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Factsheet: The leading causes of death in Africa

By World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed 3,338 lives between the week of 30 December and the week of 28 September. Though the virulence and rapid spread of the Ebola virus are major causes of concern, it is important to understand the mortality figures in the broader sub-Saharan African context.

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Test of African democracy – Burkina and beyond

Washington, DC — On Thursday the former soldier who seized power in Burkina Faso 27 years ago agreed to negotiate with opponents. The announcement was a response to massive popular demonstrations against President Blaise Compaore’s intention to extend his rule for another term.

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Climate-smart agriculture: A practical or idealistic approach?

Agriculture must be tailored to current and future climate change patterns to ensure tomorrow’s food production. To meet this challenge, FAO and other organisations launched the climate-smart agriculture concept at the first Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change at The Hague in 2010. What does it involve?

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New project to curb inaccurate diagnoses of diseases

Kampala – Researchers’ quest to use a smartphone-based innovation to aid diagnoses of diseases in Africa has received a funding boost.

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Fossil fuels won’t benefit Africa in absence of sound environmental policies

Nairobi – Recent discoveries of sizeable natural gas reserves and barrels of oil in a number of African countries — including Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya — have economists hopeful that the continent can boost and diversify its largely agriculture-based economy. But environmentalists and climate change experts in favour of renewable energy say that the exploration of oil and gas must stop, as they are concerned that many African countries lack the capacity to exploit oil and gas at minimal risk to the environment.

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Is ISIS allied to or influencing African Jihadi Groups?

In August 2014, Africa’s spy chiefs met in Nairobi as part of the African Union’s Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA). They expressed deep concern about the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the likelihood that the radical outfit might influence the continent’s own jihadi groups.

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