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SA to try Japanese drug against resistant form of TB

South Africa launched a new drug programme to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) on Friday in a bid to combat the leading cause of natural deaths in Africa's most industrialised economy.

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Somali pirates take over Somali vessel to use as mothership

Somali pirates have taken over a small Somali boat to use as a base to attack larger ships, Somali police said on Friday.

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Humanitarian agencies appeal aid for cyclone-hit Madagascar

The United Nations (UN) and humanitarian partners are appealing for $20 million to address the devastating consequences of Cyclone Enawo in Madagascar.

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Egypt's former leader walks free for first time in six years

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, walked free on Friday for the first time in six years, his lawyer said.

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Ten dead, 14 injured in central Mali ethnic clashes

About 10 people have died in violent clashes between two ethnic groups in central Mali, a security ministry source told AFP on Thursday, as tensions grow over land use and food scarcity in the region.

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Polio vaccine campaign targets Nigeria outbreak from spreading

Health workers are preparing to vaccinate more than 116 million children against polio across West and Central Africa in a drive to contain an outbreak of the disease in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria.

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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission

Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh’s government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents.

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S Sudan leadership urged to end conflict: UN

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, has stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access.

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TB to be put high on agenda

As the World observes TB Day, countries are rushing to ensure that they have strategic plans in place to curb the disease. In South Africa, the Health Ministry has asked the United Nations Heads of State to debate the issue.

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Africa needs accelerated action plan on water access

African leaders say access to safe water and adequate sanitation need a collaborative effort from all sectors for success.

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