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Africa’s donkeys slaughtered for Chinese ‘miracle elixir’
Every year, China slaughters millions of donkeys to make Ejiao, a traditional medicine hailed as a ‘miracle elixir’ which is used to treat various ailments. As China’s donkey population plummets, Chinese firms are now forced to turn to African donkeys – at the risk of wiping them out. Our correspondents in China and Kenya – Elodie Cousin, Bastien Renouil, Antoine Vedeilhe and Charlie Wang – went to investigate.



Video: Embedded with French troops in eastern Mali
Just this weekend, seven French troops in Mali were injured and one UN peacekeeper killed in a four-hour rocket, mortar and car bomb attack on their camp at Timbuktu airport. Five years after the French army intervened in Mali to stop an Islamist insurgency, our reporters Claire Paccalin and Fanny Allard have been to the east of the country, which is still far from stabilized. They followed French and Malian soldiers in their operations to fight terrorists and win the trust of the population.



South Africa bids farewell to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela
Tens of thousands of people sang, cheered and cried as the flag-draped casket of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was escorted from her official funeral on Saturday, after supporters defended her complex legacy with poetry and anger.



Sierra Leone's new president promises civil servants 'no witchhunt'
Sierra Leone’s new president, Julius Maada Bio, on Friday promised civil servants they need not fear a purge despite a historic shift in the country’s politics.



South Africa ex-leader Zuma defiant as corruption case adjourned
Former South African president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday to face corruption charges and emerged defiant, telling supporters that the case against him was politically motivated. The trial has been adjourned until April 8.



Video: Mauritanian Sahara delights tourists again after years blighted by terror
After years blighted by terror attacks, tourists are beginning to return to Mauritania. Charter flights between Paris and the Mauritanian Sahara resumed in December 2017. Tourists can now re-discover the country’s vast sand dunes and rich cultural heritage, such as Chinguetti, seen as the seventh holy city of Islam. The revival is an economic windfall but also a test for Mauritania, which is keen to stand out from its terror-hit neighbours. FRANCE 24’s Mehdi Meddeb and Stéphane Kenech report.



South Africa’s Zuma due in court on corruption charges
South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma is due to appear in court in Durban on Friday to face corruption charges linked to a multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal that dogged his time in government.



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