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“Forty days of train travel… only to miss our match”

 
They were close to fulfilling a dream: playing in the Katanga football league, a yearly tournament in Lubumbashi that pits the top teams of this southern province in Democratic Republic of Congo against one another. But thanks to a series of train-related mishaps, the players of FC Tanganyika were forced to forfeit after turning up to the final two weeks late. Read more...
 
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Children with cancer abandoned at Kenya’s largest hospital

 
Paediatric cancer wards are sobering places in any country. But at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, a large number of children are not just sick but alone. Read more...
 
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Burkina’s bogus butts

 
In Bobo-Dioulasso’s markets, prosthetics shaped like female backsides have become a best seller. According to our Observer, large behinds are very trendy in Burkina Faso these days. Read more...
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Evangelical churches in Cameroon oppose polio vaccinations for children

 
The government has launched a massive polio immunisation campaign in western Cameroon to counter the disease, which primarily affects children. The operation has overall been successful but is nonetheless encountering pockets of resistance, including, notably, from evangelical churches that are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the vaccination of children. Read more...

Images from Kidal, Mali’s rebel bastion

 
Residents of the northern Malian town of Kidal have had a difficult week, with repeated clashes between the army and Tuareg armed groups. This violence, which erupted when the Malian prime minister visited the rebel bastion, has taken place far from any TV cameras. However, our Observers have been able to send us a few amateur images of the town, which is now under the control of the armed separatists. Read more...

TV stations off air in post-coup censorship

Several of our Observers in Thailand, where the military announced a takeover on Thursday, have sent us photos of their TV screens showing off-air channels. The country’s new rulers have ordered Thai TV and radio stations to stop broadcasting. A number of international channels have reportedly gone off air as well. Read more...

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Benghazi attack: “A coup would be a huge step back”

 
Calm has returned to Benghazi, in eastern Libya, after a weekend of fighting. On Friday, a retired general launched an attack against Islamist militias accused of terrorising the city. However, Benghazi residents question his motives. Read more...
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