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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Africa

All time
# fresh violence
'Crisis team' set up to help Irish in Libya, as French and British leave on naval ship
Around 200 people have been killed in the last two weeks in Tripoli and Benghazi.
# Outbreak
World Health Organisation launches €75 million ebola plan
The outbreak has been called “an extraordinary challenge”.
# Outbreak
Sierra Leone declares "Stay At Home Day" in bid to curb ebola
An American doctor who contracted the disease is said to have made a slight recovery.
# Outbreak
Canadian doctor quarantined as ebola outbreak continues to spread
The death toll now stands at 672 in the deadliest outbreak of the disease ever.
# Outbreak
Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?
This video shows how the infection takes hold.
# Molecular shark
More than 1,000 people have contracted Ebola in the worst outbreak in history
Religious belief, social mores, misinformation and a general mistrust of conventional medicine are all contributing to the spread of the deadly virus.
# Crash
Air Algerie wreckage found in Mali after 'disintegrating'
France will send a military unit to secure the wreckage.
# bir tawil
This man crowned himself king of an unclaimed part of Africa - and he's pretty serious about it
Jeremiah Heaton wants to turn the area into an agricultural hub for the region.
# AH5017
Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people crashed - Reports
Storms were reported in the area when the plane went missing last night
# on the frontline
Irish researcher wins major acclaim for 'lifesaving' medical app
It’s designed to help doctors on the ground in remote parts of Africa.
# catastrophe
Suitcase or coffin? The choice thousands of people faced in CAR
A total of 2,599 people died by gunshot, machete attacks or grenades in a six-month period.
# princess emily
Man founds 'new nation' in Africa so his daughter can be a princess
That’s one devoted dad.
# Healthcare
Ireland donates virtual reality technology to train surgeons in Africa
The new mobile surgical training unit simulators and can be used by up to ten trainees at any one time.
# illegal trade
African elephants could quickly "be driven to extinction locally", warns conservation group
CITES says that the number of elephants killed in the past three years is “far exceeding” the number born.
# Nigeria
Boko Haram have abducted another SIXTY women and girls
The militant group has been holding over 200 schoolgirls captive since mid-April.
Opinion: The worst crisis you’ve never heard of... is the CAR crisis the next Rwanda?
The Central African Republic doesn’t stir associations like Liberia or Egypt, and this anonymity is contributing to human suffering of catastrophic proportions.
# this s**t is bananas
After 7 years and almost €7 million, super banana will face its first human trial
The banana may look like other bananas but on the inside it’s a whole other story.
# Al Shabab
Militants attack Kenyan town as residents watch World Cup. 48 people killed.
Authorities are blaming al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked terror group, for the attack at Mpeketoni.
# hunted down
Kenya's largest elephant has been killed by poachers
Distressing images. Satao was one last surviving of the ‘great tuskers’.
# Sudan
Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death to be freed 'within days'
Meriam Ibrahim was condemned to death by flogging and hanging for marrying a Christian man.
# Out of Africa
500 African migrants leapt a fence into Spanish territory today
At least 1,000 sub-Saharan Africans had joined in the pre-dawn attempt to enter Melilla, one of two Spanish-held cities on the northern coast of Africa.
Opinion: It is a great feeling knowing that your children can call Ireland home
The longer one stays in Ireland and gets to know Irish people, the nuances and craic and communities.
Opinion: I was a vulnerable girl when I came to Ireland, and I’m forever grateful to the loving friends I met
As an orphan in Uganda, I was faced with a lot of challenges growing up. But when I moved to Ireland my life changed: I felt safe.
Opinion: Equality and social justice for women is my life’s work
In the run-up to Africa Day, Salome Mbugua discusses her social justice work in Ireland and various African countries.
Column: With a positive attitude and determination to succeed, the sky is the limit
Africa Day celebrations are taking place nationwide this weekend. Here, entrepreneur Timi Martins talks about being an entrepreneur in Ireland.
Column: Dance has the ability to bring people together, no matter where they're from
Africa Day celebrations are taking place nationwide. Here, student and dancer Onai Tafuma writes about her life in Ireland.
Column: 'Africa is not a single country, many countries and cultures make up the continent'
Africa Day celebrations are taking place nationwide this week. Here, writer and broadcaster Carol Azams writes about her life in Ireland.
Opinion: After a day submerged in a river, the family escaped the men who wanted them dead
The crisis in South Sudan is now at a tipping point – we cannot afford to wait. The history books will pass their judgement on how we now react.
# kidnapped
Abducted schoolgirls: Nigeria says it will talk to Boko Haram
Meanwhile, a regional governor has said that all of the girls shown in a video release by the militant group had been identified as students in the school attacked last month.
# darkness to bright
Irish artist wins international prize for his psychedelic war photography
Kilkenny’s Richard Mosse was this evening announced as the winner of Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
# mental heath assessment
Prosecutors ask for Oscar Pistorius to be placed under psychiatric observation
The option of changing his defence to one of “diminished responsibility” was raised during the Olympian’s trial today.
# War
After 5 months and thousands of deaths, ceasefire begins in South Sudan
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met yesterday, prayed together, and agreed that “all hostile activities will stop”.
Opinion: I see families waiting helplessly as certain famine approaches
South Sudan is already predicting that 50,000 children under five could die of hunger before the year is out.
# Drugs
Photo: Here's what €170 million worth of heroin looks like
It was the biggest ever haul of heroin ever seized at sea.
# rail disaster
At least 57 dead, death toll still rising as train flies off rails in Congo swamp
The train crashed in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bodies are being being buried after being taken from the wreckage, as there is no morgue in the area….
Column: I watched thirsty children collect water contaminated with sewage
There are clear signs of impending famine in South Sudan – immediate, focused humanitarian efforts are needed to prevent imminent disease and starvation.
# Africa
58 killed, including women and children, in attack at UN base in South Sudan
48 bodies were recovered from inside the base, which is sheltering thousands of displaced civilians. The bodies of ten attackers were found outside.
Column: The forgotten crises that don't make the evening news still deserve our attention
In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.
Column: 'Memories of the genocide drew screams and wails that echoed around the stadium'
The atmosphere in Rwanda as it remembers its horrific genocide of 20 years ago has been equal parts sombre and hopeful, writes Karen Power.