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COVID Pandemic Exposes Somalia’s Weak Health Care System

Rights group Amnesty International says Somalia’s struggling health care system has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The group released a report Wednesday titled ‘We Just Watched COVID-19 Patients Die.’ It calls for urgent investment in Som...
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Efforts Underway to Contain Marburg Disease in Guinea

GENEVA - Concerted efforts are underway by local health authorities and World Health Organization experts to prevent the spread of the deadly Marburg disease within Guinea and across borders. Health workers are in a good position to contain Marburg dis...
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More Than 50 Dead in Attacks on Mali Villages

Militants in Mali have massacred more than 50 villagers near the borders with Burkina Faso and Niger. The area has seen increasing violence from armed Islamists, and activists are calling on authorities to act. Militants attacked three villages in n...
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‘Lucifer’ Heat Wave Scorches Mediterranean; Dozens Die in Wildfires

The extreme heat in the Mediterranean region continued to trigger wildfires, with dozens of people killed in Algeria, Greece, Italy and Turkey in recent days. The weather system, nicknamed "Lucifer," has unleashed record temperatures, and on Thursday i...
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COVID Restrictions Hampered Kenya’s Olympic Performance, Team Officials Say

Kenya’s Olympic team won 10 medals at the Tokyo Games, the most of any African nation. However, Kenyan officials say the medal count could have been even higher if not for the training restrictions brought on by COVID-19. As in past years, Kenya domi...
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Dozens Die as Fires Rage Across Algeria

Algerian officials are blaming arsonists for setting many of the fires raging in a mountainous region east of the capital Algiers and in more than a dozen other provinces. Algerian state TV says that 65 people have been killed so far.Fires raged Tuesda...
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More Ugandans Turn Up for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Uganda has resumed mass vaccinations against COVID-19 after running out of doses in June. But even with less vaccine hesitancy, essential workers say the rate of vaccination is too slow.Two health workers share a table facing a long line of Ugandans wa...
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Food Aid Only Reaching Half of Tigrayans in Need

Food aid from the United Nations only reached half of its intended recipients in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the World Food Program (WFP) said Monday.WFP said it delivered food to a million people in war-torn Tigray in June and July, but that shorta...
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Guinea Reports West Africa’s First Known Marburg Virus Death

Authorities in West Africa have confirmed the region's first known case of Marburg virus after at least one person in Guinea died of the hemorrhagic fever disease, the World Health Organization said Monday.Health officials said they were trying to trac...
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