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28 Apr 2017 description

Armyworm spread has undermined hopes for a better harvest this year, with swathes of southern, eastern and western Africa infested

By Umberto Bacchi

ROME, April 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The fall armyworm - which decimates fields as it marches ever forward - has spread to Angola as the caterpillar eats its way through southern Africa, a U.N. agency said.

31 Jan 2017 description

"This is concerning and may indicate that there's a bigger story beginning to emerge in Africa"

By Sally Hayden

LONDON, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A drug widely used to cure malaria has failed for the first time in patients being treated in Britain, raising questions over whether the parasite is becoming resistant to drugs, researchers said on Tuesday.

12 Nov 2016 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 11 November 2016 10:54 GMT

Three fifths of the 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year lived in just 10 countries

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sixty percent of the world's 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, said a study published on Friday, prompting calls for action to reduce the mortality.