Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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Kenya blocks entry as virus cases mount in East Africa | AFP

Kenya unveils a series of strict measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, blocking entry to the country to all except citizens and other residents and shutting schools as the number of confirmed cases rises to three. As cases also mounted in Ethiopia and the Seychelles, countries across the region are taking action, blocking flights and banning mass gatherings. SOUNDBITE

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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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Addicts in paradise: Seychelles battles heroin crisis | AFP

The Seychelles, a tropical eden in the Indian Ocean with idyllic beaches and luxury hotels, is not pure paradise. The country is fighting a major scourge: heroin, to which about 5% of the population is addicted.

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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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In Seychelles, a tiny island coaxes bird back from brink | AFP

Giant tortoises amble across Cousin Island as rare birds flit above. The scene attests to a stunning success for BirdLife International, a conservation group that bought the tiny Seychelles isle back in 1968 to save a songbird from extinction.

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Seychelles islands witness tussle between protection of tourism and tortoises | AFP

The Seychelles, a chain of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is a byword for luxury holidays, Instagram-perfect beaches and has gained a reputation as a honeymoon idyll. But it is confronting a tug-of-war over how to keep the economy growing, while protecting its fragile ecosystem. N°1NQ2A3N°1NQ59D

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Seychelles leader on climate: no time for blame

The Seychelles president is warning there’s no time for a “blame game” in the fight against climate change and he urges major nations to do more. (Oct. 29)

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Seychelles President to support deep-sea mission

Seychelles President Danny Faure traveled to Desroches Island to observe first hand efforts to document changes to the ocean and pledged support to the research scientists working on the mission. (April 15)

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AP surveys the ecosystem in Seychelles expedition

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Seychelles president calls for ocean protection… from the depth of 124 meters

You might think that’s Atlantis residents finally contacted the humanity but in fact that’s the president of the Seychelles calling for stronger protection of oceans. He decided to go 124 meters below the ocean surface to make people hear him – do you think it works?

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, April 12th: A top House Dem says Congress has a right to Trump tax returns; Kim Jong Un is open to a third summit; Pompeo called Venezuelan’s president Maduro a tyrant; President of Seychelles visits science expedition.

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Seychelles president visits UK science mission

The President of the Seychelles has visited researchers from a British-led science expedition currently exploring the waters of the vast island nation. (April 13)

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AP surveys the ecosystem in Seychelles expedition

For over a month, the Associated Press has been covering an ambitious science expedition in the Indian Ocean. (April 12)

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AP surveys the ecosystem in Seychelles expedition

For over a month, the Associated Press has been covering an ambitious science expedition in the Indian Ocean. (April 12)

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Seychelles mission recovers underwater drone

A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles has succeeded in retrieving a key underwater drone from the sea bed. (March 14)

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AP Exclusive: Dive mission begins in Indian Ocean

Lucy Woodall, Nekton Mission principle scientist, left, alongside pilot Randy Holt inside a submersible 60 meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean during a descent off Alphonse Atoll near the Seychelles.

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Scientists begin mission exploring Indian Ocean

An unprecedented mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves began its research late this week in Seychelles waters. The British-led Nekton Mission arrived off the tiny atoll of Alphonse. (March 8)

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Associated Press joins mission to explore depths of Indian Ocean

Working with top international scientists from the UK-led Nekton Mission team, AP will explore depths of up to 300 meters (1,000 feet) off the coast of the Seychelles in two-person submarines. Their goal is to map a vast stretch of sea down to depths of 3,000 meters to discover what impact rising water temperatures are having on marine life and to generate critical data to support the Seychelles’ commitment to protect 30 percent of their national waters.

Scientists ready to explore depths of Indian Ocean

The science vessel of British-based Nekton Mission arrived in the Seychelles, where it will begin the first stage of a years-long mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean and document the effects of global warming. (March 5)

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