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Nigeria’s Usman defeats Masvidal at ‘Fight Island’

Usman extended his winning run to 16 fights Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman retained his title with a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi. The emirate’s Yas Island had been transformed into ‘UFC Fight Island’, a closed-off region where four UFC events are set to …

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Saving one of the world’s rarest antelope

They used to be a fairly common sight on the Kenya-Somalia border, but in recent years the number of hirola, or Hunter’s antelope, has dropped to fewer than 500 in the wild. They are now listed at critical risk of extinction. Abdullahi Hussein Ali has launched a conservation programme to …

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Mali president dissolves constitutional court amid unrest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are growing calls for President Keita to resign Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt to calm unrest that saw four people killed in street protests on Friday. The president said he said would not …

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Mali government ‘open to talks’ as violent protests continue

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protests continued in the capital on Saturday The prime minister of Mali has promised to form an inclusive government “very quickly” after thousands of protesters called on the president to step down. Four people died in Friday’s protest in the capital Bamako, authorities say. Several …

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Breast cancer: Zimbabwe woman’s struggle to avoid mastectomy

Image copyright Tendayi Gwata A 44-year-old woman in Zimbabwe, Tendayi Gwata, is battling to avoid a mastectomy after her breast cancer treatment abruptly ended when the only radiotherapy machine in the capital, Harare, stopped working. Ms Gwata, a marketing consultant, had already lost all her hair during chemotherapy. Then she …

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2010 took ‘world football’s knee off Africa’s neck’

Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg was lit up by fireworks after Spain won the 2010 World Cup 2010 World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan says South Africa’s staging of the tournament effectively “took world football’s knee off Africa’s neck.” Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, was talking ahead …

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Coronavirus: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tests positive

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bachchan has been a star for five decades Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s best known film actors, has tested positive for Covid-19, he told his millions of Twitter followers. “I have tested Covid positive, shifted to hospital, hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, …

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