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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: 2°C

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The most serious locust outbreak in 25 years is spreading across East Africa, threatening food supplies
The insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops
Second Ebola patient dies in Uganda as outbreak crosses the border
The fatalities have prompted World Health Organization officials to prepare an emergency meeting.
Tributes paid to young Irish backpacker who died in Tanzania
The man is understood to be originally from Portmarnock in Dublin.
Facebook billionaire gives millions of 'no strings attached' cash to poor people
Could direct payments to those who need it most be the way forward?
Pandas, curry and poles... DHL was asked to deliver these unusual things last year
Ugandan LGBT activist in Dublin to speak out for those who can't
Despite constant danger, activist Kasha Nabagesera said that she still loves her country and remains hopeful that the country will reverse its stance on homosexuality.
Ethiopia's long-time ruler Meles Zenawi dies aged 57
Zenawi was an ally of the US in its counter-terrorism fight but his leadership raised many human rights concerns. He won his last election two years ago with 99 per cent of the vote.
146 presumed dead in Tanzania ferry accident
Rescue efforts have been called off with 77 people still missing after the sinking in the Indian Ocean.
How did a ship manage to slow down all of East Africa's broadband?
Simple – it managed to drag its anchors across an undersea data cable linking the continent to faster internet connections.
World leaders threaten sanctions over Somalia
Those who hamper the troubled state’s political progress will face serious sanctions, leaders attending today’s major international conference in London warned.
U2 covers album launched to raise money for Concern
The album features tracks from Achtung Baby, covered by Patti Smith, Depeche Mode and Jack White, and all proceeds will go to Concern’s East Africa appeal.
First African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize dies
One of Kenya’s most recognisable women Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel in 2004 for combining environmentalism and social activism, has passed away following a long struggle with cancer.
Somali government bans foreign workers from delivering aid
The Somali government has placed a ban on foreign aid workers delivering food to dying citizens in militant-contolled areas.
The week in photos
This is the week that was, in pictures
World Food Programme begins airlifting food to East Africa
The WFP is sending 800 metric tons of emergency aid to the region, where 12 million people are suffering from hunger.
Somali refugees moved as camps overflow
The UN has begun to move people to into extended camps as the numbers of refugees swell – while aid agencies appeal for continued support to help battle the crisis.
First consignment of Irish aid to reach Somalia tomorrow
Officials have warned that 800,000 children could die across the Horn of Africa, with the worst affected country being drought-ravaged Somalia.
UN launches urgent appeal for donor help in East Africa
Some mothers have had to make the “horrifying choice of saving the strongest” of their children while leaving the weakest behind to die as starving families make the long, desperate trek to refugee camps, says the UN.
Nearly 800,000 children in Somalia face immediate death
Concern video shows extent of humanitarian crisis in refugee camps as militants threatening to ban return of aid agencies not already on the ground.
'It is much worse than people realise': Mary Robinson visits Somalia
Such is the extent of the famine in parts of Somalia the US is to aid parts of the country controlled by Al-Shabab.
UN declares famine in parts of Somalia
It is the first time famine has been declared in the region in 19 years amid the worst drought in six decades.
Mary Robinson in drought stricken Horn of Africa
The former president’s visit comes nearly 20 years after her first trip to Somalia to highlight the crisis there.
After two years UN aid delivered to Islamist areas of Somalia
It’s the first time aid has been delivered to some parts of the country in two years
Ireland to give extra €1m in aid to Horn of Africa
Countries in East Africa are in the grip of the worst drought in 60 years, with millions facing starvation.
"The people here show me the graves of children": East Africa's drought crisis
A photo-essay from Oxfam in Ethiopia and a first-hand account from a Concern worker in Somalia paint a stark picture of the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in 60 years.