Nurse works to combat HIV during pandemic

Throughout Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply of antiretroviral drugs. One nurse is working to make sure HIV patients still receive them. (Aug. 11)

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Africa Weekly: Africa’s one million coronavirus cases | AFP

Over one million cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Africa, with officials saying the real figures are much higher. Nevertheless, countries are continuing the slow return to normality, doing their best to resume flights and lessons for students. Elsewhere Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara and Guinean leader Alpha Conde both look set to run for third terms in October elections.

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Thousands of Africans die trying to get to Europe, says UN | AFP

In Africa Weekly: More than 70 people die each month in the trek to cross Africa and reach Europe, culminating in thousands of deaths in recent years, the UN says in a new report. Meanwhile Mali’s political crisis drags on and a Tunisian man has found an ancient secret about making purple dye.

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Cars line up outside Soweto cemetery as South Africa virus deaths rise | AFP

Aerial footage shows funerals under way at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in Soweto, as South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll continues to rise. South Africa is the worst-affected country in Africa and among the top five in the world in terms of confirmed cases, with more than 400,000 infections reported to date.

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WHO ‘very concerned’ at ‘acceleration’ of coronavirus spread in Africa | AFP

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan voices alarm at the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, warning South Africa’s surging numbers could be a “marker” for outbreaks across the continent. “I’m very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an acceleration of disease in Africa,” he tells a virtual press conference. SOUNDBITE

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Africa records more than half a million coronavirus cases | AFP

This week in Africa Weekly: More than 500,000 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed on the continent, with numbers climbing fast. Elsewhere, Ivory Coast reels following the death of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, and Madagascar’s lemurs face extinction.

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Burundi changes tune on coronavirus | AFP

This week in Africa Weekly: Burundi’s about-turn on the coronavirus, deadly protests in Ethiopia following the murder of a popular singer, and Egypt’s pyramids reopen.

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Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial kicks off in South Africa | AFP

In this edition of Africa Weekly: Researchers in South Africa start Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial in an international effort to halt the pandemic, which has officially, currently claimed 480,000 lives around the world. Meanwhile confirmed cases in Africa have reached 350,000, raising fears the continent might become the new virus epicenter. In some good news, the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an official end to an Ebola outbreak that took two years to crush.

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Saharan dust cloud looms over Mexico’s Cancun | AFP

After sweeping across the Atlantic from Africa, a massive cloud of Saharan dust greys the sky in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, sparking warnings to people with respiratory illnesses to stay home.

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Beach-goers bask in the sun on France’s Atlantic coast | AFP

As France experiences an early summer heat wave, beach-goers bask in the sun at Cap Ferret, in the Gironde region. The rise in temperature, due to a mass of hot air coming from Africa, is the first real heat peak since the arrival of coronavirus in Europe. IMAGES

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Here is the latest for Monday, June 22: White House says Trump’s comment wasn’t racist; shooting at block party leaves two dead; Museum to remove Theodore Roosevelt statue; Massive dust cloud from Africa blankets Caribbean.

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Partial solar eclipse seen from Hong Kong’s harbour | AFP

In Hong Kong, dozens of skywatchers ranging from astronomy enthusiasts with telescopes to families enjoying Father’s Day gathered at a waterfront park in east Kowloon to witness the partial solar eclipse. Observers along a narrow band from Africa to Asia can witness a dramatic “ring of fire” annular eclipse, but in Hong Kong only a partial solar eclipse – one that covered nearly nine-tenth of the sun – can be seen.

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An astronomer looks at the sun in Kenya as solar eclipse begins | AFP

As a rare annular eclipse begins to sweep from Africa to Asia, an astronomer observes the sun from his backyard in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. IMAGES

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Africa prepares for post-coronavirus world | AFP

This week in Africa: Burundi swears in a new president after the sudden death of its former leader. Meanwhile businesses, schools and even Nollywood adapt to working in a world with the coronavirus.

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Black Lives Matter echoes in Africa | AFP

Pockets of anti-racism protests in a few African countries follow sweeping demonstrations in the United States and Europe after the police killing of George Floyd. But in contrast to the thousands taking to the streets elsewhere, solidarity events in Africa have been smaller, often led by left-wing movements.

