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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Africa

All time
# boris in banjul
Boris Johnson is only delighted the Gambia wants back into the British Commonwealth
The UK foreign secretary refused to answer questions on his views of colonialism.
# Biblical
The people still fighting leprosy, years after the world stopped paying attention to it
More than 200,000 people still get leprosy every year.
# unrest
Irish people told to avoid Gambia as West Africa troops prepare to move in
Yesterday a department official confirmed that it was making contact with “the very small number of Irish citizens” who were in the country.
# Evacuation
Department of Foreign Affairs making contact with 'very small number' of Irish citizens in Gambia
Tour operators have begun evacuating tourists.
Priest arrested for predicting 92-year-old Robert Mugabe will die this year
The priest had even given a date.
# unfamiliar territory
'The Irish team were heading for some godforsaken place called Keetmanshoop'
Donal Lenihan recalls when the Irish team travelled to a town in the middle of the desert in southern Namibia
# fake plastic rice
People are selling 'rice' in Nigeria that is actually just coloured plastic
The country’s inflation is running at 18.5%, driven by higher food prices partly caused by a ban on rice imports.
# Harare Situation
92-year-old Mugabe backed to continue his rule over Zimbabwe
He has led the country for 36 years.
# shock victory
A former Argos security guard has just toppled an African tyrant
The 22-year-rule of Yahya Jammeh has ended.
# global youth
Ireland is the 15th best country in the world to be a young person - survey
The Global Youth Development Index ranks countries in terms of prospects and opportunities for young people.
# Rwanda's Zips
'The land of a thousand hills' is now using drones to deliver medicine
On Friday, Rwanda inaugurated a drone operation that its backers hope will kickstart a revolution in the supply of medical care in rural parts of Africa.
# nice suit
Zimbabwe vendors get creative as Mugabe's job promises disappear
Three piece suits are often the order of the day.
# Africa
Colaiste Lurgan's cover of Toto's Africa is the Friday night anthem we deserve
Big buala bos!
# bóthar ark
Dublin manager Jim Gavin plays "groomsman" to 5,300 animals being airlifted to Africa
The Bóthar Ark has flown with a cargo of Irish-donated animals which will be presented to farming families in Rwanda.
# Redemption
Irish photographer documents life inside notorious Uganda prison
Inmates at Luzira have access to spiritual seminars and counselling.
# outbreak fears
Asian and African countries face Zika risk due to high volume of people travelling there
The World Health Organisation has declared the virus a global public health emergency.
# lawnmower man
One man's dream project to fly from Ireland to Africa by lawnmower gets under way this week
Yes lawnmower. Or paramotor to give it its proper title. Oisín Creagh’s peculiar journey should take about a month.
# Backlash
The party of Nelson Mandela has had its worst electoral result since apartheid
The ANC has even lost control of the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay.
# unburied bodies
Stench of death hangs over South Sudan capital
Those who fled the latest violence described a campaign of wanton destruction.
# taking cover
Three Irish citizens are 'in lockdown' seeking refuge from South Sudan violence
The three are among 260 staff from Concern Worldwide in the country.
# Child brides
'Try it tomorrow and see': Gambian president promises 20-year jail terms for child marriage
“The Imam and those that preside over the marriage ceremony would also be sent to jail. If you want to know whether what I am saying is true or not, try it tomorrow and see.”
# treacherous journeys
"So many people died in the desert. We saw dead bodies, skeletons" - The horror stories of children seeking a new life
A new UNICEF report is highlighting the treacherous journeys of the world’s migrant and refugee children.
# lawnmower man
This Irish man is set to fly to Africa with a lawnmower engine on his back
Oisín Creagh has been flying paramotors for the last ten years.
# ashes to ashes
The world's biggest ivory bonfire is happening right now
An estimated $100m worth of illegal ivory is being torched.
# Cameroon
Irish-born UN Ambassador's motorcade hits and kills boy
A jeep in her motorcade hit the boy. She offered the boy’s family ‘profound condolences and our grief and heartbreak’.
# Hope
PHOTOS: This starving boy has made a wonderful recovery two months after being rescued
His family reportedly abandoned him because they thought he was a witch.
'Families hire 'cutters' to remove any sensation for the girl and it's called a rite of passage'
Extreme forms of mutilation can lead to difficulties in menstruation, painful intercourse, incontinence and infertility.
# South Africa
Woman found guilty of 1997 baby kidnap
A coincidence reunited the girl with her biological family.
# Female Genital Mutilation
'I used a razor blade and often cut ten girls a day'
There are over 140 million girls and woman across the world with cut genitals and this dangerous and painful practice continues today.
# Conflict
'I don't know if my child's been buried' - Images show possible mass graves after Burundi killings
The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head as he ran to take refuge has no idea where the boy’s body is.
# Ansar Dine
Australian couple in their 80s kidnapped by African Islamist group
The couple have lived in Burkina Faso for over 40 years.
# Worldwide
Number of teenagers dying from AIDS has tripled since 2000
The figures from UNICEF show it to be the number two cause of death among teenagers worldwide.
# Ealing
Well-to-do London couple abducted boy from Nigeria and made him their slave for 24 years
Dr Emmanuel Edet engaged in charity work for children in the developing world, while keeping a Nigerian “house boy” trapped in his home.
A whopping 320 tech jobs for Ireland have been announced today at the Web Summit
The jobs will be created in the technology and business sectors.
# War Crimes
Evidence of mass graves, forced cannibalism and rape in South Sudan conflict
The African Union has accused South Sudanese forces of extreme violence since the country’s civil war began nearly two years ago.
# elephant hunt
A hunter has shot the biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years
A German national paid the equivalent of €53,000 for a permit to land the bull elephant.
# Search
In photos: Can you think of a suitable Irish name for this baby giraffe?
Fota Wildlife Park is looking for your help.
# Explainer
4 things you need to know about the (now failed) coup in Burkina Faso
The country’s interim government was restored earlier this week after a week-long coup.
# Sudan
Lit cigarette blamed for petrol tanker explosion that killed 85 people
The explosion happened in the South Sudanese city of Maridi.
# Migration crisis
Thousands are fleeing Eritrea - what are they running from?
The country is producing around 4,000 migrants every single month.