Hundreds gather in Oxford to demand statue of Cecil Rhodes be taken down | AFP

Protesters gather at Oxford University to campaign for the removal of a statue of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes claimed the region of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia) on behalf of the Crown in the late 19th century. The protest comes after demonstrators pulled down a statue of a leading slave trader during an anti-racism protest in the southwest English city of Bristol on Sunday. IMAGES

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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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A meal a day: struggling to survive climate change in Zambia | AFP

Millions are facing starvation in Zambia, one of the countries hit hard by a severe drought in southern Africa, with average temperatures in the region rising twice as fast as the global mean.

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“A labour of love”: Zambia’s accidental tomato farmer | AFP

Maria Zaloumis went from being a specialised nurse in Australia to a very successful tomato farmer in her native Zambia. She now employs more than 70 people from local communities enabling them to send their kids to school.

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Football: Salah wins African Player of the Year award

Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year in Ghanaian capital Accra, the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al Khatib in 1983. Other award winners include Women’s Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria and Youth Player of the Year Patson Daka of Zambia.

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

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Liberia where we explore the practice of Female Genital Mutiliation – a practice that soon to be outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fought unsuccessfully to ban. Then we head to Zambia where maternal deaths still plague mothers when they deliver and, finally, we take a look at the legacy of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti who died 20 years ago.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Zambia president blames rivals for state of emergency

Zambian President Edgar Lungu justifies declaring a state of emergency by alleging that opposition parties were behind a string of arson attacks intended “to create terror and panic”. Lungu denied that he was establishing a dictatorship in Zambia — until recently a relatively stable country — and said his political rivals were trying to overturn last year’s election results. SOUNDBITE

VICE News Daily: Nepal Protests Turn Deadly

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Nepal’s police crack down on protesters, Zambia suffers power shortages, classes resume in rebel-held areas of Ukraine, and Boston scientists develop a method to cure deafness.

Constitutional Protests Turn Deadly
The ethnic Madhesi community is demanding protection under the new charter.

Power Shortages Threaten Economic Growth
A severe drought has reduced electrical output at the country’s dams.

Schools Reopen in Rebel-Held Donetsk
More than 80 schools have been damaged since fighting broke out.

Deaf Mice Cured With Gene Therapy
Doctors re-engineered a virus to repair the damaged TMC1 gene.

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