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African Governments Commit to Eradicating Poliovirus Type 2

African countries have committed to ending all forms of polio after cases of vaccine-derived polio increased last year, partly because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Africa had been declared free of the wild poliovirus, after...
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Gunman Kills 3 Police Officers, Security Guard in Dar es Salaam

A heavily armed gunman fatally shot three police officers and a security guard in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, near a French embassy building. Police later killed the man, whose target and motive were not immediately clear.A gunman nea...
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Mogadishu Suicide Bombing Kills 2, Injures 5

At least two people were killed and five wounded Thursday after a suicide bomber detonated a device inside a cafe in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.The suicide bomber targeted a tea shop near a crowded junction in northern Mo...
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Jailed Chadian President Habre Dies in Senegal

Former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who was serving a life term in Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has died, Senegalese Justice Minister Malick Sall said Tuesday. He was 79."Habre is in his Lord's hands," Sall told the televisio...
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Volunteers Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in South Africa

Despite?COVID-19 vaccine being available to all South African adults, uptake remains low with just 20% of adults having received a first dose.?The Muslim Association of South Africa is one of many groups combatting vaccine hesitancy by delivering shots...
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Six Out of 136 Abducted Islamic Students Die in North-Central Nigeria

Six of the 136 students kidnapped from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger have died of illness, the school principal told Reuters on Monday. The abductors have demanded a ransom to release the students, kidnapped in May afte...
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At 60, Peace Corps Plots Return to World After Virus Hiatus

More than a year after COVID-19 began sweeping the world, abruptly cutting short her Peace Corps stint, Cameron Beach is once again living in rural Malawi — this time on her own dime.The Peace Corps, a U.S. government program marking its 60th anniversa...
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Booster Shots in Rich Countries Threaten COVID Containment in Africa

World Health Organization officials warn that decisions by rich countries to provide COVID-19 booster shots to their vaccinated populations will set back efforts to contain the spread of this deadly disease in Africa.The United States, France, and Ger...
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COVID Has Heightened Conflict, Deepened Depression, Say Central African Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened problems of conflict, terrorism, and scarce resources in Central Africa to plunge millions of people deeper into poverty. That's according to members of the regional bloc CEMAC. CEMAC heads of state Wednesday calle...
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