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A Somali baby receives a polio vaccine in Mogadishu, Somalia, back in 2013:  Eradicating polio requires more than 90 per cent of children to be immunised. Photograph: Ben Curtis

Africa was declared free of wild polio on Tuesday, leaving Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the highl(...)

 Ivorian prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly: he   died following a cabinet meeting last week. Photograph:  EPA/Legnan Koula

Ivory Coast’s October presidential race has been thrown open by the sudden death last week of the prime minister, the chosen successor of the west Afr(...)

The owner and co-worker of the 1 Classie Africa beauty salon in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although hair salons are open, many like this one are struggling to get customers to visit them. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Africa has passed 400,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The number has increased fourfold across the continent since May 22nd, when it hit 100,000, bef(...)

Yoga teacher Siri Ajeet Dipuo Banda (left) and her family walk  outside her family house in the Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

One-third of African countries have managed to successfully contain the coronavirus, while another third have widespread community transmission, accor(...)

Students wear plastic face shields at the Nankan Junior High School in Taoyuan City, Taiwan: testing, contact tracing, travel bans, quarantines and masks in public places are Asian defence tools. Photograph: David Chang

As deadly coronavirus swept across Europe over the past three months, other parts of the world had valuable time to gather information on the new dise(...)

Covid-19 research: World Immunisation Week is a good time to recall the human health value of vaccines.

As the world struggles to get to grips with Covid-19, all eyes are on the response of scientists and biopharmaceutical companies. The urgency to deal (...)

Orthodox Christians pray outside the closed Medhane Alem Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the government warned the population to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of the  coronavirus. Photograph:  Michael Tewelde/AFP/ Getty Images)

Ethiopia has postponed August elections due to the coronavirus pandemic but Burundi says it will go ahead with a vote scheduled for May 20th. The upc(...)

Alpha Condé arrives at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  during a recent session of the Assembly of the African Heads of States. Photograph:  Michael Tewelde/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, Guinea’s citizens will vote for a new constitution which could see the country’s first democratically-elected president cement his power an(...)

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate:  ‘It was very frustrating and hurtful for me to see that photo because a million questions came into my head . . . was I not fit to be in that photo?’ Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

In northern Uganda, at a music festival last year, a witchdoctor held up a smoking pipe to the grey, stormy sky. He was being paid roughly $50 for the(...)

Former pope Benedict XVI: Was it a mistake to allow Benedict retain the title Pope Emeritus and continue to wear the white cassock peculiar to popes?  Photograph: Getty Images

And lo, it has come to pass! Former pope Benedict XVI has directly intervened in church affairs in an overt attempt to frustrate a decision his succes(...)

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