military is so embedded in the state is no easy matter

I went home to Zimbabwe in December 2021 after over a year as a senior aid worker in Afghanistan, a period of intense turmoil and uncertainty, probably one of the most challenging assignments of my career. Yet Zimbabwe, my country, is also stuck in a political and economic crisis, and...

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‘Selecting’ Somalia president: Gun prices soar in a country where your only protection is the number of weapons you own

‘Selecting’ Somalia president: Gun prices soar in a country where your only protection is the number of weapons you own

The price of an AK-47, the standard weapon of Somali militias, has soared on gun markets ahead of a fraught ballot this weekend, when lawmakers will select the country’s next president.  Parliamentarians from Somalia’s lower and upper houses will decide on May 15 from a list of 39 candidates that...

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