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Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Africa

All time
# Benin
Nine sailors abducted by suspected pirates off African coast
The Gulf of Guinea has become one of the most dangerous maritime regions in the world.
# Drought
Dozens of elephants have died due to severe drought in Zimbabwe
More than five million rural Zimbabweans – nearly a third of the population – are at risk of food shortages before the next harvest in 2020.
# Africa
Poacher killed by elephant then eaten by lions in South Africa
Only the man’s skull and a pair of trousers were recovered.
# Allegation
PSG open probe into claims of racial profiling of young players
French investigative website Mediapart cited documents from the latest series of Football Leaks allegations.
# tanzania
Tanzania president orders arrests over Lake Victoria ferry disaster
The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers.
# Birds of Prey
Irish man due in UK court for attempting to smuggle rare bird eggs at Heathrow
Many of the eggs recovered on 26 June have now hatched.
# Expansion
Silicon Valley looks to Africa as a new tech frontier
Many African governments have given the tech titans an enthusiastic welcome.
# causing a racket
Boris Becker's diplomatic passport is 'fake' says Central Africa Republic
The document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of new passports that were stolen in 2014.
# decisions decisions
Tomorrow Fifa will choose between North America and Morocco to host 2026 World Cup
On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, 207 Fifa member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football’s governing body.
# Floods
At least 27 people killed after dam bursts in Kenya
Weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides that have left 159 dead.
# the hardest harvest
This Cork dairy farmer drank blood fresh from a cow when she spent time farming with tribespeople in Kenya
Paula Hynes travelled to Kenya to spend two-and-a-half weeks with a remote Maasai tribe.
# refugee crisis
Israel will send refugees to Western countries as deportation plan scrapped
The original scheme was criticised by the United Nations.
# no smoke without fire
Big Tobacco made €7,900 for every dead smoker in 2015, according to a new report
The latest edition of the Tobacco Atlas says that the industry is maximising profits by targeting the ‘vulnerable’ in places like Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
# trocaire box
A change collection that became an Irish institution is back
Kumba from Sierra Leone is this year’s cover star.
# South Africa
South Africa's ruling party has decided to oust scandal-tainted President Zuma - reports
Jacob Zuma has refused to resign, local media reported.
# South Africa
Suspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by pack of lions in South Africa
The remains were found at the weekend in the bush at a private game park in the northern province of Limpopo
Voices
'Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family's name'
Jenifer Williams lives in Dublin but grew up in the Congo, she described it as “a ground of no mercy”.
# Israel
These Israeli teeth show modern humans left Africa 100,000 years earlier than thought
The ancient jawbone is believed to be somewhere between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.
# worrying
Non-emergency surgical death rates in Africa are double the global average
Elective surgeries in African countries have a death rate double that of the global average, a new study reveals.
# Racial Tensions
'You could hear the bones breaking' - South Africa haunted by racially charged murders
Robert Turner was one of the latest victims of a long campaign of violence against the country’s farmers who are largely white.
# Robert Mugabe
Thousands of protesters turn out in Zimbabwe calling for resignation of Robert Mugabe
The marches will cap an unprecedented week in which generals seized power and put Mugabe under house arrest.
# deposed leader
Zimbabwe crisis: Mugabe in talks with South Africa to find resolution to country's turmoil
Robert Mugabe fired his vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa last week but he may still succeed him.
# karma police
Alleged poacher arrested after rhino he was targeting attacks and injures him
The incident happened in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
# Somalia
Over 230 dead and 275 injured in worst single attack in Somalia's history
Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims following the blast, many burned beyond recognition.
# Mogadishu
At least 20 people killed in Somalia truck bombing
Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city.
# Dead in the water
Anthrax is being blamed for the sudden deaths of over 100 hippos in Namibia
Despite its notoriety as a biological weapon, anthrax is a bacterial disease that can be fatal for African wildlife.
# Niger
Three American special forces troops among several killed in ambush
The US Africa command confirmed in a statement that a joint US and Nigerien patrol came under fire in Niger.
# Riots
Two shot dead in protests over disputed Kenyan election
Human Rights Watch urged police to show restraint in the face of protests.
# Yemen
At least 56 people die after human traffickers force 300 off boats and into the sea
The migrants were being smuggled from Africa to Yemen.
# Boko Haram
'They beat me with an electric cable, while throwing water on me at the same time'
People accused of supporting Boko Haram are being brutally tortured in Cameroon.
Voices
Column: 'Over half my patients, often with contagious illnesses, have to share a bed'
The scale of the HIV problem in Kenya’s Homa Bay County is enormous, writes Dr Eamonn Faller.
# South Sudan
'If men are caught, they are killed. If women are caught, they are raped'
Men, women and children in South Sudan have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt alive.
# lifesavers
Irish Navy revives infant found unconscious in Mediterranean as record numbers saved
Commander Brian Fitzgerald said he was extremely proud of his team.
# Brain Drain
As doctors continue to emigrate, Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained staff
Africa and Pakistan contribute the highest number of non-Irish doctors here.
# josé eduardo agualusa
A book about a woman who locked herself into her house has won a €100k Dublin literary award
We spoke to its author, Angolan native José Eduardo Agualusa.
# Human Trafficking
'An industry built on human misery' - in an uncertain world people smugglers are making billions
The waves of desperate people slipping across international borders every year has created a massive moneymaking opportunity for unscrupulous human traffickers.
# gelatin remedy
China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter
The donkey gelatin industry is said to be worth millions of dollars in China, which is now looking to Africa to satisfy new demand.
# Siwaphiwe mbambo
Mum appears in court over alleged 'fake kidnap' of baby that caused manhunt across South Africa
The woman had claimed her car was hijacked with her baby inside.
# Famine
World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945 - UN official
There is a looming risk of famine in a number of countries.
# Famine
Explainer: Why tens of thousands face starvation in war-torn South Sudan
Famine was declared in the new African country on Monday, which has been embroiled in civil conflict for years.