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Reffell and North named in squad for Wales’s summer tour of South Africa

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The uncapped Leicester flanker Tommy Reffell has been named in the Wales squad for this summer’s South Africa tour for which George North has been recalled after 14 months out of Test match action because of a serious...

Hunger crisis grips Horn of Africa – but 80% of Britons unaware, poll shows

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The UK government has been urged to give the hunger crisis gripping the Horn of Africa “proper attention”, as new polling showed just two in 10 people in Britain are aware that the worst drought in 40 years is even ta...

What might rising Covid cases in South Africa mean for the UK?

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Covid cases are rising in South Africa. But how serious is this and what might it mean for the UK? The country is seeing a wave of Covid infections linked to two new forms, or “sub-lineages”, of Omicron: BA.4 and BA.5...

South Africa may be entering fifth Covid wave earlier than expected

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South Africa may be entering a fifth Covid wave earlier than expected after a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days that seems to be driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants, health officials and ...

World weatherwatch: floods in South Africa, landslides in India and snowstorms in US

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South Africa has been hit by unprecedented rain, the heaviest in 60 years, with at least 448 people killed in the city of Durban and the surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province. Nearly 4,000 homes and 500 schools have been...

‘A life worth living’: bereaved mother and daughter set off on year-long drive across Africa

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Each journey of bereavement is different, and few young, widowed mothers might pack their life into a Land Rover Defender and set off with a young daughter to drive through Africa for a year. Six years after her husba...

After the relentless rain, South Africa sounds the alarm on the climate crisis

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Survivors of South Africa’s devastating floods have described “sheet upon sheet of relentless rain” that washed away entire houses, bridges and roads, killing about 450 people and making thousands homeless. The storm,...

South Africa flooding death toll nears 400 as rescuers search for missing

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South African police, army and volunteer rescuers have widened the search for dozens still missing five days after the deadliest storm to strike the city of Durban in living memory as the death toll rose to nearly 400...

‘I will die here, I can’t go back to Africa’: migrants respond to Rwanda removal

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Small boat arrivals on the Kent coast have expressed fears that they will be removed from the UK and transferred to Rwanda, after hearing the government’s announcement that asylum claims will be processed offshore. “I...

South Africa braces for more heavy rain after floods kill hundreds

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South Africa is bracing for more heavy rain in districts hit by massive and lethal downpours earlier this week. More than 300 people have died in flooding in and around the eastern coastal city of Durban in recent day...

South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 250 people

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Devastating floods have killed 259 people in the South African city of Durban and surrounding areas, a senior government official said on Wednesday, after hillsides were washed away, homes collapsed and more people we...

‘Africa must be self-sufficient’: John Nkengasong on learning the deadly lessons of pandemics

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The past five years have been “like going from one fire to the next, with barely any time to catch your breath”, says John Nkengasong, the outgoing head of the body charged with responding to health emergencies in Afr...

Better use of groundwater could transform Africa, research says

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Groundwater resources in sub-Saharan Africa are enough to transform agriculture in the region and provide people with adequate safe water for their drinking and hygiene needs, if the resource can be better managed, re...

Tropical Cyclone Gombe hits countries in south-east Africa

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Tropical Cyclone Gombe affected parts of Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi last week, bringing damaging winds and torrential rainfall. Gombe made landfall in the Nampula province of northern Mozambique on Friday as a ...

England face Women’s World Cup exit after South Africa inflict third defeat

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A tweet from the injured South African captain, Dane van Niekerk, summed up her side’s World Cup outing against England: “The wife’s tail is up.” She was referring to a fiery Marizanne Kapp, who bagged her first five-...

South Africa grants permits to hunt 10 critically endangered black rhino

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The South African government has granted annual hunting and export permits for big game including 10 critically endangered black rhinoceros and a similar number of leopards. It also gave permission for more than 100 e...

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