More Than 150 Children Dead in Zimbabwe Measles Outbreak

A measles outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed at least 157 children, with more than 2,000 infections reported across the country, the government said on Tuesday. Cases have been growing rapidly in the southern African nation since authorities said the first infection was logged earlier this month, with reported deaths almost doubling in less than a …

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William Ruto declared winner of Kenyan presidential vote amid chaos at election center

Ruto won with 50.49% of the vote, narrowly defeating veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was contesting his fifth election. He will become Kenya’s fifth President since independence, winning the seat on his first attempt. Ruto’s party, the Kenya First coalition, has won a majority of seats in Kenya’s senate, the …

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The world food crisis is about to get worse

Press play to listen to this article Six months of fighting between Russia and Ukraine — two farming powerhouses — has plunged a teetering global food system into full-blown catastrophe, leaving millions of people facing starvation. The war is exacerbating a crisis already fueled by climate change, soaring costs of living and a fertilizer price …

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Children among dozens killed in Egypt church fire

The children ranged in age from 3 to 16, according to the documents. The current death toll stands at 41 dead and 14 injured, said a statement from Egypt’s Coptic Church that cited health officials. The fire started at about 9 a.m. local time by an electrical failure in an air conditioning unit on the …

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United Nations grain ship departs Ukraine for East Africa

A ship chartered by the United Nations to transport Ukrainian wheat to countries at risk of famine set sail for East Africa on Sunday. The Brave Commander freighter departed from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhne, east of Odesa, carrying 23,000 metric tons of grain, the Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon, citing regional governor Maksym Marchenko. …

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Kenya electoral officials blame presidential candidates' agents for results delay

The chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accused party agents of approaching the process like a “forensic audit,” saying they were disrupting the process. “Please don’t interrogate the returning officers and slow down the process. If we do that then we shall not be able to finish this exercise,” the chair Wafula …

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Eight police officers killed in Sierra Leone during protests, minister says

The officers, six men and two women, were “brutalized” and killed in the area where the protests held on Wednesday, youth minister Mohamed Orman Bangura said. The protests grew violent at times. Graphic images and video of battered and seriously injured protesters and some members of security forces could be seen on social media. Security …

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Coronavirus Deaths Fall Overall by 9%, New Infections Stable, Says WHO

The number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9 per cent in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable, according to the latest weekly pandemic report released by the World Health Organization Wednesday. The UN health agency said there were more than 14,000 Covid-19 deaths in the last week and nearly 7 million new …

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Fertilizer factor fuels global food crisis

Press play to listen to this article A global fertilizer crunch is threatening to further starve a planet that’s already going hungry. Officials at the United Nations and beyond are stepping up warnings about the mounting crisis for fertilizers — an essential substance to boost soil fertility — as vulnerable countries in places like Africa …

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UN soldiers have come under attack in the DRC from locals who want them out. Here's why.

Since July 25, anti-UN protests have raged on in the DRC’s eastern region, with 36 people — including four peacekeepers — dead and 170 wounded as of Wednesday, the DRC government told CNN. Protesters are demanding the withdrawal of UN forces from the central African country for failing to rein in rebel groups in the …

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