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The Stories You Need To Know: Madonna Opens Children’s Hospital In Malawi, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

MALAWI–Madonna opened a children’s hospital in Malawi on Tuesday. The hospital is called Mercy James, and is named after one of the pop star's adopted daughters. The hospital was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006. Read the full story here.


SOMALIA–Seven head teachers have been arrested by Somali authorities. The teachers are accused of of meeting al-Shabab militants, and are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favor the Islamist group's ideology. Read the full story here.

KENYA–Pope Francis has criticized Kenya’s powerful and wealthy individuals who are involved in land grabs. He accused them of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools. Read the full story here.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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