Nigeria:432 Nigerians Die of Tuberculosis Daily – WHO

[Vanguard] No less than 18 Nigerians die of tuberculosis, TB, every hour totalling 432 deaths daily, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, which ranks Nigeria as having the 2nd highest incidence rate in Africa and 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries in the world.

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South Africa:As Global Headwinds Batter BRICS Countries, Can It Stay the Course?

[The Conversation Africa] The priorities and themes of the 10th BRICS Summit, ranging from peacekeeping to collaboration around the 4th Industrial Revolution, provide a number of issues that summit leaders say they want to pursue.

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Africa:New Clash in the AU Over Western Sahara

[ISS] Just six months on the job, African Union (AU) Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has to handle a diplomatic crisis that is causing a rift in the organisation. He must solve the conundrum around the participation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) of Western Sahara in the 5th AU-European Union (EU) Summit at the end of next month.

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Southern Africa: Region Intervenes, Sends ‘Contingent Force’ to Maseru

[SAnews.gov.za] The SADC Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government has approved the deployment of a contingent force comprising of military, security, intelligence and civilian personnel who are expected to support the government of Lesotho.

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Africa: Monsieur Hollande Goes to Africa

[Atlantic Council] French President Fran├žois Hollande went to Bamako, Mali, last week for the twenty-seventh Africa-France Summit, his last scheduled visit to Africa before he leaves office in May, having been forced to give up any hope of a second term by the most abysmal approval ratings of any head of state in this history of the Fifth Republic.

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