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Explained: Why three baby chimpanzees were kidnapped from a Congo sanctuary
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Explained: Why three baby chimpanzees were kidnapped from a Congo sanctuary

This is the ‘first incident in the world’ where baby apes have been kidnapped for ransom. The abductors have demanded a six-figure sum and threatened to harm the chimpanzees if their demands are not met

With over 22 per cent forest cover Africa eyes to grow its carbon market
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With over 22 per cent forest cover Africa eyes to grow its carbon market

The Cuvette-Centrale Peatlands in Congo Basin alone can suck 30 billion tons of carbon or the world’s three years of emissions, which is just a part of 674 million hectares of land under forest cover, over 22 per cent of the continent

S Jaishankar condoles killing of two Indian peacekeepers in Congo, calls for justice over 'outrageous' attack
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S Jaishankar condoles killing of two Indian peacekeepers in Congo, calls for justice over 'outrageous' attack

Two Border Security Force personnel, who were part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, were killed on Tuesday during violent protests

Indian Army troops, other soldiers under UN Mission repulse militant attack in Congo
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Indian Army troops, other soldiers under UN Mission repulse militant attack in Congo

The Indian Army troops are deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the MONUSCO (United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo)

Continent of coups: How Africa faces the pandemic of military takeovers amid COVID-19
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Continent of coups: How Africa faces the pandemic of military takeovers amid COVID-19

As the African Union turns 20, it has its task cut out to handle the economy, food crisis, climate change and, of course, coups. Since 2019, at least 12 coups have taken place in Africa, half of them successful

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

As China’s Belt and Road Initiative steams ahead in Africa, West plays catch up
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As China’s Belt and Road Initiative steams ahead in Africa, West plays catch up

There is not much detail on the Build Back Better World initiative as it applies to Africa, but there certainly is a newfound Western interest in the continent because of heightened Chinese activities in the region

'Crime'demic in Congo: How WHO workers unleashed a sex for service norm during Ebola mission
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'Crime'demic in Congo: How WHO workers unleashed a sex for service norm during Ebola mission

An inquiry commission found that women had been promised jobs in exchange for relationships or had been sexually exploited in order to keep jobs

At least 15 dead, 5,000 flee Congo’s Goma as Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupts
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At least 15 dead, 5,000 flee Congo’s Goma as Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupts

Residents said there was little warning before the sky turned a fiery red, after which torrents of lava poured into villages and destroyed over 500 homes

Global internal displacement touches record high at 55 mn in 2020; Cyclone Amphan led to huge evacuations in India, says report
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Global internal displacement touches record high at 55 mn in 2020; Cyclone Amphan led to huge evacuations in India, says report

The study claimed that 48 million people have fled conflict and violence, and 7 million disasters, but given the incomplete data the latter is likely to be a significant underestimate

Ebola survivor infected years ago may have started new outbreak in Guinea, claim researchers
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Ebola survivor infected years ago may have started new outbreak in Guinea, claim researchers

The survivor harboured the virus for at least five years and then transmitted it via semen to a sex partner, researchers reported in articles published in Science and Stat. Until now, the longest the ebola virus had been known to persist in a survivor was 500 days

Ebola outbreak: Guinea to begin vaccination drive after storm-delayed plane arrives
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Ebola outbreak: Guinea to begin vaccination drive after storm-delayed plane arrives

Authorities said some of the doses would head straight to Nzerekore, the capital of Guinea's southeastern forest region where five people have recently died of Ebola.

Another Ebola outbreak looms in Congo after a woman dies due to the virus
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Another Ebola outbreak looms in Congo after a woman dies due to the virus

While the source of contamination is still unknown, the woman who died was the wife of an Ebola survivor, according to the government.

Six months after first Ebola case recorded, outbreak in Congo comes to an end
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Six months after first Ebola case recorded, outbreak in Congo comes to an end

The WHO along with its partners have treated and vaccinated more than 40,000 people at high risk, across dense rainforests and crowded urban areas.

In France, trial over 'theft' of colonial art raises question on restitution of items plundered by former empire
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In France, trial over 'theft' of colonial art raises question on restitution of items plundered by former empire

Congolese artist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and four others are under trial for attempting to steal a 19th-century African funeral pole from a museum, a charge they have denied saying that they were simply trying to draw attention to the artwork's origin

WHO declares the end of the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in Congo
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WHO declares the end of the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in Congo

An 11th Ebola outbreak has been declared on 1 June 2020 as new cases are already cropping up in the northwestern city of Mbandaka.

Mumbai's language professionals teach English to refugees in faraway Cyprus, who struggle with rules, talking to locals
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Mumbai's language professionals teach English to refugees in faraway Cyprus, who struggle with rules, talking to locals

Most of the students attending these English lessons, which are conducted four days a week, have lived in Cyprus only for a couple of months. Many don't have their own support systems and have had to pay fines, because they cannot comprehend the government's rules and instructions, delivered in Greek and English

26 dead after plane crashes into homes in Congo's Goma; UN mission sends rescue team, fire engines
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26 dead after plane crashes into homes in Congo's Goma; UN mission sends rescue team, fire engines

The Dornier 228-200 was owned by private carrier Busy Bee and was headed to Beni, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Goma in the same province of Congo

NASA calls Africa fire continent, is home to 70 percent of all the world's fires
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NASA calls Africa fire continent, is home to 70 percent of all the world's fires

There are around 6,000 fires in Angola, more than 3,000 in Congo and just over 2,000 fires in Brazil.

Amazon fires: Solutions lie beyond nationalist politics, a new green vision must be global in scope
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Amazon fires: Solutions lie beyond nationalist politics, a new green vision must be global in scope

The world’s greatest forest is on fire. The Amazon rainforest is burning away at record rates, in thousands of forest fires spread over an area bigger than India.