Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal past | AFP

As Western cities see statues of slaveholders and colonialists toppled, Benin’s coastal town of Ouidah is going the other way, by restoring monuments from the slave trade era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, European slavers held more than one million African men, women and children in Ouidah’s Portuguese Fort before shipping them across the Atlantic in abominable conditions.

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Endangered species | AFP Animé

Videographic on endangered species. Singapore began destroying nine tonnes of seized ivory Tuesday, the largest such action globally in recent years, including contraband tusks that came from more than 300 African elephants.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Four cheetah cubs make their debut at Vienna zoo | AFP

Images of four young cheetahs (gender unknown), born on 22 June at the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. The cheetah is considered a vulnerable species on the Red List, as it struggles against a loss of habitat in the African savannah. Zoos are breeding cheetahs as part of a European conservation breeding programme.

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Dozens of Cameroonians demonstrate outside EU summit | AFP

Nearly a hundred people gather in front of the security cordon of the European summit to protest against France’s actions in Cameroon, its former African colony. Belgian police used pepper spray just a stone’s throw from the European Council to disperse demonstrators as EU leaders met inside.

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Providence mayor launches reparations process

Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Jorge Elorza is looking at providing reparations to residents of African and Native American heritage. On Wednesday he signed an executive order that would examine the feasibility of providing such reparations. (July 16)

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‘Decolonised’ library showcases Black and African literature in Ghana | AFP

Sylvia Arthur, a Ghanaian of British origin, gives a tour of her “decolonised library” that she founded in Accra to honour African and Black literature. With this initiative, she hopes that Ghanaians and Africans will find pride in their literary heritage.

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UN’s top human rights body adopts resolution condemning structural racism and police brutality | AFP

The UN’s top human rights body adopts a resolution condemning structural racism and police brutality, after the text was revised to remove specific mention of the United States. The UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members approved by consensus the revised version of the resolution, which was initially presented by African countries for an urgent council debate, called following the death of George Floyd in US police custody. IMAGES

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‘Gratuitous brutality’ of Floyd’s death shows ‘systemic racism’: UN | AFP

Addressing an urgent debate on racism and police brutality called at the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet criticises the “gratuitous brutality” on display in the killing of George Floyd in the United States, warning that it has “come to symbolise the systemic racism that harms millions of people of African descent”. IMAGES

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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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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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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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Burundi elections: Bujumbura polling stations open | AFP

A polling station opens in Bujumbura as Burundians begin voting in a tense election to replace long-ruling President Pierre Nkurunziza. The election is proceeding despite an outbreak of coronavirus which has been largely ignored in the east African nation. IMAGES

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Burundians vote despite virus outbreak | AFP

Queues form outside polling stations in Gitega and Ngozi as Burundians begin voting in a tense election to replace long-ruling President Pierre Nkurunziza. The election is proceeding despite an outbreak of coronavirus which has been largely ignored in the east African nation +COMPLETES V000_1RW8EP WITH ADDITIONAL IMAGES AND SHOTS WITH LONGER DURATION+ IMAGES

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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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ONLY ON AP Virus crisis hits Italy’s migrants hard

They are known as “the invisibles,” Italy’s undocumented African migrants who, even before the coronavirus outbreak plunged Italy into crisis, barely scraped by as day laborers, prostitutes, free-lance hairdressers and seasonal farm hands. (May 1)

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Flippin’ fun: Penguins in Singapore zoo waddle around | AFP

Penguins in Singapore zoo are regularly being taken out for walks around the deserted zoo during the city-state’s partial coronavirus lockdown, with the creatures checking out the area around their exhibit and exploring the children’s playground. They are also tackling an obstacle course in their enclosure which has been specially designed to keep them entertained. With the zoo closed to the public as the country battles a worsening virus outbreak, the African penguins had precious little to stimulate them without passers-by stopping to admire them.

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‘Starve or get sick’: Africa’s lockdown dilemma | AFP

As African countries grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, observers warn that the traumatic scenes which played out in Kibera on April 10 will not be the last if governments fail to help millions of urban poor who live hand-to-mouth. The warning comes as residents in Cape Town’s low-income township of Mitchells Plain clash with police during a protest demanding state food parcels.

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Coronavirus cases on the rise throughout Africa | AFP

Africa races to contain the growing number of Covid-19 cases sweeping the continent and tighter measures are being enforced as the virus spreads beyond capital cities. The World Health Organization says the total number of beds in intensive care units available in 43 African countries is the equivalent of about about 5 beds per one million people in reported countries, with compared to 4000 beds per one million people in Europe. N°1QI6WCN°1QI9ZX

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Coronavirus cases on the rise throughout Africa | AFP

Africa races to contain the growing number of Covid-19 cases sweeping the continent and tighter measures are being enforced as the virus spreads beyond capital cities. The World Health Organization says the total number of beds in intensive care units available in 43 African countries is the equivalent of about about 5 beds per one million people in reported countries, with compared to 4000 beds per one million people in Europe.

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Coronavirus: Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown, measures tighten in Europe — 8th April | AFP

After 76 days of lockdown people are finally leaving Wuhan. In the city where the coronavirus first emerged, thousands flocked to train stations, as a strict travel ban was lifted. But elsewhere, rules are tightening as Europe’s death toll continues to soar. Meanwhile, African countries are preparing for the weeks ahead, Donald Trump accuses the World Health Organisation of a bias towards China and around the world zoos struggle for survival under lockdown.

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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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African countries in lockdown to escape coronavirus | AFP

The military in the streets, road blocks, teargas to clear markets: countries across Africa shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the global death toll from pandemic approaches 25,000.

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