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Kenyan star runner Eliud Kipchoge says 2020 Olympics postponement is ‘shocking but noble’

Olympic superstar Eliud Kipchoge was looking forward to competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But the postponement makes sense to him. "We live in a world of uncertainties," he...

Musicians in East Africa rush to produce ‘corona’ songs — even as the industry falters

As COVID-19 sweeps through Africa, musicians have taken a hit with canceled concerts, festivals, tours and interrupted studio time. Yet, they have risen to the challenge by composing catchy tunes.

‘Linguistics is in everything’ from astronomy to everyday life, says this linguist from Trinidad & Tobago

"Trinbagonians are connected through a shared linguocultural history and present — we don’t have to constantly define or explain or substitute our words in our conversations."

A cancer treating yew tree is critically endangered in Nepal

The Taxus mairei plant is regarded as critically endangered in Nepal. Nepal needs concrete steps to conserve these trees and to introduce a sustainable system for collecting the leaves.

France24 headline about COVID-19 in Africa irks netizens as racist

Having just a few COVID-19 cases in Africa has puzzled some experts, according to France24. Many netizens felt this news framing relied on stereotypical images of Africa as disease-prone.

Battered by criticism, Abe government scrambles to save Japan from COVID-19

"Just cancel it!" (#中止だ中止), a line from the 1988 animated film Akira about the cancellation of the fictional Olympics, accompanied by a screenshot of the movie, trended on Japan Twitter.

Argentine NGO documenting human rights violations nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

"Every recovered bone and identified remain is a triumph of truth and justice that is essential to nourish the memories people carry with them throughout the rest of their lives."

Peruvian engineer awarded international prize with cookies that fight anemia

Consisting of three basic ingredients, cookies created by Peruvian engineer Julio Garay fight anemia, a health condition affecting almost half of Peruvian children.

For the first time, clouded leopards have been found high up in Nepal's Himalayas. But can they survive climate change?

Clouded leopards, one of the most elusive cats, were found for the first time at an altitude of 3498 meters (11476 feet) above sea level in the Langtang National Park...

Malawi opens the first drone academy in Africa

The African Drone and Data Academy officially opened this month in Malawi — the first of its kind in Africa.

Smoke from Australia's fires reached South America

The smoke of Australia's megafires traveled 12,000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

Is the Caribbean apocalypse-proof?

Two researchers — who admit "their methodology probably isn't perfect" — suggest island nations are the best places to be in an apocalypse. But will the Global South be welcoming?

Trinidad and Tobago continues to face HIV stigma and lack of sex education

Drugs that can prevent HIV are available, but Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health won't make it available because he thinks it will promote promiscuity.

Astrophysicists in Ethiopia hop on ‘astrobus’ tour of cosmic possibilities

A team of 24 astrophysicists, scientists, artists, and innovators will hop on "Astrobus Ethiopia" and tour eight cities in northern Ethiopia to teach hands-on workshops in science and the arts.

Teenage girls want to help victims of domestic violence in Albania with new app

The app connects survivors of domestic violence to important resources, including shelters, police, and support groups.

Amidst denial, Pakistan's smog issues pose serious health risks to the city of Lahore

Many Pakistanis are wondering when the Pakistan government will realize the magnitude of the degradation of air quality in Pakistani megacities and take steps for a solution.

Five years after an HIV outbreak in a Cambodian commune, villagers feel forgotten

"When the outbreak of this disease happened, there was an increase in both national and international aid for them. But later on, it seems quiet."

Mass tree-planting in Ethiopia broke world records, but its impact will take time

Mass tree-planting projects are exciting, but the solution is never as simple as it seems. Send a Cow encourages smallholder farmers to plant multi-purpose trees in harmony with the environment.

An effect of rising deforestation in Brazil, Amazon fires turn into a global crisis

Besides Jair Bolsonaro's policies, experts point to deforestation, seasonal burnings, lack of funding and inspection as the main causes to a record-breaking year in number of wild fires.

From Nigeria to Zanzibar, Africa quietly played a critical role in US moon landing 

To this day, few people know about Project Mercury space stations in Nigeria and Zanzibar, part of a groundbreaking global communications network that helped pave the way for Apollo 11.

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