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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

Israel comes under mounting international pressure amid calls for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians in one day during protests along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. The United Nations has condemned the violence of Israeli security forces, South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel and anti-Israel protests have sprung up worldwide. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has defended Israel’s “restraint” after no mention of the violence was made at the embassy’s opening ceremony.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Kenya’s Dadaab refugees whose life at the camp is as precarious as ever 8 years after fleeing their native Somalia, we travel to Madagascar where mangrove trees are being decimated for their versatile wood, and we take you to South Africa where black rhinos are being transferred to Chad as part of an ambitious re-population project. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Endangered black rhinos flown from S. Africa to Chad

Six critically endangered black rhinos are flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project.

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Today in History for May 2nd

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Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany’s capital Berlin falls in World War II; Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies; Civil War Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson killed; Nelson Mandela claims victory in South Africa vote; Singer Bing Crosby born. (May 2)

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Giant Mandela blanket portrait on display in South Africa

Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets, came up with the initiative to make the largest portrait blanket of Nelson Mandela to celebrate 100 years since his birth. She called on her friends for help and developed a Facebook group called “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day”. In just days, hundreds of people from around the world had pledged to knit a blanket for Nelson Mandela Day, including inmates at Zonderwater correctional services, who did the majority of the knitting.

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Leaders arrive at SADC summit in Luanda

The presidents of Angola, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo arrive for a tripartite South Africa Development Community summit in Luanda. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on a refuge in Morocco housing child maids who have escaped exploitation and abuse by their employers, we travel to Mozambique where the government is hoping to revive the cashew industry and return it to its former global prominence, and we take you to South Africa where an unlikely pairing of ballet and rhinos is raising awareness of the plight of the endangered animal.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Queen meets with Ramaphosa, South Africa’s new president

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor. IMAGES

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Soweto pays final respects to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela

Rev. Jesse Jackson pays tribute to Winnie Mandela as hundreds of people line the streets of Soweto in South Africa to see her funeral procession.