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Botswana says toxic algae is behind mass elephant deaths

Botswana says toxic algae is behind mass elephant deaths

Authorities in Botswana say that toxic cyanobacteria, a kind of algae found in water sources, is behind the mysterious death of elephant herds earlier this year. Dr. Mmadi Reuben, the principal veterinary officer for the Department of Wildlife & National Parks, said Monday that the laboratory samples of water obtained…

Facebook to open new office in Nigeria

Facebook to open new office in Nigeria

Social media giant Facebook announced Friday a new office in Lagos, Nigeria, meant to support operations in sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected to be operational next year. The office will be home to several teams for sales, partnerships and communication, as well as becoming the first Facebook office on the…

Zambian nun praised as ‘unsung hero’ of COVID pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic and its many sorrows has come a new appreciation for essential workers, and now a Roman Catholic nun in Zambia has been named one of “seven unsung heroes” by wealthy philanthropist Bill Gates. Gates recently featured Sr. Astridah Banda in his popular “Gates Notes” newsletter and…

Iran denies plans to assassinate U.S. ambassador to SA

Intelligence officials in the United States warn that the U.S. ambassador to South Africa is the target of an assassination plot the Iranian government plans in retaliation for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January. Soleimani, the powerful head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force,…

Officials worry over Ebola spread in DR Congo

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has been overshadowed by the COVID pandemic, the country’s security crisis in the east and other headlines, but the virus has now claimed four dozen lives and experts are worried of a spread into Kinshasa or across the border. “The most…

UAE postpones its Zayed Sustainability Prize for another year

The 2021 Zayed Sustainability Prize scheduled for January in the United Arab Emirates has been postponed, with any submitted entries now moved into 2022. Officials in the UAE said the ceremony, celebrated during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), was too much of a risk with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The…

South Africans defend Mandela after alleged Trump insults

South Africans weighed in Tuesday on the alleged comments of President Donald Trump of the United States, whose remarks about African nations have faced scrutiny before but now include the late Nelson Mandela. This time they’ve come up again through a new book written by former Trump attorney and disgraced…

Ghana’s Akufo Addo elected as new ECOWAS chair

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana has been elected the new head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and will replace outgoing chief Mahamadou Issoufou, his Nigerien counterpart. “I am fully aware of the challenges which confront West Africa,” said Akufo Addo in his acceptance speech,…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

Uganda’s gorillas thrive as tourism takes a COVID hit

Uganda is celebrating the birth of another baby mountain gorilla, the fifth such arrival for the endangered species in the last six weeks. The latest little gorilla was born to Ruterana, an adult female in the Rushegura family group that lives in the Bwindi forest. It is her third child,…

ICC pushes back against U.S. sanctions decision

The International Criminal Court based in The Hague has condemned a United States decision to impose economic sanctions on Gambian native Fatou Bensouda, the ICC prosecutor, and an associate in retaliation for the ICC’s plans to investigate possible U.S. war crimes. The ICC said the decision, announced Wednesday by U.S….