Africa News Headlines for 16 January 2016

A selection of news headlines about Africa south of the Sahara published over the past 24 hours. India scouts for oil and gas assets in Africa on crude price fall Source: Economic Times Gabon’s Ping Chosen As Main Opposition Candidate For 2016 Polls Source: Leadership SPLM-IO leadership recalls back to Pagak senior members of advance …

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Can we treat Ebola with plasma? The results are in

Peter Horby, University of Oxford and Catrin Moore, University of Oxford During the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight patients with Ebola were given blood transfusions from people who had recently recovered from Ebola. Seven of them survived. The blood of people who have recently recovered from an infection contains …

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Exclusive: Interview with Committee to Protect Journalists’ Sue Valentine

In a news release dated January 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) judged 2015 to be the “fourth most deadly year on record for journalists.” It said that 71 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with 42 percent of them (30 individuals) murdered by the so-called Islamic State. According to the news …

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Shortened drug-resistant TB treatment trial raises hope

By Linda Nordling [CAPE TOWN] A clinical trial in Francophone Africa has raised hope that a drastically shortened treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) could cut costs and reduce suffering on the continent. Interim results from the radical nine-month treatment course showed an 80.9 per cent cure rate among patients with MDR-TB in nine African …

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Why dependence on natural resources is bad for the DRC

Yvan Yenda Ilunga, Rutgers University Many African countries have in recent years shown phenomenal economic growth. But recent developments on global markets – including the drop in prices of commodities such as oil, copper, and cobalt – have raised questions about the sustainability of Africa’s economic growth. The instability of global market has lowered investors’ …

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