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G20 and Africa: Mixed expectations

Sidi Tiemoko Toure has clear expectations concerning the G20 Africa Partnership Conference to be held next week in Berlin. "I will ask them to help us deal with the issue of youth unemployment," the youth minister of Ivory Coast said in an…
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Alcohol intake during pregnancy deforms babies

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can subtly influence the way a baby’s face is formed, researchers have found. The finding includes even drinking at low levels such as the occasional drink. Using a 3D facial analysis, features observed…
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Plastic bag bans in Africa: reality or fantasy?

Plastic bags are used daily across Africa - the bans are hoped to tackle the pervasive problem of waste. In both Tunisia and Kenya, the ban applies to vendors, companies and producers of plastic bags. Kenya has vowed to be successful in…
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Germany’s contribution to the African economy

For Sylvie Nantcha it is vital that she sends money to her mother in Cameroon every month. "In our country there is no social welfare and no medical insurance”, she told DW. Nantcha has been living in Germany for 24 years, but the…
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Nigeria to launch Africa’s 1st nanosatellite

Nigeria is to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite (an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2–22 lb)  into the orbit, the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Prof Seidu…
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Ex-Indian minister, 82, passes exam in jail

A former Indian minister, who is serving a 10-year jail term for corruption, has passed a school final examination at the age of 82, his son said Wednesday. Prakash Chautala, a four-time chief minister of the northern state of Haryana, took…
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17 mummies found in Egypt’s desert

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 17 mummies in desert catacombs in Minya province, the antiquities ministry announced Saturday. The mummies, yet to be dated, were the largest to be found in the area south of Cairo and may be a boost…
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