Africa

A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated

A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated

A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated “This is the revenge of the viruses,” said Dr. Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “I’ve made their lives difficult. Now they’re trying to get me.” Dr. Piot, 71 years old, is a legend in …

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Burundi’s Ruling Party Candidate Wins Presidency

Burundi’s Ruling Party Candidate Wins Presidency

Burundi’s Ruling Party Candidate Wins Presidency Burundi’s Ruling Party Candidate Wins Presidency NAIROBI — Burundi’s ruling party candidate, a retired general, has won the presidential election, the country’s electoral commission said on Monday amid accusations of vote-rigging by the leading opposition challenger. The commission said Evariste Ndayishimiye had won 69 percent of votes cast and the opposition candidate, Agathon Rwasa, …

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Mory Kante, Million-Selling African Singer and Bandleader, Dies at 70

Mory Kante, Million-Selling African Singer and Bandleader, Dies at 70

Mory Kante, Million-Selling African Singer and Bandleader, Dies at 70 Mory Kante, Million-Selling African Singer and Bandleader, Dies at 70 Mory Kante, a Guinean singer, kora player and bandleader who built a worldwide audience for music rooted in West Africa, died on Friday in Conakry, Guinea. He was 70. Mr. Kante’s manager, Juan Yriat, said he died in his sleep …

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A Ramadan Like No Other for an East Africa Correspondent

A Ramadan Like No Other for an East Africa Correspondent

A Ramadan Like No Other for an East Africa Correspondent A Ramadan Like No Other for an East Africa Correspondent The call to prayer rang on a recent afternoon from Jamia Mosque, a landmark in downtown Nairobi with green and silver domes and multiple minarets. There should be worshipers converging there during this sacred month of Ramadan, but the mosque’s …

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The ‘Cradle Catholic’ Promoting Family Planning in Ghana

The ‘Cradle Catholic’ Promoting Family Planning in Ghana

The ‘Cradle Catholic’ Promoting Family Planning in Ghana The ‘Cradle Catholic’ Promoting Family Planning in Ghana ACCRA, Ghana — On the last Sunday before Lent, Dr. Leticia Adelaide Appiah was up early and the first to be ready for Mass in her home, a government bungalow in the affluent Cantonments neighborhood of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Christ the King …

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Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor

Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor

Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor Humans are not the only animals that get drunk. Birds that gorge on fermented berries and sap are known to fall out of trees and crash into windows. Elk that overdo it with rotting apples get stuck in trees. Moose wasted on overripe crab apples get tangled in …

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Burundi Turns Out to Replace President of 15 Years, Pandemic or No

Burundi Turns Out to Replace President of 15 Years, Pandemic or No

Burundi Turns Out to Replace President of 15 Years, Pandemic or No Burundi Turns Out to Replace President of 15 Years, Pandemic or No NAIROBI, Kenya — The election campaign to replace Burundi’s long-reigning president has been marked by arrests and alleged killings of political opponents, and by rallies held in jam-packed stadiums as leaders downplayed the threat posed by …

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Libyan Forces Aligned With Tripoli Government Take Key Base From Rivals

Libyan Forces Aligned With Tripoli Government Take Key Base From Rivals

Libyan Forces Aligned With Tripoli Government Take Key Base From Rivals Libyan Forces Aligned With Tripoli Government Take Key Base From Rivals CAIRO — Forces allied with Libya’s United Nations-supported government said Monday that they had wrested control of a key military base on the outskirts of Tripoli, the country’s capital, from their rivals, an array of eastern-based militias that …

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Thomas Thabane, Lesotho Prime Minister, Resigns Amid Murder Accusations

Thomas Thabane, Lesotho Prime Minister, Resigns Amid Murder Accusations

Thomas Thabane, Lesotho Prime Minister, Resigns Amid Murder Accusations Thomas Thabane, Lesotho Prime Minister, Resigns Amid Murder Accusations JOHANNESBURG — The leader of Lesotho, accused of being behind the murder of his estranged wife, announced Monday that he would step down, possibly paving the way for him to be formally charged in the killing. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said he …

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Sudan Must Pay Billions to Terrorism Victims, Supreme Court Rules

Sudan Must Pay Billions to Terrorism Victims, Supreme Court Rules

Sudan Must Pay Billions to Terrorism Victims, Supreme Court Rules Sudan Must Pay Billions to Terrorism Victims, Supreme Court Rules WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously reinstated as much as $4.3 billion in punitive damages awarded against Sudan to victims of truck bombs detonated in 1998 outside United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The attacks, conducted by …

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