Protests flare in Africa as coronavirus lockdown patience wears thin | AFP

Demonstrators took to the street in several African countries this week, as residents grow angry over continued lockdown measures. Elsewhere on the continent schools began to reopen but in South Africa’s Cape Town, some people were calling for them to remain closed. The continent now has over 170,000 reported cases. Here is AFP’s latest edition of Africa Weekly.

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200 million Africans at risk of coronavirus infection, new study finds | AFP

Almost a quarter of a billion Africans could become infected with COVID-19, according to a new modelling study by the World Health Organization (WHO). There are concerns over the readiness of healthcare systems on the continent to handle mass infections. In the midst of the pandemic, Burundi has expelled the top WHO officials in the country, apparently for what it sees as meddling. The news made world headlines, as Burundi prepares to vote for a new president and parliament on May 20. This and other news in Africa Weekly.

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Africa’s frontline workers battle on as lockdown eases elsewhere | AFP

The number of coronavirus infections climbs steadily across the African continent, with over 52,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,000 deaths, according to the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. As countries scale up their preparations for a possible later peak, health workers are at their stations – at great personal risk. Even so, some countries have eased movement restrictions, gently restarting their battered economies. These issues, and more, in Africa Weekly.

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Hunger versus infection: Africa navigates the coronavirus | AFP

The coronavirus may have arrived late in Africa, but it is slowly taking hold with over 15,000 cases and 800 deaths across the continent. For the most vulnerable, it’s a choice between food or risking infection, be it in South Africa’s townships during a harsh lockdown or Kenya’s slums where they brave infection to earn a living. Here’s this week’s edition of Africa Weekly.

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Coronavirus: Is chloroquine Africa’s wonder drug? | AFP

A humble anti-malarial pill may be the answer to COVID-19. Despite caution over its effectiveness African countries hope it will stem the disease’s spread. Health systems are unprepared to handle the pandemic, with too few ventilators to treat patients if it spreads in the continent’s densely populated poorer areas. Football boss Pape Diouf becomes Senegal’s first virus fatality. These and other stories in this edition of Africa Weekly.

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The coronavirus across Africa: continent prepares for a long battle | AFP

A high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso was the first person to die from the coronavirus in Sub-Saharan Africa. Major travel restrictions and school closures are just a few of the changes being felt on the ground as the continent grapples with the effects of COVID-19. This week in Africa Weekly.

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A round up of news and features – web | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we make a splash in South Africa where surfers are increasingly opting for wooden boards over the more common polyurethane foam option, for a smoother, more environmentally-friendly ride. Then we head to the Seychelles, commonly known as a tropical eden with idyllic beaches but where around five percent of the population are addicted to heroin.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in northwestern Nigeria, where gold mining continues despite an attempted ban by the government, risk of lead poisoning and the constant threat of armed groups. Then we head to South Africa’s Kalahari region where extreme drought is driving down tourism and forcing employers to cut jobs.

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Africa Weekly 14/02/2020 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we go to Zamfara in northwestern Nigeria, where local citizens in defence militias have reached a peace deal to end decades of conflict. Then, we head to Ethiopia, where the government’s efforts are failing to create jobs and prop up the manufacturing sector. We also take a look at the headlines from around the continent this week.

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Africa Weekly 7/2/2020: political turmoil in Malawi and Seychelles’ tourism problem | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to the perilous border zone between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, where the French army is fighting alongside the G5 Sahel forces in an attempt to eliminate the threat posed by jihadists. From there, we take a contrasting look at the beaches of the Seychelles islands, a byword for luxury holidays. But there’s trouble in paradise, as the ever increasing tourist numbers start to pose a threat to the islands’ fragile ecosystem. We also take a look at the main headlines from across the continent this week.

