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Tanzania has begun building what it says will be the biggest port in East Africa, in the coastal tourist resort of Bagamoyo. It is hoped the new facility will handle double the capacity of the one in Dar es Salaam. The project will cost about $11bn (£7bn), with much of the funding for construction coming from a government-owned Chinese...

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UN health experts have recommended cutting the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine by 80% in emergencies, amid a global vaccine shortage. A smaller dose would provide immunity for at least 12 months, they said. Emergency stocks have been depleted by a mass immunisation programme in Angola, where the disease has killed more than 300 people since December. ...

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South Africa has the highest number of dollar millionaires in Africa, according to a new report. According to a report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, Johannesburg alone, known as the "city of gold", is home to 23,400 millionaires. South Africa has 30% of the total. Egypt's Cairo comes second with 10,200, with Nigeria's Lagos third with...

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An outbreak of yellow fever has killed 21 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, linking some cases to an outbreak in neighbouring Angola. In a statement, the WHO said the deaths had occurred in January to March, with 151 suspected cases recorded. There was, it said, a "serious risk of further spread...

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Guinea has been free of Ebola since June. But pregnant women are still afraid of the virus, avoiding hospital and giving birth alone, writes the BBC's Tamasin Ford. Mamanata Soumah told me she didn't once see a midwife, a nurse or a doctor during her entire pregnancy and even as she entered the third day of excruciating contractions without...

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Two Maasai herdsmen have been charged after allegedly poisoning a famous pride of lions in Narok, south-west Kenya, a wildlife official said. Simindei Naururi and Kulangash Toposat reportedly doused a cow carcass with poison at the Maasai Mara Game reserve. Eight lions are being treated for poisoning. Two others were killed but at least one was not from the...

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Archaeologists say they have unearthed the earliest evidence of warfare between hunter-gatherers, at a site in northern Kenya. The 10,000-year-old remains of 27 people found at a remote site west of Lake Turkana show that they met violent deaths. They were left to die there rather than being buried. Many experts have argued that conflict only came about as...

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South African mobile-phone giant MTN has agreed to pay $1.7bn (£1.1bn) to Nigeria over failing to disconnect unregistered Sim cards. The firm was originally fined a record $5.2bn by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) but the two sides have settled on a lower amount. "This is the best outcome for the company," MTN executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko said. The...

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A severe fuel crisis has hit Nigeria with long queues of angry motorists waiting for hours outside petrol stations in major cities to fill up. Importers are accused of withholding petrol because of a payment dispute with the government, which they deny. This is the biggest fuel shortage in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May....

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Guinea is to be declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there. Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks. The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the country and a further 9,000 in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola in...

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