Cancer: Why hospitals in Africa are learning to  ‘put life into your days, not days into your life’

Cancer: Why hospitals in Africa are learning to ‘put life into your days, not days into your life’

Kenya has a national policy that compels nearly all public hospitals to have palliative care units, and the government’s National Health Insurance Fund covers hospital-based treatment. That could soon be extended to home-based care, picking up some of the associated costs like gloves and syringes.

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How River Nile migrated eastward: Long-lost branch of the Nile finally located near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

How River Nile migrated eastward: Long-lost branch of the Nile finally located near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

River Nile is prone to migrating, and in the past, populations have had to relocate to keep up. Over the past few hundred years, the Nile has moved several kilometres to the east, possibly owing to shifting plate tectonics.

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How Mali’s historic city and world’s oldest mud-brick Grand Mosque of Djenné are starved of tourists

How Mali’s historic city and world’s oldest mud-brick Grand Mosque of Djenné are starved of tourists

The Grand Mosque, built in 1907 on the site of an older mosque dating back to the 13th century, is re-plastered every year by local residents in a ritual that brings together the entire city. The towering, earth-coloured structure requires a new layer of mud before the rainy season starts or it would fall into disrepair.

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70 new worries that South Africa’s ruling ANC has to contend with as it braces for a slippery run

70 new worries that South Africa’s ruling ANC has to contend with as it braces for a slippery run

Even as the famous organisation once led by Nelson Mandela has seen a decline in its popularity, no one has risen to a position to replace it. Instead, South Africans who have turned away from the ANC have gone looking for answers among an array of opposition parties.

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New South Africa health faces strong opposition after President Ramaphosa signing into law

New South Africa health faces strong opposition after President Ramaphosa signing into law

Opposition parties accuse Ramaphosa of using the law as a campaign strategy by announcing it nearly two weeks before much anticipated elections. The May 29 vote is expected to be one of the country’s most highly contested.

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Rising number of African gay migrants seek asylum in Europe to escape stiff penalties at home

Rising number of African gay migrants seek asylum in Europe to escape stiff penalties at home

No comprehensive data exists about how many migrants seek or win asylum in the EU on LGBTQ+ grounds. Based on estimates reported by NGOs working with would-be refugees, the numbers in individual EU countries ranged from two to three in Poland in 2016 to 500 in Finland from 2015-2017 and 80 in Italy from 2012-2017, according to a 2017 report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

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Former Gambian interior minister to serve 20 years in a Swiss prison for crimes against humanity

Former Gambian interior minister to serve 20 years in a Swiss prison for crimes against humanity

The Federal Criminal Court in the southern town of Bellinzona ruled that Sonko’s crimes – including homicide, torture and false imprisonment – amounted to crimes against humanity. However, they did not rise to “aggravated” cases that could have brought the maximum penalty of life behind bars, according to several lawyers who attended the trial.

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Anxiety spreads in South Africa ahead of May 29 presidential election expected to weaken ruling ANC base

Anxiety spreads in South Africa ahead of May 29 presidential election expected to weaken ruling ANC base

President Cyril Ramaphosa hopes the May 29 ballot will lead to his re-election. But if the ANC does lose its majority, it will force it into a coalition to form a government – also a first for the country and something that may complicate policymaking in Africa’s most advanced economy.

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Nigeria labour unions turn the heat on Tinubu administration over higher electricity prices

Nigeria labour unions turn the heat on Tinubu administration over higher electricity prices

Protesting workers said they are frustrated that Nigeria’s chronically erratic power supply has not improved despite the higher prices.

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Sudan Witness: Fire used as weapon in military and paramilitary war burnt down 72 villages and towns

Sudan Witness: Fire used as weapon in military and paramilitary war burnt down 72 villages and towns

Sudan Witness, an open-source project run by the nonprofit Centre for Information Resilience, said 72 villages and settlements were either destroyed or damaged by fires last month, bringing the total number of settlements hit by fire in Sudan to 201 since the conflict began in mid-April of last year.

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