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DR Congo doctors end three-week strike

The government has promised bonuses ranging from 200,000 to 640,000 Congolese francs ($100-320 / 85-270 euros) as well as promotions for a number of doctors.

Tension in Zambia ahead of tightly-fought vote

The August 12 ballot is essentially a two-horse race between longstanding adversaries -- President Edgar Lungu, 64, and Hakainde Hichilema, 59, who is making his sixth bid for the top job.

South Sudan's VP Machar deposed by party: rival leaders

Riek Machar, a pivotal figure in South Sudan's bloody road to independence and subsequent civil war, was deposed following a three-day gathering of senior SPLM/A-IO leaders in the country's far north, the party's military wing said.

China restricts overseas travel to curb Covid outbreak

China had previously boasted of its success in crushing Covid-19, with hard lockdowns in the early stages mixed with tight controls of its borders, but mass testing campaigns have uncovered Delta variant infections across the country.

Boffin Barbie: toy creator honours vaccine co-creator

Toy giant Mattel said Wednesday it hoped to 'inspire the next generation' after creating a model of its iconic Barbie doll in honour of Sarah Gilbert, co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

Namibian medallist reopens athletics 'intersex' debate

Fellow Namibian, 18-year-old Beatrice Masilingi, who finished sixth, also impressed by reaching the 200m final in her first major championships. But the presence of both women in Tuesday's race has reopened debate about track and field's complex rules regarding women born with elevated testosterone.