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South Africa’s space telescopes contribute to cosmic discovery

South African scientists are celebrating their contribution to an unprecedented space discovery, through data gathered by their Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory. For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, in addition to light from the spectacular collision of…

Carrefour Kenya bans shopper over abusive, racist tantrum

Carrefour, the global retail giant based in suburban Paris, operates stores in more than 30 countries – but in Kenya, there’s one woman who won’t be welcomed back to any of their locations. That’s after a September 30 altercation in which a white woman reportedly made racist comments to other…

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…

Liberia awaits final vote count as Brumskine demands a do-over

Liberians are still anxiously waiting to hear complete election results from the National Elections Commission (NEC) as voters in two Nimba precincts will recast their votes on Tuesday. The NEC says it will withhold any further results reporting until Nimba’s are added to the count, which keeps the known results…