Across Africa

Dual therapy drug trial offers hope to HIV patients

In this week's edition: a new dual therapy drug trial offers hope to HIV patients in Cameroon; mining companies in Namibia have started turning to the oceans in search of diamonds; and as the ever-expanding city of Abidjan tries to find a solution to an influx of crocodiles, special teams are being trained to move the animals out of residential neighbourhoods.

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In Cameroon, HIV sufferers who've been taking part in a trial where they take two drugs rather than three have been reporting positive results. The advance could mean fewer side effects and cheaper medication on a continent where around 23 million people suffer from the illness.

Also, diamonds are Namibia's biggest source of income - but the number of precious stones under the Namib Desert is dwindling. Mining companies have started turning to the oceans in search of the gems.

And crocodiles are a real problem in Abidjan as the ever-expanding Ivorian city tries to find a solution to an influx of them. The reptiles are heading into the city as their natural habitat comes under threat. 

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