West Africa:Want to Know When Ebola Will Strike Next? Look to the Forest

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Ebola outbreaks tend to occur two years after trees have been cut down or forests cleared in West and Central Africa, researchers said on Monday, suggesting that deforestation data could be used to predict outbreaks of the deadly disease.

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Kenya:Ruling Jubilee, Nasa Plot for Election Storm

[Nation] The ruling Jubilee Party has employed a broad spectrum of strategies to legitimise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the elections scheduled for October 26 after his main challenger Raila Odinga withdrew from the race citing an uneven playing field.

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Africa: Africa Leads the Way in Election Technology, but There’s a Long Way to Go

[Democracy Works] Kenya’s recently annulled elections will soon be re-run, but the long-term questions they raised about election management are still unanswered. The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity – problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the whole continent.

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Liberia: ‘I Am… That Generational Change’ – Presidential Candidate

[Observer] The political leader of the opposition Liberia Restoration Party (LRP), Macdella Cooper, says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent statement on generational change is a clear endorsement of her presidency as the next person to succeed her.

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