Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo

Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo

Image copyright UNDP Tanzania Image caption Awa Dabo (L) pictured with Tanzanian President John Magufuli (R) Tanzania has expelled the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. It blamed Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, for the “deteriorating performance” of her office, driven by […]

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Image copyright John Hawks Image caption Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo A primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests. The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species Homo naledi were […]

Row over Egyptian woman weight loss

Row over Egyptian woman weight loss

Image copyright Saifee hospital The sister of Eman Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman thought to have been the world’s heaviest, has accused doctors of lying about her weight loss after surgery in India. She underwent surgery in Mumbai’s Saifee hospital, and last week doctors said she had lost 250kg (550lbs). But her sister said […]

Uganda inspires cheap malaria tool

Uganda inspires cheap malaria tool

Image copyright Ted Image caption Manu Prakash took to the Ted stage to talk about frugal science Manu Prakash, a bio-engineer at Stanford University, designs cheap tools that can make a big difference in the poorest parts of the world. At the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, he showed off his latest […]

Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders

Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders

Image copyright AFP Image caption Henri van Breda pleaded “not guilty” A man accused of killing his parents and older brother in a frenzied axe attack in Stellenbosh in South Africa has pleaded not guilty to murder. Henri van Breda, 21, is also charged with the attempted murder of his sister who survived with severe […]

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize

Image copyright Goldman Environmental Prize Image caption Ranger Rodrigue Katembo has been kidnapped and attacked and has suffered mock executions while protecting the Virunga National Park in the DRC An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching has been given a prestigious award. The Goldman prize […]

First malaria vaccine to be trialled

First malaria vaccine to be trialled

Image copyright D Poland/PATH Image caption The vaccine has been tested extensively in more than 15,000 children The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito […]

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Image copyright AFP Image caption A luxury safari lodge owned by Ms Gallmann was burned down last month Renowned Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann has been shot and injured in an ambush at her conservation park in central Kenya. The author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa was airlifted to hospital for treatment. Ms […]

France votes for new president amid high security

France votes for new president amid high security

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed across the country Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president, amid high security following a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed […]

Kenya election: Kenyatta blames primaries chaos on turnout

Kenya election: Kenyatta blames primaries chaos on turnout

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption “Let us avoid pointing fingers,” said Mr Kenyatta Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has blamed huge voter turnout for the chaos at his party’s primaries on Friday, which led to them being cancelled. In many areas across the country, there were delays, with some skirmishes also reported as contestants accused their […]