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Climate change: Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN

Climate change: Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN

Science
Getty ImagesBy Patrick HughesBBC News Climate and Science Glaciers across the globe - including the last ones in Africa - will be unavoidably lost by 2050 due to climate change, the UN says in a report.Glaciers in a third of UN World Heritage sites will melt within three decades, a UNESCO report found.Mount Kilimanjaro's last glaciers will vanish as will glaciers in the Alps and Yosemite National Park in the US.They will melt regardless of the world's actions to combat climate change, the authors say.Vanishing glaciers threaten Europe's water supplyIce and sled-dogs disappear as Greenland warms upWorld's glaciers melting at a faster paceThe report, which makes projections based on satellite data, comes as world leaders prepare to meet in Egypt for next week's COP27 climate change conferenc...
Meet the former pop star risking his life to challenge one of Africa’s longest serving presidents

Meet the former pop star risking his life to challenge one of Africa’s longest serving presidents

World
In Uganda, running for the presidency can be a dangerous business - especially for pop star turned politician Bobi Wine.The 38-year-old, who is the leading opposition in the country's upcoming presidential election, has told Sky News he has been targeted with bullets and tear gas and "miraculously" survived several attacks in the run-up to the vote. Image: Uganda's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986 "It's not out of fashion to put on a bullet-proof jacket and a ballistic helmet," he said. "It was an effort to secure my life some more. That is after I survived gun attacks more than once, more than twice, I was targeted. My car was riddled with bullets, flattening old tyres. And at one occasion, the milita...
Digitizing financial services key to Africa’s post-pandemic growth, experts say

Digitizing financial services key to Africa’s post-pandemic growth, experts say

World
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights Africa's need to digitize, especially in the financial services sector, to protect the continent's primarily cash-based societies from the spread of the disease, leaders from public and private African institutions said Thursday. Speaking at an event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, these leaders said a robust and inclusive African financial services sector also will help prepare the world's second-most populous continent to leapfrog into the post-pandemic era. "It's clear that the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we work, changing the way we do business [and] changing the way we live," said Tim Kelly, the World Bank's lead information and communications technology policy specialist. Kelly, who is based in Kenya, sai...
Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans

Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans

World
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000, while Nigeria on Saturday announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent's most populous country. Rwanda said all unnecessary movements outside the home are banned for two weeks as of midnight except for essential services such as health care and shopping. The East African nation, which has 17 cases, told all public and private employees to work from home. Tunisia earlier imposed a lockdown as well. Meanwhile, two African heads of state appeared to defy their own travel restrictions to attend another president’s inauguration. Uganda, Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected. Congo and Ghan...
The Latest: Africa’s Rwanda, Mauritania confirms 1st cases

The Latest: Africa’s Rwanda, Mauritania confirms 1st cases

Health
The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic: The African nations of Rwanda and Mauritania have recorded their first cases of the coronavirus. Rwanda's health ministry says an Indian citizen has tested positive. The central African nation's health ministry said in a statement Saturday that the man showed no symptoms when he arrived in Rwanda from the Indian city of Mumbai on March 8. It said that on March 13 the man checked himself into a health facility where he was immediately tested and is now in stable condition. The West African nation of Mauritania confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in a foreigner who entered the country on March 9 from Europe. Minister of Health Mohamed Nazir Ould Hamid said late Friday night that the patient “was immediately removed and all medical meas...