CON­TI­NEN­TAL DRIFT

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Ebola out­break in Congo

Seven­teen peo­ple have been re­ported dead in a new Ebola out­break in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo. It oc­curred in the north­west­ern part of the coun­try. The health min­istry, sup­ported by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders, has despatched emer­gency teams to con­tain the situation. The Congo has ex­pe­ri­ence in keep­ing Ebola un­der con­trol: the last out­break, in 2017, killed eight peo­ple be­fore it was con­tained.

To in­fin­ity and be­yond

Kenya is head­ing to space this week, plan­ning to make his­tory by de­ploy­ing its first lo­cally made satel­lite. The nano-satel­lite was de­vel­oped by stu­dents and re­searchers of the Univer­sity of Nairobi, in partnership with the Ja­panese Space Agency. A Kenyan delegation, led by Kenya’s ed­u­ca­tion Cabi­net sec­re­tary Amina Mo­hamed, will wit­ness the event from Ja­pan.

A caged bird sings

So­mali poet Naima Qo­rane, who was ar­rested in Jan­uary for al­legedly advocating So­mali unity, has been re­leased af­ter be­ing par­doned by So­ma­liland’s Pres­i­dent Muse

Bihi Abdi. In April, a court in the self-de­clared repub­lic sen­tenced Qo­rane to three years in jail for “anti-na­tional” ac­tiv­i­ties. She was re­leased with­out con­di­tions af­ter her fam­ily ap­pealed to the pres­i­dent for a par­don.

Learn­ing to dress

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