Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed.
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A delayed election could balkanise the country along ethnic lines and become the most severe political crisis in Ethiopia's modern history.
Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi is arrested during a protest in Nairobi in 2014.
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Non-traditional storytellers are challenging customary journalistic practices by giving ordinary people a chance to control the news narrative.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli waves as he attends a ceremony marking the country’s 58th independence anniversary in 2019.
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His COVID-19 response has thrown the negative aspects of his presidency into sharp relief.
Artificial intelligence can do what humans can’t – connect the dots across the majority of coronavirus research.
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The scientific community is churning out vast quantities of research about the coronavirus pandemic – far too much for researchers to absorb. An AI system aims to do the heavy lifting for them.
Survivors of sexual and gender-based violence suffer trauma that lasts long beyond medical crises.
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During epidemics, the measures taken to protect populations and to keep health systems afloat leave women and girls vulnerable to violence.
Apps that warn about close contact with COVID-19 cases are key to relaxing social distancing rules.
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Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible for people to get alerts on their phones when they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Adding the right cryptography scheme keeps those alerts private.
Business closures and recent rain contribute to Los Angeles’ recent uptick in air quality.
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The response to COVID-19 suggests how we can leverage entrepreneurial approaches to climate change.
Leymah Gbowee, the head of Monrovia’s Women in Peacebuilding Network, stands in front of a sign calling for peaceful elections in Liberia in 2017.
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Local peacebuilders must step up to the plate with support from their counterparts in the international community.
Artisans work at their shops at Gikomba Market, Nairobi, in January 2019.
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More needs to be done to cushion low-income families from the economic effects of the new coronavirus.
A nurse (left) operates a robot used to interact remotely with coronavirus patients while a physician looks on.
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Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.
The pandemic is driving up a litany of social ills.
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America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.
Testing blood provides answers about who has been infected.
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After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.
As the pandemic moves us indoors, it's time to reconsider our understanding of 'screen time' – especially since we're relying on our devices now more than ever.
Face to face, virtually.
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Zoom's privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform's risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.
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Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
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These graphs reveal something you may have not seen illustrated before.
A four-year-old female Malayan tiger has tested positive for COVID-19, with six other tigers and lions showing symptoms. It's the first known case of a 'wild' animal catching the disease.
Empty parking lots show social distancing’s costs. It could take time to see its benefits.
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COVID-19 has a long incubation time, and testing can take days to get results. Don't let continually rising case numbers make you give up on staying at home.
Waitress Casey Stewart works at two restaurants, at least one which may have to close for at least a week or more.
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Service workers are some of the most at risk of both the coronavirus and financial woes.
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (pink dots) on a dying cell.
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The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.