Top Africa stories: Anthrax outbreak kills 100 impala in Zim, Gabon’s ailing leader

Anthrax outbreak in Zimbabwe's 'Painted Wolves' park kills 100 impala: wildlife official

Nearly 100 impala have died of suspected anthrax in Zimbabwe’s tourist-loved Mana Pools National Park, home to the wild dogs made famous in the recent BBC documentary series, Dynasties.

Zimbabwe state wildlife authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the outbreak on Tuesday.

Anthrax can be fatal to humans though there are no reports of any human infections in this outbreak. Vets sent to the area have managed to bring the disease under control, Farawo told News24.

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Madagascar presidential hopeful Ravalomanana 'sure' of win

Madagascar presidential hopeful Marc Ravalomanana has said he is confident of closing the gap for a second round victory over his rival who narrowly beat him in the first leg of presidential polls.

Andry Rajoelina got 39.23% of votes and Ravalomanana 35.35% in last month's poll, according to final results, setting up the pair for a close contest in the December 19 run-off to lead the Indian Ocean island nation.

"The difference between me and the first placed candidate was just 3 or 5%," Ravalomanana told AFP at his palatial home on Monday in the capital Antananarivo.

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Rwandan opposition leader defiant as prison term possible

The Rwandan opposition leader who awaits judgment on charges of inciting insurrection and forgery after challenging the longtime president in last year's election says no amount of pressure will silence her.

Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of her court appearance on Thursday, Diane Rwigara remained defiant as she faces 22 years in prison if convicted.

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WATCH: Gabon's ailing leader meets, reassures officials on health

Gabon's government has broadcast new images of its ailing head of state, President Ali Bongo, in his second public appearance since his hospitalisation in Saudi Arabia in October and transfer to Morocco last week for convalescence.

The broadcast late Tuesday shows the 59-year-old, seated in profile, receiving a Gabonese delegation.

Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet spoke upon his return, saying Bongo is conscious and sees and speaks well. He said leaders were reassured by the visit.

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Uganda vaccinates health workers against Ebola, fearing DRC spread

Uganda has vaccinated thousands of health workers against Ebola to counter the spread of the deadly virus from its neighbour Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministers of both countries said on Wednesday.

A growing outbreak of Ebola in the Beni region of eastern DRC, just 50km from the Ugandan border, has claimed some 268 lives among a total of 453 cases, according to figures released Tuesday from the DRC health ministry.

Uganda, which last month announced the plan to roll out the vaccinations for frontline health workers over fears the virus could spread, said on Wednesday that it had already given the precautionary treatment to 3 000 people "because we are worried".

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