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Second dumped baby found in Namibian town

A baby's body has been found dumped in a Namibian town, just three days after another newborn was found dead in a bin.

The baby girl was discovered "wrapped in a towel in a plastic bag" in a residential bin on Tuesday in Walvis Bay, the Namibian reports.

On Saturday, another baby was found dumped in a hospital bin in the same coastal town.

According to the newspaper, this brings to five the number of babies bodies found in either Walvis Bay or Swakopmund - which is just 42km (27 miles) north - since the start of the year.

A woman is due to appear in court today in connection with the baby girl's death.

Plans to bring Dakar Rally back home

A rally car in the desert
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Plans are underway to return the famous Dakar Rally to Africa, a decade after the last race was held on the continent because of security problems in Mauritania, Etienne Lavigne, the Director of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the competition, has said.

"We already have some avenues open, notably in Algeria, Angola and Namibia, where we've had very high-level talks with for several months," Lavigne told news agency AFP.

Since the 2008 cancellation, the rally has been held in South America with the 2019 edition set to be held exclusively in Peru - the first time it has been confined to one country in its 41 year history.

Worsening economic conditions in Argentina and Chile, coupled with general difficulties hosting rally, are behind the push to return the race to Africa.

"If we can no longer host it in South America, we must find countries that have a topography that can offer up 10-12 days of competition," Lavigne told AFP.

"This can be found elsewhere provided you have a little bit of time to anticipate it, " he added.

Next year's race in Peru will take place between January 6-17.

It will be a looping 10-stage rally-route mapped around the Peruvian deserts, with organisers admitting it "promises to be one of the sandiest in the history of the rally".

The rally's first edition was held in 1978 with competitors racing from Paris in France to Senegal's capital, Dakar.

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Namibia 'to compensate people killed by hippos and crocodiles'

A hippopotamus
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Four people in Namibia have been killed by wild animals this year - one of them by a hippo

Namibia is to compensate the families of people killed by wild animals, including crocodile and hippos, with up to 100,000 Namibian dollars ($8,330; £5,798).

But it comes with a disclaimer. Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta has said:

We will not pay [that sum] for people killed by crocodiles and hippos while swimming or bathing in rivers, because that situation can be avoided."

Nine people were killed by wild animals in 2016 and six in 2017, according to Namibian government data.

Four people have reportedly been killed this year - three by crocodiles and one by a hippo.

In many rural areas the river is the main water source. Mr Shifeta has urged people to take river water home to wash and bathe in order to avoid being attacked.

Berlin to scrap street names glorying colonial past

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Politicians in Berlin have recommended changing street names that are associated with the bloody suppression of Namibians by the German colonial powers.

The idea of changing the street names in what is known as the "African Quarter" of the German capital has long been debated but now politicians from different parties have agreed to the move.

Historians refer to it as the first genocide of the 20th Century - when German colonisers killed thousands of people from the Herero and Nama ethnic groups in what was then South-West Africa.

Roads in Berlin's African Quarter bear the names of the men responsible for those crimes - like Lüderitzstraße - after Franz Adolf Lüderitz, the founder of South West Africa.

Now they are likely to be with replaced with names like Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda, a Herero woman who played a key role in Namibia's independence movement.

A street sign in Berlin
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Petersallee might get renamed - it once commemorated colonial administrator Carl "Hangman" Peters, but since 1986 has referred to Hans Peters, an anti-Nazi fighter

Namibia president denies corruption

Uranium mine in Nambia
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Questions started being asked after operations at mines turned out to be tougher than expected

Namibian President Hage Geingob has denied corruption accusations stemming from a French investigation, AFP news agency reports.

The investigation is looking into the purchase of Canadian mining company Uramin by French nuclear giant Areva.

Areva group spent 1.8bn euros ($2.2bn; £1.6bn) to buy Uramin and its uranium mines in Namibia, South Africa and Central African Republic.

But the investment turned into a financial disaster and French investigators launched an investigation into the deal.

Sources close to the French inquiry have told AFP that investigators are looking into monthly transfers of $10,000 to Mr Geingob made between 2008 and 2009.

But the lawyer for Mr Geingob told AFP that he is "not implicated" in the investigation.

Mr Geingob's lawyer, Sisa Namandje, added in the letter that the sums were paid to Geingob for "advisory work at Uramin" undertaken before his appointment as commerce and industry minister in 2008.

Namibia records first case of listeriosis

A sign to inform customers is placed over the processed cold meats section of a supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa, 05 March 2018.
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A South African supermarket with a warning sign

A 41-year-old man is fighting for his life in a Namibian hospital after becoming the country's first listeriosis victim, the health minister said.

Bernard Haufiku said the man became ill after eating a vienna sausage from a butchers about 300 miles (475km) north of the capital Windhoek, where he is now receiving treatment.

The announcement came a week after Namibia announced it was banning imports from the company which was revealed as the source of the world's largest ever outbreak in neighbouring South Africa.

So far, South Africa's outbreak has killed more than 180 people and made almost 1,000 ill.

However, Mr Haufiku said Namibia was ready as a result.

He told parliament: "We were already prepared as a country when we heard there was a break out in South Africa."

The new case comes two days after a human rights lawyer invited victims in South Africa to join him in a lawsuit against Tiger Brands, the owner of the Limpopo province factory where the outbreak is believed to have begun.