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The sci-fi technology tackling malarial mosquitos

The way gene drives work sounds like something from a science fiction novel, but they are already being used in laboratory tests. It is complicated stuff, but here is a simple explanation. While standard GM introduces a new, lab-tweaked gene into a organism, gene drive technology goes one stage further. …

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Promoting peace, security in West Africa

The West Africa region is a focal point of old and new forms of armed conflict and this includes violent extremism, organised crime, piracy, unrest due to social inequality, land use conflicts and election-related violence. In three years, the region has suffered more than 5,300 attacks which have been blamed …

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North Korea fighting COVID-19 with tea and salt water

North Korea is grappling with the spread of Covid in an unvaccinated population, without access to effective anti-viral drugs. In early 2020, the country sealed its borders to try to insulate itself from the pandemic. Its leadership has so far rejected outside medical support. And state media has recommended traditional …

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Togo opens land border with Ghana

Togo on Monday night opened its land border with Ghana, coming more than 50 days after Ghana reopened its land borders to neighbouring countries. When Graphic Online’s Volta Regional correspondent Alberto Mario Noretti visited the border post in Lome at about 8:30 am Tuesday [May 17, 2022] the metal gates which were closed between …

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Nigeria: Christian student accused of blasphemy killed by mob

A college in the northwestern Nigerian state of Sokoto has been indefinitely shut after a female student in the school was killed over alleged blasphemy. The yet-to-be-identified student was accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, which led to a mobbing that resulted in her death on Thursday, according to reports …

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Pastor charges $700 fee to ‘take people to heaven’

An evangelist is in trouble after telling people he knows of a gate leading to heaven from southwestern Nigeria that he can show them – for a fee. Pastor Ade Abraham was reported to police by one of his followers, who said the pastor had charged him 310,000 naira ($750; …

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Foreign investors’ holdings of cedi bonds down for 5 straight months

For a straight five-month period, foreign investors’ holdings of cedi denominated bonds continued a decline: reaching GH¢28.65billion at the end of 2022 first-quarter since it peaked in August 2021 at GH¢34.04billion, as market volatility persisted. During the period, investor sentiments led to a sell-off largely driven by various downgrades by …

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Mali nonuplets in perfect health on first birthday – father

The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – are “in perfect health” as they celebrate their first birthday, their father has told the BBC. “They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something,” said Abdelkader Arby, …

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