Francois Ausseill

The battle to bring antivenoms to Africa

A shortage of snake antivenom in Africa is a "shameful failure"

Kenya police scour rubble as hotel attack toll jumps to 21

The police chief revised the death toll to 21 from 14, saying the victims included 16 Kenyans, one American, one Briton and three of African descent

Five questions about the Somalia bomb

A massive truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday killed at least 276 people and left 300 injured.

Uganda vote set to extend Museveni’s 25-year rule

Ugandans started voting on Friday in polls widely predicted to return long-time leader Yoweri Museveni to power.

Kenya to vote on new constitution

Kenyans will vote on Wednesday on a proposed constitution that would rein in the president's powers.

Burundi president hopes God, development will win votes

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza hopes his personal brand of "grassroots development" and religious fervour will win him re-election next month.

Madagascar’s tourism industry faces ruin

Madagascar's political unrest has left the once-booming tourist industry facing ruin as tour operators turn their backs on the Indian Ocean paradise.

West presses DRC, Rwanda to avert tragedy

Thousands of civilians displaced by conflict languished on the roads of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday.

AU summit ends in shadow of conflict

African Union leaders condemned the latest unrest in Chad and Kenya on Saturday at the close of a summit overshadowed by new crises on the continent and which saw little headway achieved on older ones. The pan-African body's summit wrapped up even as military sources said that rebels had seized control of the Chadian capital.

Rape leaves lifelong scars in DRC conflict zones

Recent conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Nord-Kivu province has been accompanied by an upsurge in brutal rape and often barbaric mutilations of women and girls, medical workers report. "For the whole of Nord-Kivu we normally treat 250 rape cases each month," said Jane Coyne, mission chief for Médécins Sans Frontières.

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