Giraffe Extinction

A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction.

Numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The iconic animal has declined because of habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in many parts of Africa.

To read the article titled, “Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges” click here.

Ghana Votes

Ghanaians will on Wednesday vote for the country's President and Members of Parliament for the next four years.

The West African country is considered one of the most stable on the continent with this election being its seventh multi-party ballot since the end of military rule in 1992.

Ghana has evolved into a two party system with successive governments ping ponging between the National Democratic Party and the New Patriotic Party.

Brazil Plane Crash

As Brazil comes to terms with the loss of a top football team and dozens of other passengers in the worst air disaster of 2016, investigators are trying to find out why the chartered jet crashed close to Medellín’s main airport in Colombia.

Seventy-one people died; six survivors are being treated in hospital, four passengers listed on the manifest missed their flight.

RIP Fidel Castro

Thousands of Cubans began lining up early near Havana's Plaza of the Revolution Monday carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.

One of the first in line was Tania Jimenez, 53, a mathematician who arrived at 04:00 carrying a rose.

"Fidel is everything to us, the soul of this country who gave everything, all his life," Jimenez said in tears.

Ethiopian Women Fear Human Trafficking

Women in Ethiopia live under constant fear of violence, illness, hunger and poverty but they are now also facing a new threat - human trafficking, according to veteran women's rights campaigner Bogaletch Gebre.

Although a state-led industrial drive has transformed Ethiopia into one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, a third of its 99 million citizens still survive on less than $1.90 a day - the World Bank's measure of extreme poverty.

Mozambique Fuel Tanker Blast

Children were among the wounded after 73 people were killed and scores others injured when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique.

At least 73 people were killed and scores others injured when an oil tanker truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique, the nation’s public radio announced.

“The death toll of the incident is now 73,” state-run Radio Mocambique announced, citing authorities in Tete.

Burundi Seeks to Replace UN Envoy

Burundi's president has asked the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a new envoy less than two weeks after the emissary returned from crisis talks in Bujumbura, according to a letter seen by AFP on Monday.

President Pierre Nkurunziza said in the letter sent last week that Ban and incoming Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should begin consultations on choosing a successor to British diplomat Jamal Benomar.

Warning on Cancer Deaths Explosion

Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030 -- roughly the population of Denmark.

This represented a near 60-percent increase in less than two decades, said an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society (ACS), released Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris.

As the global population grows and ages, the highest toll will be among women in poor and middle-income countries, it said, and much of it from cancers which are largely preventable.

Swazi Men Abused

More Swazi men are seeking help from a gender-based-violence NGO.

Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) reported that in August 2016, 60 men attended its clinics. This compared to 86 women during the same time.
Local media reported SWAGAA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Mcolisi Dlamini, saying the number of men seeking help from the organisation was on the increase. 

The Swazi Observer reported on Tuesday (25 October 2016) that 26 clients reported ‘non-abuse’ cases such as personal issues and were not relating to sexual or physical abuse. 

Zimbabweans Fear Cholera Outbreak

The water crisis facing Harare has sparked fears of an outbreak of diseases such as cholera, which led to thousands of deaths less than a decade ago.

Hit by severe drought, low reservoir levels and a crumbling water supply infrastructure, wide swathes of the city are now restricted to running water two days a week and have become reliant on potentially polluted sources for everyday use.

The drought has seen rivers, boreholes and wells dry up, often because of poor farming practices and building on wetlands, as well as one of the hottest summers in recent years.


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