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More than 215 confirmed monekypox cases worldwide, says EU's disease agency; know symptoms here
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More than 215 confirmed monekypox cases worldwide, says EU's disease agency; know symptoms here

The European Union's disease agency said most of the monkeypox cases were detected in young men, self-identifying as men who have sex with men

US confirms its first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts man
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US confirms its first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts man

The Massachusetts resident had travelled to Canada at the end of April to meet friends and returned in early May. He is currently in hospital, but in a good condition, officials said

Russian footholds in Middle East, Africa raise threat to NATO
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Russian footholds in Middle East, Africa raise threat to NATO

Experts view Vladimir Putin's expansionist goals in the Middle East and Africa as a potential long-term threat, not a present danger to Europe or the NATO alliance

Nigeria's looted treasures return to traditional palace after over 100 years
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Nigeria's looted treasures return to traditional palace after over 100 years

The return of the two artefacts comes as calls grow in Africa for Western countries to return colonial spoils from their museums and private collections

Congo: At least five dead, several hurt in deadly suicide bomb attack at bar in Beni
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Congo: At least five dead, several hurt in deadly suicide bomb attack at bar in Beni

Officials have blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia, one of the deadliest armed groups in the region and claimed by the Islamic State group as its central Africa arm

FOCAC21: How China is reorienting its Africa policy, shifting focus from infrastructure to digital economy
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FOCAC21: How China is reorienting its Africa policy, shifting focus from infrastructure to digital economy

The Chinese focus has shifted from mere infrastructure to the digital economy, expansion of trade and investment, green economy and the like

Libyan court reinstates Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif as presidential candidate
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Libyan court reinstates Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif as presidential candidate

Seif al-Islam, once the heir-apparent to his father, appealed the decision last week by Libya's High National Elections Committee that barred him because of past convictions against him for using violence against protesters.

Somalia: At least five dead, several hurt in explosion outside Mogadishu school; Al Shabab claims responsibility
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Somalia: At least five dead, several hurt in explosion outside Mogadishu school; Al Shabab claims responsibility

The Al Qaeda-linked group in a statement said it targeted Western officials being escorted by the African Union peacekeeping convoy

Why Africa, which has less than 6% of people vaccinated, is 'least affected' by COVID-19
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Why Africa, which has less than 6% of people vaccinated, is 'least affected' by COVID-19

Some researchers say lower rates of urbanisation, genetic reasons or exposure to other diseases may have spared the continent the more lethal effects of the virus so far

Wilbur Smith, renowned novelist of adventure fictions, dies aged 88
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Wilbur Smith, renowned novelist of adventure fictions, dies aged 88

Smith became a household name with his 49 swashbuckling adventure stories, which took readers from tropical islands to the jungles of Africa and even Ancient Egypt and World War II

Inside Sridhar Poddar's Evoke of London — a homage to modern Indian, African handicrafts
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Inside Sridhar Poddar's Evoke of London — a homage to modern Indian, African handicrafts

Evoke opened in London's swishy Marylebone area just six months ago. And it already has actress Sonam Kapoor flaunting their charpoys in her Notting Hill home.

Africa trying to replicate Moderna's COVID vaccine in an attempt to lessen the gap of vaccine inequity
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Africa trying to replicate Moderna's COVID vaccine in an attempt to lessen the gap of vaccine inequity

Some experts see reverse engineering — recreating vaccines from fragments of publicly available information — as one of the few remaining ways to redress the power imbalances of the pandemic.

Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus
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Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus

Enjei Grace and fellow Cameroonian Daniel Ejube have been stuck for nearly five months in limbo, in the United Nations-patrolled buffer zone separating Cyprus' breakaway north from the internationally recognised south

Elephants in Mozambique may never develop tusks due to civil war, constant poaching finds study
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Elephants in Mozambique may never develop tusks due to civil war, constant poaching finds study

Genes are responsible for whether elephants inherit tusks from their parents, once rare occurance, it has become more common — like a rare eye colour becoming widespread.

Vaccines and medicines have brought Ebola is under control, says scientist who discovered the virus
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Vaccines and medicines have brought Ebola is under control, says scientist who discovered the virus

Jean-Jacques Muyembe first came across the virus in 1976 as a field epidemiologist when he was called to the village of Yambuku in northern DRC for a mysterious illness that had just appeared.

COVID, climate crisis, Afghanistan's future to dominate talks at UNGA this week
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COVID, climate crisis, Afghanistan's future to dominate talks at UNGA this week

The General Assembly’s first in-person meeting since the pandemic began shows that international cooperation matters, says Richard Gowan, UN director of the International Crisis Group

Ebola can spread via fruit bats or from human to human contact: Everything you need to know about the virus
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Ebola can spread via fruit bats or from human to human contact: Everything you need to know about the virus

A vaccine developed by the US group Merck Sharp and Dohme was found to be very effective in a major study carried out in Guinea in 2015.

Ebola virus can lie dormant in survivors and trigger outbreaks even five years after infections: Study
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Ebola virus can lie dormant in survivors and trigger outbreaks even five years after infections: Study

Ebola outbreaks are usually thought to result from the virus "spilling" from an animal host to a human. But the analysis showed the Guinea strain was virtually identical to that from a 2013-16 wave.

Moroccan parliamentary elections: Long-ruling Islamists suffer crushing defeat to liberal parties
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Moroccan parliamentary elections: Long-ruling Islamists suffer crushing defeat to liberal parties

The Justice and Development Party (PJD), which headed the ruling coalition for a decade, saw its support collapse from 125 seats in the outgoing assembly to just 12.

Military coup in Guinea: Removal of president reverses African nation’s slow crawl towards democracy
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Military coup in Guinea: Removal of president reverses African nation’s slow crawl towards democracy

This is a dramatic setback for Guinea, where many had hoped the country had turned the page on military power grabs.