Africa Weekly - a round up of news and features

Africa Weekly - a round up of news and features

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Nigeria, where the fulani herder community work across borders to supply the country's booming red meat market. And then we head to one of the most polluted areas in the world - the South African Highveld, a r...
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10,000 homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

10,000 homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka and destroyed thousands of shanties.
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HK protesters back on Harcourt Road after largest rally in weeks

HK protesters back on Harcourt Road after largest rally in weeks

After a defiant show to the city's leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, Hong Kong protesters stay on the main highway outside the government headquarters after nightfall.
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Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul kills more than 60 people

Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul kills more than 60 people

Joy and celebration turned into horror and carnage late on Saturday when a suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months.
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High-end rebrand revives Japan's 'ice farmers'

High-end rebrand revives Japan's 'ice farmers'

Japan has few remaining "ice farmers", who eschew the ease of refrigeration for open-air pools to create a product that is sold to high-end shaved ice shops in trendy Tokyo districts.
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Tens of thousands join Hong Kong march to show protest is 'peaceful'

Tens of thousands join Hong Kong march to show protest is 'peaceful'

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong democracy activists open umbrellas to shield themselves from torrential rain as they gather for a major rally to show the city's leaders their protest movement still attracts wide public support despite mounting viol...
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Sea of umbrella shows perseverance of Hong Kong protesters

Sea of umbrella shows perseverance of Hong Kong protesters

A sea of democracy activists once more flood the streets of Hong Kong in a defiant show to the city's leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
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Indonesia celebrates Independence Day with greasy pole contest

Indonesia celebrates Independence Day with greasy pole contest

Indonesians hold a greasy pole climbing competition as part of celebrations to mark the country's Independence Day. Hundreds of participants climb 174 slippery poles to collect prizes at the top.
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Gran Canaria hit by new blaze

Gran Canaria hit by new blaze

A forest fire broke out on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, just days after another blaze raged in the same area.
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Torrential rain fails to deter Hong Kong protesters from rally

Torrential rain fails to deter Hong Kong protesters from rally

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong democracy activists open umbrellas to shield themselves from torrential rain as they gather for a major rally to show the city's leaders their protest movement still attracts wide public support despite mounting viol...
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Hong Kong protesters arrive at Victoria Park for planned huge rally

Hong Kong protesters arrive at Victoria Park for planned huge rally

Hong Kong democracy activists are hoping to get out a huge crowd in a bid to show the city's leaders that their protest movement remains defiant despite increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
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Macron attends commemoration ceremony in Bormes-les-Mimosas

Macron attends commemoration ceremony in Bormes-les-Mimosas

Emmanuel Macron arrives in Bormes-les-Mimosas ahead of commemoration ceremony marking the city's 75th anniversary of the liberation.
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Sudanese celebrate as they eagerly anticipate civilian rule transition

Sudanese celebrate as they eagerly anticipate civilian rule transition

Sudanese chant slogans and celebrate the historic deal between generals and protest leaders for a transition to civilian rule after eight months of upheaval that saw the president ousted after 30 years in power.
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Hundreds participate in the 100-mile Berlin Wall Race

Hundreds participate in the 100-mile Berlin Wall Race

Participants of the 8th edition of the 100-mile Berlin Wall Race run where guard towers and barbed wire once stood. At 6:00 am (0400 GMT), around 500 individual runners from 32 countries, plus double that in relay teams, start the 8th edition of t...
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Gotta catch 'em all: Washington hosts Pokémon World Championships

Gotta catch 'em all: Washington hosts Pokémon World Championships

Pokémon -- the small, adorable creatures with special fighting abilities -- have been around for more than two decades, and they’re as popular as ever, mainly due to families sharing the legacy with each other. More than 7,500 people are expected ...
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Sudanese sign historic deal for a transition to civilian rule

Sudanese sign historic deal for a transition to civilian rule

Sudan's generals and protest leaders sign the historic deal for a transition to civilian rule that will govern the 39-month transition during a ceremony held at a hall by the Nile in the capital Khartoum.
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Veterans mark 50th anniversary of British army's N. Ireland mission

Veterans mark 50th anniversary of British army's N. Ireland mission

Veterans mark the 50th anniversary of the British army's deployment to Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Veterans Association is holding an anniversary memorial event in the city of Lisburn, southwest of Belfast, with hundreds of ex-service p...
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Adventurers start journey in reed boat to test ancient trade routes

Adventurers start journey in reed boat to test ancient trade routes

A group of experimental archeologists and volunteers embark in Bulgaria on a 700-nautical-mile journey with a reed boat to test a hypothesis that ancient Egyptians were able to trade over the high seas.
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Protesters and police stand off in Hong Kong's Mongkok district

Protesters and police stand off in Hong Kong's Mongkok district

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gather outside a police station at Hong Kong's Mongkok district while police in riot gear stand guard, after the activists kicked off a weekend of fresh rallies as concerns mount over Beijing's next move.
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At least eight killed in Ukraine hotel fire

At least eight killed in Ukraine hotel fire

At least eight people were killed and ten were injured in a hotel fire in Ukraine's port city of Odessa early Saturday, emergency services said. The fire broke out at 1.34 am (2234 GMT) in the southern city's Tokyo Star hotel. Some 65 firefighter...
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Peter Fonda fans pay tribute to the late actor in Hollywood

Peter Fonda fans pay tribute to the late actor in Hollywood

A few hours after the announcement of the death of actor Peter Fonda, his fans pay tribute to him and talk about "Easy Rider", the film that made him famous.
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Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit opens in Dar es Salaam

Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit opens in Dar es Salaam

The 39th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary summit of Heads of State and Government opens in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.
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Hong Kong protesters kick off new weekend of rallies

Hong Kong protesters kick off new weekend of rallies

Umbrellas pack the roads of Hong Kong's Hung Hom district as protesters kick off a weekend of fresh demonstrations in rain for a major test for the movement following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week -- and as concerns mount ove...
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protest in Mexico against alleged rape of two girls by police

protest in Mexico against alleged rape of two girls by police

Dozens of women gather in Mexico City to protest again the alleged raped of two girls by police officers.
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Reactions after Trump interest in buying Greenland

Reactions after Trump interest in buying Greenland

The owner of a hotel in eastern Greenland gives his reaction to reports that US President Donald Trump has suggested buying the island of Greenland, with Denmark saying it is 'not for sale.' Trump has expressed interest in the self-governing part ...
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