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Africa Weekly 31/1/20 – cannabis production in Senegal and measures against Coronavirus | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we track down a hamlet deep in a Senegalese mangrove swamp where farmers have only one viable crop – cannabis. Here, farmers fly under the radar as they evade the West African country’s crackdown on the drug. Then we head to one of the Republic of Congo’s main ports, where a fall in oil prices since 2014 has caused a crisis for local businesses. And we also take a look at the headlines from around the continent this week.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Mali where railway employees are working to preserve Bamako’s now defunct colonial era station which serviced the country for almost one hundred years. Then we head to Uganda where a beauty pageant is being used to restore confidence in people who have been diagnosed with HIV .

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Africa Weekly 17/1/2020 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Kenya, one of the world’s leading producers of black tea. But this prized export is not fetching the prices it once did, forcing suppliers to innovate with new products and strategies. And then we head to Senegal, where a forest of the country’s iconic baobab trees is being put at risk by limestone quarrying, as the country forges ahead with the President’s ’emerging Senegal’ plan. We also take a look at the stories from the continent that made the headlines this week.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Niger, where climate change is wreaking havoc for the nomadic Fulani Wodabé herders and their access to water.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, an South African NGO is using geolocalising technology to navigate the waterways of a floating slum in Lagos,creating a map they hope will improve the lives of those living here. Then we head to northern Mali, where French forces are working to neutralise the threat of IEDs: improvised explosive devices.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet a team of British engineers and mechanics who have spent 6 weeks working in South Africa’s Kalahari desert with the aim of constructing a car capable of taking on the land speed record, currently set at 1,223.657 kilometres per hour.Then we head to Gambia, where three years after being ousted from power, the country’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh is still revered by a part of the population and supporters of his APRC party still live in hope of his return.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to to Guinea, where for the past two months, opposition supporters have been protesting a new draft of the constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to remain in power for a third term. Then we head to Somalia where the African Union Mission is due to withdraw in 2021, but many are worried that local forces will not be ready to take on this role in time for the withdrawal deadline.

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A roundup of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Madagascar where anger is building over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Then we go to Nigeria where the UN has announced an epidemic of substance abusers, who have very little – if any – access to treatment.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Burkina Faso in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso; once a magnet for tourists it’s now largely overlooked by Western travellers because of recurrent jihadist attacks. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where after three years in the making, the country’s National Museum has opened its doors in the capital of Kinshasa.

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Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poachers and Somalia’s floating restaurants: Africa Weekly 22/11/19 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Zimbabwe, where a unique all-female anti-poaching unit is revolutionising the way the world looks at conservation. And then we head to Somali capital Mogadishu, where innovative restaurant owners are attempting to breathe life into the war-torn country and bolster its small but growing tourism sector. And we bring you all the stories that made the headlines this week.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Lesotho where a plan to make it legal to grow medical marijuana has pushed out small scale farmers and led to drug smuggling. Then we move to Nigeria, where more than 14,000 young Nigerians who went looking for a better life abroad have been repatriated since 2017 and have struggled to reintegrate upon their return.

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Africa Weekly – a roundup of news and features from Africa | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Kenya where volunteer medics in sea-faring mobile clinics provide basic health services to underserved populations. And we travel to Lagos where a new chess club is giving hope to young people living in the city’s slums.

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Africa Weekly: Nobel Prize for Abiy Ahmed and electricity in Madagascar | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, pride in Ethiopia, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. We take a look at his first year and a half in office. We also head to Madagascar, where access to electricity is increasingly proving a luxury for the few who can afford it.

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Africa Weekly: Khat addiction in Ethiopia and Madagascar’s new churches | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Ethiopia where a detox centre has been set up to help addicts of khat – a plant whose leaves give users a stimulating effect when chewed. Then we visit Madagascar, where an increasing number of people are flocking to evangelical churches, much to the concern of Catholic leaders.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Nigeria, where 100 elephants living in the Omo Forest are under threat from deforestation. Then we head to Nairobi’s National museum where the bone structure of a previously unknown prehistoric carnivore has been rediscovered in the bowels of the museum – a long-forgotten discovery in this treasure trove of a museum.

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