Political geography

ZIMBABWE: Typhoid and cholera return

HARARE 27 July 2012 (IRIN) - More than 100 people in the Zimbabwean capital Harare and Chitungwiza, a dormitory town 35km southeast of the city, have contracted typhoid this month, and the dilapidated water and sanitation systems are again being blamed for another round of water-borne diseases.

MALI: Negotiating humanitarian access in the north

DAKAR 01 May 2012 (IRIN) - Aid agencies in northern Mali are debating how or whether they should negotiate with newly installed rebel groups such as the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and Ansar Dine, which is affiliated to Al Qaeda, to reach people in need.

NIGER: In deep water

JOHANNESBURG 30 May 2012 (IRIN) - Right now, people in Niger, Mali and Nigeria could be sipping 50,000-year-old water from a two-aquifer system buried below their feet. But some of it may be contaminated.

Giant solar plane lands in Rabat

 Solar ImpulseOriginally Published by BBC - A giant solar-powered plane lands in Morocco's capital Rabat after flying from Spain, completing the second leg of its pioneering journey.

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