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Keeping elephants at bay with chili powder and condoms

The ultimate elephant repellent has been found to be chili powder inside condoms, with the condoms placed at key locations. There's a reason for this, and it's to do with protecting elephants from poachers.

Shiny new buses challenge chaotic old ways in Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam - Sweaty passengers crammed into battered buses and stuck in traffic jams look on enviously as Tanzania's shiny new commuter buses fly by on the pristine asphalt of dedicated highway lanes.

Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble train to save lives

Morogoro - They have proven their worth in detecting landmines but Africa's giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation - saving lives by speeding up tuberculosis detection.

Chinese families of MH 370 victims protest proposed end of search

Beijing - Family members of passengers aboard ill-fated Maylasia Airlines Flight 370 demonstrated outside China's Foreign Ministry on Friday, demanding to meet officials who propose suspending the high-tech search for the jet if it is not found by year's end.

Call to ban helium balloons to save supplies

Medical reserves of helium gas have reduced to such a low level that doctors are calling for a ban on using the gas in party balloons to preserve the supply.

Huge helium gas field found in Tanzania could be a 'game changer'

A huge field of helium gas discovered in Africa could help to ease the global shortage of the precious element, vital to many of our high-tech applications, such as MRIs and yes, even those colorful party balloons.

Africa summit tackles violence against albinos

Dar Es Salaam - A "Miss and Mister Albino" contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday.

Seaweed farmers in hot water as Zanzibar struggles

Zanzibar - Waist deep in sparkling blue water off the white beaches of the Indian Ocean spice island of Zanzibar, seaweed farmer Mtumwa Vuai Ameir gently ties seedlings to wood poles.

Training rats to sniff out TB sufferers

East African researchers are considering using the highly developed sense of smell of rats to screen for tuberculosis among prisoners in the crowded prisons in Tanzania and Mozambique.

Zanzibar president warns against violence at swearing in

Zanzibar - Zanzibar's newly-elected President Ali Mohamed Shein called for unity and calm on Thursday after being sworn in following controversial re-run elections in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands.

Zanzibar votes in re-run election as opposition boycott

Zanzibar - Voting began in Zanzibar on Sunday with security tight and an opposition boycott in place for the re-run of October's election in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands, cancelled due to fraud allegations.

Tanzanians jailed for British wildlife pilot murder

Dar Es Salaam - Four Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday.

Five Tanzanians arrested after British pilot killed: President

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzanian president John Magufuli has condemned the killing of a British conservationist after his helicopter was shot down while he chased suspected poachers, saying five people have been arrested.

Zebras don't use their stripes for camouflage, new study reports

It's a question that has intrigued scientists for decades: "Why do zebras have stripes?" Thanks to a recent study, we may now be much closer to the answer.

A horrific fishing tactic in Tanzania is destroying marine life

Dar Es Salaam - The use of explosives in catching fish was outlawed some years ago in Tanzania, but recent reports confirm the practice is alive and well in the African country.

Leading Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in DR Congo

Arusha - One of nine top fugitive Rwandan genocide suspects, a former mayor accused of slaughtering thousands of people and organising mass rapes in 1994, has been arrested, the United Nations said.Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a $5 million (4.

Watch adorable birds tap-dance while attracting a mate

An enchanting video has been released showing adorable and colourful birds undertake a rhythmical dance, replete with toe-tapping action, in a bid to attract a mate.

Five Tanzanian miners freed after 41 days trapped underground

Dar Es Salaam - Five Tanzanian gold miners have been rescued after spending 41 days trapped deep underground eating cockroaches and frogs to survive, the mining ministry and survivors said Tuesday.

Five Tanzanian miners freed after 41 days trapped underground: ministry

Dar Es Salaam - Five Tanzanian gold miners have been rescued after spending 41 trapped deep underground eating cockroaches and frogs to survive, the mining ministry and survivors said Tuesday.

Tanzania's Magufuli sworn in as president

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania's new President John Magufuli was sworn into office Thursday along with the east African nation's first female vice-president to huge cheers from crowds.
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