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Africa’s swarming threat

International | Responders seek solutions to a worsening locust outbreak
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/10/20, 02:54 pm

In the county of Turkana in northwestern Kenya, one of the worst-hit areas in Africa’s locust outbreak, people serve as scouts using an app called e-Locust to report sightings of the pests in real time. They upload photos and videos with information about the location and size of locusts to a shared database. Another team uses the information to deploy pesticides to the area to prevent the insects from forming a moving swarm.

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Stabbing leaves three dead in the U.K.

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/22/20, 04:48 am

A 25-year-old suspect stabbed people sitting in a park in Reading, England, on Saturday evening. Among the dead was a 36-year-old secondary school teacher named James Furlong and an American identified by the Philadelphia Inquirer as Joe Ritchie-Bennett. Three others sustained injuries in the terror attack that lasted about five minutes. Britain’s national news agency identified the suspect, who is in custody, as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan refugee living in Reading.

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Burundi’s unexpected upheaval

International | The president’s death could disrupt a crucial political transition
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/12/20, 01:28 pm

Burundian flags flew at half-staff on Wednesday to mourn the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza just weeks before he would have overseen the country’s first democratic transfer of power. At the presidential palace, senior government officials and foreign ambassadors wearing face masks because of the coronavirus pandemic queued up to sign a condolence book.

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