Africa News Headlines – Democratic Transition in the Gambia

This is a compilation of recent news headlines about the democratic transition in the Republic of the Gambia and the arrival of President Adama Barrow in Banjul. Why tiny Gambia’s political transition holds outsized meaning for many Africans Source: Christian Science Monitor Gambia finally welcomes its first new president in two decades Source: Quartz ‘New’ …

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African people live longer but lifestyle diseases on rise

Charles Wiysonge, Stellenbosch University Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list looked different. Then the leading killer diseases were also diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria, but tuberculosis and measles were up …

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Africa’s border disputes are set to rise – but there are ways to stop them

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. African national borders are afflicted by a multitude of troubles that …

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Why it’s not business as usual for leaders south of the Sahara

David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University The violent and chaotic events in Burundi have once again brought into sharp focus the perennial problem of leadership change in sub-Saharan Africa. Triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term of office, they follow the familiar narrative of political leaders’ unwillingness to unclench their grip off the leavers …

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Africa News Headlines for 9 March 2015

AFRICOM’s Flintlock Develops Tactics to Take On Boko Haram Threat Source: Military.com Possible IS-Boko Haram alliance unsettles Nigerians Source: Deutsche Welle Why the west loves a kleptocrat Source: Financial Times Court warns Gabon Telecom striking workers Source: Biztech Africa West Africa buoyed by Ivorian gas discovery Source: UPI Transition To A Green Economy In Africa …

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