Angola vows to force return of Isabel dos Santos by ‘all possible means’

Pledge comes as former rulers daughter denounces Luanda Leaks investigation The Angolan government has vowed to use all possible means to force the return of Isabel dos Santos following the Luanda Leaks investigation into how the ex-presidents daughter accrued her $2bn fortune. Angolas prosecutor general, Hlder Pitra Grs, said on Angolan public radio on Monday that the country would use all possible means and activate international mechanisms to bring Dos Santos back to the country. Dos Santos left Angola in …

‘If the climate stays like this, we won’t make it’ say those on the frontline of Africa’s drought

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (CNN)Torrents of water once thundered over the precipice at Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, shrouding the area in mist. As delegates desperately search for a practical plan for cutting emissions at the COP25 meetings in Madrid, Spain, this week, this region is a stark reminder that the climate crisis is here and now — and that countries that did the least to cause the climate crisis are already being hit the hardest. One …

How the race for cobalt risks turning it from miracle metal to deadly chemical

As a case in the US alleges links between tech companies and child miners in Congo, the Guardians global environment editor assesses the dangers of element in high demand for batteries If the prophets of technology are to be believed, the best hope for solving the climate crisis is ever more possible link to cancer. As with any chemical, the risks depend on the amount and duration of exposure. Cobalt is a metal that occurs naturally in rocks, water, plants, …

The student creating African emojis to change the story of Africa from poverty to beauty

(CNN)When Ivorian artist O’Plerou Denis Grebet was looking for free stock images of Africa for a project, he only came across negative images of disease and poverty. Learning to create emojis Grebet learned to make emojis by watching a YouTube tutorial in September 2017. “It was not really hard because I know how to draw with my hand, so, it’s like I just transposed the skills to the computer,” he said. He translated the techniques to document everyday African lifestyle. …

Sierra Leone government must allow pregnant girls to attend school, court rules

(CNN)A regional West Africa court ordered the Sierra Leone government to lift a policy barring pregnant students from attending school. “A girl cannot get pregnant on her own in the first instance. Also, many of these girls come from poor families, and once they lose a year, they will not return to school,”Judy Gitau from Equality Now told CNN. Amnesty International described the judgment as a “landmark moment” for thousands of girls who were denied inclusive education because of the …

Measles has claimed more than twice as many lives as Ebola in DRC

(CNN)The measles epidemic ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than twice as many people since the beginning of the year as the country’s ongoing Ebola outbreak, the United Nations has warned, calling for a strong response. CNN travels to the epicenter of new Ebola outbreak UNICEF said the agency and partner organizations have distributed more than 1,300 measles kits containing antibiotics, rehydration salts and other medicines to the worst-affected areas but stressed the need for a comprehensive …