Africa: Drought Leaves 45 Million in Need Across 14 Countries

[The New Humanitarian] Nairobi -Failed rains across eastern Africa, southern Africa, and the Horn of Africa are seeing another dire season for farmers, increasing food prices and driving up the aid needs of tens of millions of already vulnerable people across the three regions.

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South Africa: Deadly Air – Ramaphosa Named in Multi-Billion-Rand Coal Pollution Court Case

[Daily Maverick] It has been 12 years since the South African government officially recognised the lethal levels of air pollution caused by the Eskom and Sasol plants on the Mpumalanga and east Gauteng Highveld. In that time, with international experts linking our national coal-fired pollution to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of chronic illnesses a year — costing the economy in excess of an annual R30-billion — almost nothing has been done.

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Zimbabwe: Pathologists Shortage Stalls Murder Cases

[The Herald] Zimbabwe has been hard hit by an acute shortage of forensic pathologists, a development that has stalled investigations in a number of serious murder, robbery and other related cases that require post-mortem and other special forensic reports.

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Zimbabwe: 90% of Wines Sold in the Country Uncertified, Says Wine Maker

[New Zimbabwe] Renowned wine maker Joseph Tongai Dhafana has warned Zimbabwean wine drinkers could be imbibing some toxic imported stuff which has been allowed to cross into the country without the necessary certification by relevant authorities in countries they will be originating from.

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West Africa: Our Lives in Niger Republic – Nigerians Fleeing Bandits

[Daily Trust] Many locals from some villages in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State that were attacked by bandits had to flee the country to neighbouring Niger Republic to escape further attacks. Hundreds were noted to have been displaced by last month’s bandit attacks on some villages of Sabon Birni, while several others took refuge at Gatawa Town of Sokoto and others decided to make a gateway from their homeland to Niger Republic.

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King Abdullah of Jordan fears that old allies are ditching him

“WE ARE ALL King Abdullah.” So said the official campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne in Jordan. But the turnout on February 7th suggested that few agreed with the sentiment. Even trays heaped with mansaf, lamb stewed in yogurt, could not rouse large crowds

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