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  • Arms dealer and Niger
  • Extreme poverty rises
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  • US-Kenya negotiations
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How a Notorious Arms Dealer Hijacked Niger’s Budget and Bought Arms From Russia – OCCRP

A Nigerien security agent participates in a simulated raid on a militant camp during U.S. sponsored exercises in Ouallam, Niger, in April 2018. Credit: Aaron Ross/Reuters

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The Guardian

Burna Boy: ‘Brothers in the US have been stripped of their knowledge of self’

The Nigerian pop star on Black Lives Matter, how British fans find it easier to tune into his wavelength – and why everyone’s got it wrong about Muammar Gaddafi

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Institut Pasteur

Malaria: Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa

Resistance to artemisinin, the main component of the current antimalarial treatments recommended by WHO, is already widespread in South-East Asia, but it had not previously been described in Africa. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program in Rwanda (Rwanda Biomedical Center), the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochin Hospital and Columbia University (New York, USA), recently detected the emergence and spread of malaria parasites capable of resisting artemisinin derivatives for the first time in Rwanda. The results of the research were published on August 3, 2020 in Nature Medicine.

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Vanguard Nigeria

Insecurity: Protests in Abuja, Lagos, Ondo, Osogbo

One year after the #RevolutionNow protests, there were series of protests in many cities of Nigeria, yesterday, leading to clashes between demonstrators and security agents.

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Associated Press

Extreme poverty rises; a generation sees a future slip away

As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. And in them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed.

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The Conversation

Africa’s research ecosystem needs a culture of mentoring

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a range of development challenges, including high population growth, poverty, food insecurity, and poor health. There is a clear need for qualified and skilled researchers to tackle these issues. But there is also a scarcity. For instance, Sub-Saharan Africa contributes less than 1% to global research output despite accounting for 13.5% of the global population.

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The Nation (Nigeria)

Drew Uyi: My plans to change football narrative in Nigeria

Birmingham born Nigerian FA licensed football agent Drew Uyi highlights his dream and plan to change the narrative of underpaid African players abroad, while, tracing his branding initiative and skill to Benin City-Nigeria. He speaks with TAIWO ALIMI.

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Deutsche Welle

Digitization Without Monetization – African News Media Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Ntibinyane Ntibinyane says that African local news outlets need innovation — and money. The founder of the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism highlights that journalism in Africa is facing increasing threats.

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Brookings Institution

The U.S. and Kenya Launch Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement. Will They Succeed?

Washington, DC — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration and Kenyan government launched trade negotiations in early July. Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, which were held virtually, the trade agreement could be the most significant development in U.S-Africa trade relations since the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) passed Congress in 2000. Indeed, according to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S.-Kenya agreement will become a model for future trade agreements with other African countries.

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New York Times

Kenya’s Unusual Solution to the School Problem: Cancel the Year and Start Over

NAIROBI, Kenya — For Esther Adhiambo, this year was supposed to be a year of endings and new beginnings. She was expecting to complete high school, enroll in a university and get a job to help her single mother, who runs a small tailoring business in Nairobi’s Mathare slum.

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