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15 Aug 2020
At least one person has died after protests erupted in Ivory Coast on Thursday as President Ouattara announced he will run for a controversial third term. In Mozambique, a jihadist group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State has taken over a port city in the north of the country, the government has tried to play down reports that it has lost control. Finally, our team in Tunisia meets the hoteliers who are feeling the pinch in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
30 Jul 2020
Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims begin the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world's largest religious gatherings.
18 Jul 2020
German state health ministers say restrictions imposed amid future coronavirus outbreaks should be localized on a small scale. This comes as the slaughterhouse behind a major lockdown resumes operations.
14 Jul 2020
Damage from wide-spread flooding in China may have cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Hubei province, which was badly affected by the coronavirus outbreak, has seen some of the worst flooding around the Yangtze.
8 Jun 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has revealed cracks in the China-Africa dynamic. Gone are the days of Chinese big loans and major borrowing. Beijing's relationship with its African partners is changing, experts say.
7 Jun 2020
Mumbai is bracing for a rare Arabian Sea cyclone, prompting coastal evacuations and transport suspensions. The 20-million hub has already been struggling for weeks with a major coronavirus outbreak.
1 Jun 2020
Papers see the United States at a breaking point as the twin crises of police violence and the coronavirus outbreak "put America's deep racial inequalities in stark relief". For many cartoonists, US President Donald Trump is the one fanning the flames of the chaos. Israeli papers draw a parallel between the killing of George Floyd and the killing of an unarmed and autistic Palestinian man by Israeli border police. Finally, in more positive news, SpaceX astronauts brought a sparkly dinosaur on their mission to the ISS.
19 May 2020
Brazil now has the fourth-largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, surpassing former hotspots Spain and Italy in total confirmed cases. President Bolsonaro continues to downplay the virus and slammed lockdown measures.
29 Apr 2020
Singapore managed to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check in the early stages, but is facing a fast-moving second wave of infections, with the vast majority of new infections in foreign worker dormitories.
24 Apr 2020
More than elsewhere, the coronavirus outbreak has put Saudi Arabia's vision for the future in jeopardy. The collapse in oil revenues and the rising influence of the religious establishment could derail its plans.
20 Apr 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has shocked and surprised the world, but for many disease ecologists, Covid-19 may be just the beginning of many more mass pandemics. There is now growing evidence that we humans could be to blame for the crisis. This week on Down to Earth, we look at the potential link between the destruction of our ecosystems and the rise in animal-borne diseases, but also at how nature could be one of our greatest allies in the fight against Covid-19.
18 Apr 2020
This week we're bringing you a special edition of Inside the Americas from the United States to show how the country is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. We go to Baltimore to see why African Americans are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. We then head to the epicentre of the US outbreak, New York City. Finally, in Los Angeles, we’ll show you what money can buy during a pandemic.

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Clashes erupted in Nairobi after a Kenyan police officer shot dead six people in a rampage on Tuesday (December 7) and then shot and killed himself, a senior police officer and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said. The officer first shot and killed his wife at their home before setting off with his service-issued AK-47 rifle to shoot dead another four people, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said on its Twitter account, describing the shooter as a "rogue officer".
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Thousands of Sudanese protest across the country in a show of anger over a government deal that reinstated the prime minister but gave the military majority control. Also, Gambia's president wins re-election, but the opposition is crying foul. One competitor has since accepted the result, but two others are refusing to. Finally, protesters take to South African beaches in opposition to oil and gas exploration by energy giant Shell. Activists say the project endangers marine animals and tourism.
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The SPD's Olaf Scholz, Germany's next chancellor, has presented his Cabinet ministers for the new government, to be sworn in on Wednesday. He offered a few surprises.
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Austria's ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced he is stepping back from politics. His successor, Alexander Schallenberg, has also announced his resignation.
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At least 38 inmates were killed and dozens more injured in a fire on Tuesday at the main prison in Burundi's capital Gitega, the country's vice president said. Twelve died of asphyxia as they tried to flee the burning buildings and 26 died of severe injuries, Vice President Prosper Bazombanza told reporters at the Gitega Prison after the fire. Video Credit: Sos Médias Burundi
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Governments and international organizations have said Myanmar's most prominent pro-democracy figure did not receive a fair trial, and accuse the ruling junta of sacking the rule of law in a bid to hold power.