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A full ‘Strawberry Moon’ rises over the British capital | AFP

June’s full moon, also known as a “Strawberry Moon” since it occurs during strawberry season, rises over the British capital, London. It’s accompanied this year by an astronomical phenomenon known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a faint shadow on the moon. This eclipse makes the full moon look slightly darker on part of its surface, although only some portions of the world, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, can see it.

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A full ‘Strawberry Moon’ rises over the British capital | AFP

June’s full moon, also known as a “Strawberry Moon” since it occurs during strawberry season, rises over the British capital, London. It’s accompanied this year by an astronomical phenomenon known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a faint shadow on the moon. This eclipse makes the full moon look slightly darker on part of its surface, although only some portions of the world, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, can see it. The moon will appear full until early Sunday morning.

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‘Strawberry Moon’ looms large in London skyline | AFP

June’s full moon, also known as a “Strawberry Moon” since it occurs during strawberry season, rises over the British capital, London. The astrological phenomenon, known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a faint shadow on the moon. This eclipse makes the full moon look slightly darker on part of its surface, although only some portions of the world, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, can see it. The moon will appear full until early Sunday morning.

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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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Here’s the latest for Tuesday June 2nd: Violence follows protests in New York; Protests continue in cities across United States; President Trump wants stronger action against protesters; WHO says there have been 150,000 coronavirus cases in Africa.

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Mourners gather at the home of Guinean singer Mory Kante | AFP

Mourners gather at the home of Guinean singer Mory Kante who has died at the age of 70. Kante helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s and was best known for his dance song “Yeke Yeke,” which was a huge hit in Africa before becoming a No. 1 in several European countries in 1988. IMAGES

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To open economies, to vote, to feed the hungry: Africa’s coronavirus conundrums | AFP

African countries take tentative small steps to reopen as the coronavirus infection numbers approach 100,000. South Africa feeds thousands as mines grapple with restrictions. Burundi pushes ahead with general elections, downplaying the pandemic altogether.

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Worried Togo finds itself on front line of Sahel’s jihadist war | AFP

Jihadist fighters attack and kill those who pass on Togo’s northern border with Burkina Faso, where militant Islamism is spreading through Africa’s Sahel region. Just a dried-out river bed separates the two West African countries. To keep radicals out, Togo’s authorities rely on both hard military strength and the soft power of cultural leaders. N°1PS7NJN°1Q03TP

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Niger’s Giraffes Came Back From Extinction. Now They’re Poaching People’s Food

In the last three decades, 40 percent of the world’s giraffe population has died. But Niger, the third poorest country in the world, has remarkably reversed the trend — giving a second chance to Africa’s most threatened giraffe subspecies.

The West African giraffe once inhabited an area from the coast in Senegal to Lake Chad, deep in North Africa’s interior. But by 1996, drought, poaching, and habitat loss from growing human and livestock populations brought the population crashing down to near 50; the last giraffes were in southern Niger.

International NGO’s pressed Niger to save the giraffe — which adopted a conservation strategy, put in strict laws to preserve habitat, and placed big penalties for poaching. The new rules, in addition to the fact that no natural predators live near the current reserve, have helped the population grow by a factor of 12 — to more than 600 giraffes today.

But successful conservation has come with a new set of challenges.

Nearby the Kouré Giraffe Zone, local subsistence farmers are angry that giraffes are wreaking havoc on their farms. The reserve simply isn’t large enough to contain, or feed, the fast-growing population.

So ecotourism guides like Adamou Djogo, who help manage the reserve, also set up town halls for villagers once a month. He hears out their concerns, and in turn, hopes to help them understand why the giraffes are important for Niger’s development in the long run.

“People will are quick to say, the giraffes are doing this or that. Right away they think about the problems, but they don’t think about the advantages.” Djogo told VICE News. “We know that the giraffe is our national heritage — and even a global one.”

Last December, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, along with Niger’s government — relocated eight giraffes to the larger Gadabedji reserve. They hope to establish a new population so that these giraffes can find a new home to thrive.

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