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So far, the coronavirus outbreak in Africa has been much more limited than elsewhere. While concerns remain that fragile healthcare systems make the continent particularly vulnerable, Africa is still far behind Europe and North America when it comes to the intensity of the crisis .

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In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI, the president of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, discussed the Covid-19 pandemic in his country, as well as a controversial treatment developed in Madagascar that the Republic of Congo plans to use.

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Mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization seen as being close to Vladimir Putin, are fighting in Libya, UN diplomats said Wednesday, citing an experts' report on the country's arms embargo.

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In tonight's edition: Supporters of Malawi's opposition took to the streets of Blantyre on Wednesay as their presidential candidate presented nomination papers for the July re-run of last years election. The outcome initially returned President Peter Mutharika to office but the result was historically overturned in a landmark ruling in February.

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Boko Haram fighters clashed with government forces on Sunday in Diffa, the largest city in southwestern Niger, in what the jihadists said was a successful attack on a military camp.   

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In tonight's edition: Uganda moved quickly to bring in one of the toughest african coronavirus lockdowns in the region. That's been extended for another two weeks even as some restrictions are lifted allowing some businesses to reopen.

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Uganda moved quickly to bring in one of the toughest coronavirus lockdowns in the region. That's now been extended for another two weeks even as some restrictions are lifted, allowing a number of businesses to reopen.

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Last month, the president of Madagascar and the country’s Institute for Applied Research launched Covid-Organics (CVO), a drink derived from the artemisia plant they claim can treat and prevent Covid-19. Now other countries in the region are beginning to import the herbal remedy, despite a lack of scientific research to back up its billing as a miracle cure for the coronavirus.

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Africa’s biggest city, Lagos, returned to work on Monday at the end of a five-week coronavirus lockdown.

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A French Foreign Legion soldier was killed in combat in Mali, the Élysée presidential palace announced in a press release on Monday.

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In tonight's edition:  Main cities see an easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions, many businesses are still shut and social distancing measures are still in place. South Africa also sees businesses reopen after five weeks of lockdown.

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Nigeria's main cities of Lagos and Abuja see an easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, but many businesses are still shut and social distancing measures remain in place. Our correspondent tells us more. Meanwhile, South Africa also sees some businesses reopen after five weeks of lockdown.

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Despite a country-wide lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa’s anti-poaching rangers remain on patrol, protecting one of the country’s most valuable resources at a time when conservationists fear a lack of tourists may be putting rare animals at greater risk from illegal hunting.

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While debate rages in France over Professor Didier Raoult's recommendation of a mixture of chloroquine (an antimalarial) and azithromycin (an antibiotic) to treat patients with Covid-19, some African countries have taken it very seriously.

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While debate rages in France over Professor Didier Raoult's recommendation of a mixture of chloroquine (an antimalarial) and azithromycin (an antibiotic) to treat patients with Covid-19, some African countries have taken it very seriously.

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An Egyptian filmmaker detained without trial for over two years for making a music video that mocked President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi died on Saturday at a maximum-security prison complex, two rights lawyers said.

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A French Foreign Legion soldier who was fighting in Mali died on Friday from his injuries in an IED attack, the Élysée Palace announced in a press release on Saturday.

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A French Foreign Legion soldier who was fighting in Mali died on Friday from his injuries in an IED attack, the Élysée Palace announced in a press release on Saturday.

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The legendary Nigerian Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen has passed away at the age of 79 in Paris. His death was sudden but his manager says it was not linked to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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The legendary Nigerian Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen has passed away at the age of 79 in Paris. His death was sudden, but his manager says it was not linked to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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In the fight against terrorist groups in Africa, US forces provide crucial support to the G5 Sahel group (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) with intelligence, logistics and supplies. But as the terror threat continues to spread in the region, Africa is no longer a priority for the Pentagon, which could well withdraw its troops, as announced by US President Donald Trump.

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In the outskirts of the Malian capital Bamako, several camps for IDPs (internally displaced persons) shelter families who have fled violence in their home regions. But with a severe lack of food, water, medical care and hygiene, the threat of Covid-19 means they are even more vulnerable than they were before the pandemic.

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On the outskirts of the Malian capital Bamako, several camps for internally displaced persons shelter families who have fled violence in their regions. But with a severe lack of food, water, medical care and hygiene, the threat of Covid-19 means they are even more vulnerable than they were before the pandemic.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) called on African countries Thursday to maintain tough measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus as some countries began easing lockdowns including South Africa, which has recorded Africa's highest Covid-19 death toll.

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