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1Bringing Down the Divide in the Horn of Africa

Ethiopians and Eritreans have been celebrating the reopening of two key crossing points more than 20 years after a border war shut them. Hundreds of people from the two countries hugged each other and some wept as their leaders led celebrations to mark the reopening.

SOURCES: BBC

2Cholera Emergency Declared in Zimbabwe’s Capital

The Health Minister says the numbers of deaths are growing after 20 people have died from the crisis. The deaths in Harare have many fearing a repeat of the outbreak that killed thousands at the height of the southern African country’s economic problems in 2008. Water and sanitation infrastructure is collapsing.

SOURCES: VOAWashington Post

3Ghanaians Get Final Moments with Kofi Annan

The body of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will lie in state at the International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to allow fellow Ghanaians to pay their respects. The casket arrived at the city’s international airport on Monday evening from Switzerland ahead of his official burial ceremony on Thursday.

SOURCES: MyJoy OnlineDaily Nation

4A Nod to the Sporting Hero Semenya has become in South Africa

The world’s biggest sports brand has extended its feature list and included Caster Semenya, South Africa’s 800m Olympic and World Champion, in the #JustDoIt campaign. The 27-year-old recently appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge upcoming International Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules on testosterone levels in female athletes. These rules are scheduled to go into effect in November 2018 and would require Semenya to take a tablet to lower her naturally occurring testosterone levels.

SOURCES: The South AfricanQuartz Africa

5The Future of the Sahara Desert

What if the Sahara desert was turned into a giant solar and wind farm, for instance? The scientists behind the research have looked at the maximum amount of solar and wind energy that could be generated in the Sahara desert and the transition region to its south, the Sahel.

SOURCES: Quartz Africa

6Stabilising Zimbabwe’s Economy

Newly appointed finance minister Mthuli Ncube says the country is seriously considering using the rand as its official currency. Ncube, a former dean of the Wits University Business School and deputy president and chief economist of the African Development Bank, said that Zimbabwe had only three viable options to get out of the cash crunch it was facing.

SOURCES: Business Day Live

7Dealing with Africa’s Drug Problem

In an interview before he was due to present a model drug law to regional officials in Senegal, Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged authorities to channel resources into fighting large-scale trafficking, which he said was undermining regional democracy.

SOURCES: Reuters Africa

8It’s Time for Africa to Tell a New Story

The roles of traditional and social media are key players in the way the world views Africa, and possibly contributes to putting the brakes on the continent’s development.  How do the stories we disseminate shape how the rest of the world views Africa? How does it affect foreign investment? How does it influence markets and economic output? These are some of the questions we should be asking, along with how to change our one-sided approach.

SOURCES: Africa.com

9Being on Somalia’s Front Line

From refugee to storyteller, a Danish Somali filmmaker challenges stereotypes about young Somalis – one film at a time. Lost Warrior is Nasib Farah’s second documentary with Danish filmmaker Soren Steen Jespersen and tells the story of Mohammed, a young British Somali man deported from the UK to Somalia after serving a prison sentence for drug-related offences.

SOURCES: Al Jazeera

10The Last Kicks of Winter in Southern Africa

Animals more used to desert heat have been photographed enjoying the snow after a cold front brought snowfall to parts of South Africa over the weekend. Giraffes, antelope, rhinoceroses and elephants were photographed in icy conditions around South Africa, in pictures shared widely on social media.

SOURCES: The Guardian

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