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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Africa

All time
Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring
Yes, Africa faces huge challenges, but it is also making remarkable progress and Ireland played its part in that, writes TD Joe Costello.
# bless the rains
Which 80s hit is suddenly back in the charts?
And forever in the top five in our hearts.
Column: In Ethiopia, ordinary Irish people doing extraordinary things in difficult circumstances
National Volunteering Week ends today. Here Donnacha Maguire, who is in Ethiopia, tells us about some of the work being done by Irish volunteers in the country.
# Mali
The Irish government is giving €2.5m for the humanitarian crisis in Mali
The money is part of a €520 million aid package from the EU to help Mali rebuild its country following a war with Islamist militants earlier this year.
# Solar Power
How this plane is travelling across America without any fuel
Powered entirely by the sun, the plane can fly by day or night but it will never be able to carry passengers.
# coelacanth
Scientists decode DNA of 'living fossil' fish believed extinct for 70 million years
This all changed, however, when a South African fishing trawler caught a living specimen in 1938, earning it the “living fossil” nickname.
# Hunger
Ireland to give €21 million to World Food Programme
The deal was signed during the opening day of a major international conference focussing on climate change, hunger and poor nutrition.
# Protests
Two dead in western Kenya riots: police
Protests erupted in western Kenya yesterday after a court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the country’s presidential elections.
# Philanthropy
"These are the countries where I'm the least known" - Bill Gates visits Ghana
The foundation set up by Bill Gates has been on a high-profile campaign to improve health in poor countries.
# Kenya
Kenya Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta as president
Lawyers for challenger Raila Odinga argued before the Supreme Court that the election was marred by irregularities.
# Madiba
'The country must not panic, Mandela is fine' - Zuma reassures South Africa
Concerns have been raised about the hospitalisation of South Africa’s anti-apartheid leader and former president Nelson Mandela earlier today.
Column: 'Sleeping sickness' is devastating small African communities – I need to show them they're not forgotten
Barrie Rooney, a biomedical analyst from Co Leitrim, explains what motivates her to travel to remote areas of Africa to treat patients suffering from sleeping sickness – and how her Irish culture helps her connect with the people she helps.
# United Nations
Mary Robinson appointed UN Special Envoy for African Great Lakes region
The announcement was welcomed by NGOs working in the region as well as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.
Column: The way some people view African countries is inherently racist – as Kony 2012 shows
The Invisible Children campaign went viral worldwide last year – but it was deeply racist, politically motivated, and presented a Uganda that does not exist, writes Kevin McPartlan.
# Humanitarian Aid
Ireland announces €3.8m in funding for UN agencies and NGOs in Congo
Seven million people have died as a result of war in DR Congo since 1998 – making it the one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II, said the Minister for Trade and Development.
Column: Irish troops are heading to Mali – what will they find there?
Irish troops will go to Mali next month, where approximately 375,000 people have been displaced due to internal conflict. The immense humanitarian fallout of the situation must not be overlooked, writes Emilia Sorrentino.
80 killed in DR Congo clash: UN
A rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seized control of an eastern town after days of fighting that have left more than 80 people dead, the UN has confirmed.
Column: 'Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst' amid Kenya election fears
Five years ago, over 500,000 people were displaced and more than 1,500 killed in post-election violence in Kenya. Now, NGOs are working to manage humanitarian situation ahead of the country’s next election this Monday, writes Ivy Ndiewo.
# DR Congo
11 countries to sign DR Congo peace accord: UN
Eleven African countries have been invited to sign a UN-brokered accord aiming to end more than two decades of conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
# kidnapped
Seven French holidaymakers kidnapped in Cameroon
A family of French citizens, including four children, have been kidnapped by a Nigerian terrorist group suspected to be Boko Haram.
# Research
Infidelity is a major cause of Africa's HIV epidemic - study
The study found that up to two thirds of all new HIV infections among men in stable partnerships are caused by one partner being unfaithful.
# Mali
French president makes trip to Mali city of Timbuktu
Francois Hollande was greeted with chants of ‘Thank You, France.’
# Catholic Church
High Court to hear case of African man allegedly abused by Irish priest
Papers were lodged with the High Court late Wednesday.
# Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's finance minister: 'The government has €161 in the bank'
Maybe Robert Mugabe’s been spending the money on suits.
# Mali
French and Malian forces patrol historic desert city of Timbuktu
French and Malian troops now control the historic town in which Islamist rebels are said to have destroyed thousands of ancient Muslim and Greek manuscripts.
# factfile
Explainer: Here’s what you need to know about Mali
As tensions surge between France and its former colony Mali, this factfile gives the facts about the country and how the current situation arose.
# Integration
Most of Ireland’s new citizens do not feel part of society
The survey found that 86 per cent of our new citizens have completed third level education while over 80 per cent are working.
# Mali
United Nations backs Mali intervention as more French troops on the way
Approval at the UN security council is likely to mean further support for France’s intervention in west Africa.
# Mali
Mali conflict: Islamists vow to strike 'at heart' of France
The French government believes that its intervetion in the west African country will be over in a matter of weeks but officials have said that Islamist militants are better trained and armed than expected.
# Irish Aid
Uganda repays €4 million in Irish Aid funding that was misappropriated
The money has been handed back after it emerged last year that it had been misappropriated by officials in the Ugandan Prime Minister’s office.
DR Congo's M23 rebels arrive for peace talks
Rebels are meeting with the Congolese government in Uganda for peace talks – in a bid to end the long-running conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
# tributes
Ian McKeever: Taoiseach's message of condolence recalls 'passionate' adventurer
Enda Kenny said McKeever was a passionate adventurer who was “driven in his belief that everybody can achieve their potential”.
# South Africa
Whole family dies in waterfall plunge
The family of three from South Africa were on holidays at the time.
# Africa
US evacuates embassy in Central African Republic
The UN has demanded that rebels halt their nearly three-week offensive to ensure the safety of civilians.
# Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital in South Africa
The 94-year-old former leader was admitted to hospital three weeks ago for treatment for a recurring lung infection.
# Seized
UN court orders release of Argentine ship in Ghana
The ARA Libertad training ship was seized in October in the port of Tema as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina’s economic crisis a decade ago.
# Nelson Mandela
Mandela responding to treatment for lung infection
The 94-year-old former president of South Africa has had longstanding lung problems.
# stowaway
UK police unable to identify man who fell from sky
Police believe the man was a stowaway attempting to enter England by hiding in the undercarriage of a passenger plane – and fell to his death as the aircraft descended.
# Clashes
Obama tells Egypt he is 'deeply concerned' over protest deaths
The US president told Mohamed Morsi that he was worried about the deaths of protesters in Egypt in recent days.