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Cholera hits DRC, Niger

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.

"A total of 2 100 patients are currently being treated and since February we have registered 125 deaths," said Hippolyte Mutombo Mbwebwe, health minister in the eastern Kasai region.

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Indonesia Quake

Hopes of finding survivors faded in quake-devastated Lombok island in Indonesia on Wednesday as a humanitarian crisis for 156 000 left homeless looms with a shortage of clean water, food, and medicine.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency put the death toll from Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake at 131, including two on the western neighbouring island of Bali. The agency said the figure was expected to rise.

Ebola vaccinations for DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry is preparing to begin Ebola vaccinations on Wednesday in the eastern city of Beni and neighbouring Mangina village where the outbreak was announced last week, the ministry said.

The vaccination campaign will target health care providers, contacts of confirmed Ebola cases and their contacts, said Barthe Ndjoloko Tambwe, director of the Ebola response in Beni. The strategy is the same that was used to contain the previous outbreak in DRC's Equateur province in which more than 3 300 people were vaccinated.

Mnangagwa wins 2018 elections

On August 1, following the announcement of the parliamentary election results in Zimbabwe, which saw Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF winning a clear majority, opposition MDC Alliance supporters held a demonstration in and around Harare's central business district, claiming the vote was rigged. 

In response, the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) soldiers fired live ammunition on the protesters, killing six people. 

Military training extended in Central Africa

The European Union extended its military training mission in the Central African Republic for two more years, it announced on Monday, pledging 25 million euros to help reform the country's defence sector.

The scope of the mission, known as the EUTM RCA, has also been modified to give strategic advice to the president's cabinet, interior ministry and police, as well as the military.

Beautiful democracy says Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe's president is praising "a beautiful expression of freedom & democracy" after polls have closed in a historic election.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says on Twitter that millions have voted in "mutual respect & peace." He urges the country to wait patiently for the electoral commission to announce the results.

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Poor Zim girls rely on rags, paper, leaves for their monthlies

When her monthly period comes, 17-year-old Maria Chaodza dismantles a home-made pillowcase and picks out pieces of its worn stuffing - an old, cloth rug - which she uses in place of the sanitary pad she cannot afford.

Menstruation means missing school; Chaodza feels too ashamed of her makeshift pad to show her face as she battles days of heavy bleeding.

End to Ebola outbreak in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

“After an observation period of 42 days during which no new confirmed cases have been observed, and in conformity with international health regulations, I declare today, July 24 2018, that the epidemic of Ebola virus disease in province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has come to an end,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.

Three-year-old boy attacked with acid in UK

Five men aged from 22 to 41 were charged on Wednesday over a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Britain.

The boy was taken to hospital with serious burns to his arm and face following the attack outside a store in Worcester, central England, on Saturday.

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