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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.

Heavy gunfire in Guinea capital Conakry; troops on streets, say witnesses
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Heavy gunfire in Guinea capital Conakry; troops on streets, say witnesses

Authorities in the West African nation did not comment on the situation. Residents reported seeing a number of soldiers on the streets who asked them to return to their homes for safety

China eyes BRI extension to Afghanistan as it awaits Taliban government formation
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China eyes BRI extension to Afghanistan as it awaits Taliban government formation

India has been severely critical of the BRI as the CPEC, which is a part of it, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. China has its eyes on the lucrative rare-earth metals and rich minerals found in Afghanistan

Lions and cheetahs closer to extinction than IUCN Red List suggests
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Lions and cheetahs closer to extinction than IUCN Red List suggests

The ratio of people to cheetahs on Earth is roughly a million-to-one

Explained: What is the controversy behind Ethiopia's mega-dam on river Nile?
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Explained: What is the controversy behind Ethiopia's mega-dam on river Nile?

Ethiopia in 2011 launched construction of the GERD on the Blue Nile, roughly 30 km from the border with Sudan.

At an old people's home in Cameroon's economic capital, hope and comfort for the elderly
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At an old people's home in Cameroon's economic capital, hope and comfort for the elderly

To have children, to be old and alone, is a rare but often crushing status in Cameroon.

From Arctic to Antarctica: Read interesting facts about all the seven continents here
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From Arctic to Antarctica: Read interesting facts about all the seven continents here

The Earth initially had only one large landmass called Pangaea. Over millions of years, the mass separated to form the seven continents we know today

Guinea's latest Ebola outbreak that killed 12 people has ended, says WHO
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Guinea's latest Ebola outbreak that killed 12 people has ended, says WHO

WHO Regional Director for Africa said “We are getting faster, better and smarter...we must stay alert for a possible resurgence."

COVID-19 vaccines were developed in under a year, HIV still awaits a vaccine four decades later
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COVID-19 vaccines were developed in under a year, HIV still awaits a vaccine four decades later

Last year, a study in South Africa involved the only vaccine candidate that showed protection, was ultimately not effective enough.

Miss South Africa to allow trans women to participate for first time; contestants expected to have 'amended sex' ID proof
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Miss South Africa to allow trans women to participate for first time; contestants expected to have 'amended sex' ID proof

The competition itself was previously hailed for breaking beauty stereotypes by crowning Zozibini Tunzi — a short-haired woman with a darker complexion — as the 2019 winner.

Poor nutrition changes the way body fights an infection, might protect people against severe COVID-19
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Poor nutrition changes the way body fights an infection, might protect people against severe COVID-19

However, this doesn't mean we ignore the fact that malnutrition is killing millions and not work towards curbing food insecurity globally.

India is home to 13 of 20 cities most vulnerable to environmental hazards worldwide: Report
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India is home to 13 of 20 cities most vulnerable to environmental hazards worldwide: Report

More than 400 large cities are at "high" or "extreme" risk due to a mix of pollution, dwindling water supplies, heat waves, natural disasters and climate change.

Using fire, early humans permanently changed Stone Age Africa's landscape tens of thousands of years ago
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Using fire, early humans permanently changed Stone Age Africa's landscape tens of thousands of years ago

Within the last few thousand years, farmers brought about more land transformations, but the legacy of human impacts was in place a long time ago.

Why eating insects is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable way of consuming proteins, micronutrients
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Why eating insects is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable way of consuming proteins, micronutrients

In many countries, there is now a growing appreciation of insects as food and feed. In India too, efforts are being made to create awareness and popularise entomophagy.

Benin Bronzes: Germany to return hundreds of artefacts looted during colonial era
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Benin Bronzes: Germany to return hundreds of artefacts looted during colonial era

Germany’s minister for culture, Monika Gruetters, said the Benin Bronzes were a key test for the way the country deals with its colonial past.