Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed Brings New Hope, but Faces Some Familiar, Old Problems

[The Conversation Africa] Many countries in Africa have suffered because of the gerontocratic nature of their politics, an issue I have often lamented. Some “elders”, such as Robert Mugabe, lost touch with modern statecraft and the changing conditions of life – and have been toppled.

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Africa: ‘Mosquito Birth Control’ May Be Ready in 5 Years – Scientists

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Scientists in the United States said on Tuesday they had taken a major step toward developing a “mosquito birth control” drug to curb the spread of malaria and other killer diseases blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.

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Zimbabwe:Good Times Beckon for Mining Sector

[The Herald] Zimbabwe’s mining sector is headed for exciting times with foreign investors reportedly reaching lofty heights since the new dispensation rose to power, subsequently staging peaceful and successful harmonised polls, according to Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando.

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Repression in Saudi Arabia has reached a new level

Missing: last seen at the Saudi consulate SAUDI dissidents who fled abroad to escape repression at home are looking over their shoulders. On October 2nd Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and government critic (pictured), went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to file paperwork for a new marriage. AsThe Economistwent to press on October 4th, his fiancée was still waiting for him to return.

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