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Mali Steps up Ebola Precautions

Our latest report from #Mali  looks at how the country is preparing for #Ebola . So far there has only been one case of a 2 year old girl who died after travelling from Guinea. 
All those who came into contact with her have been placed in quarantine, including these relatives in Bamako. They are coming to the end of their incubation period and in the next week Mali will know if the measures were enough to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the country. 
Here's our TV report on the steps the country has taken, reported by Anne Soy, produced by Charlotte Attwood and filmed by me: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29947442 #blog  
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Mozambique Votes

Voting appears to have gone fairly smoothly in #Mozambique 's elections  with a large turnout. We spent the day at a polling station in Maputo where voters were in a good mood.
This woman shows of her finger, stained with permanent ink to prove she has voted. Counting is now underway with results expected later in the week.
Here's our TV report by Emmanuel Igunza: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29627717 #blog  
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Iraq's Christian Community Suffering

When I was in #Iraq we caught up with the country's #Christian community to see what has happened to them since air strikes began against #IS . Sadly their situation is even worse than it was before and there are now no Christians left in the Nineveh Plain, an area they have lived in for centuries. Some are sheltering in schools in #Erbil , like this family, or in IDP camps. While others have fled the country.  
It is so bad the Archbishop of Erbil told us he wants to see more military action to protect his flock. Not something you expect to hear from a man of the cloth. Here's our TV piece about Iraq's Christians, reported by Quentin Sommerville, shot by Nico Hameon and produced by me: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29508822 #blog  
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IS Beaten Back in Rabia

Earlier this week we visited the town of Rabia, on the border between #Iraq # and #Syria , which Kurdish #Peshmerga troops recently recaptured from #IS
This photo is from the ruins of a hospital in the town where IS held out for three days before it was destroyed by British airstrikes. The Peshmerga took us around the frontline where IS radicals have been using suicide attacks as one of their main weapons.
Here's the TV report by Jim Muir with Nico Hameon on camera: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29546548
And here's the radio report: https://soundcloud.com/kelvinbrown/bbc-on-the-frontline-in-rabia  #blog  
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The New Iraq Frontline

A photo from #Iraq’s frontline south of #Kirkuk , showing a badly damaged mosque. We headed there yesterday after hearing the #Peshmerga had taken several villages from #IS in the last 48 hours. The place was very badly shot up. The Peshmerga claimed there was only 1 casualty on their side, but that the death toll was much higher on the other side. They told us IS was fighting like a strong, professional, well run army. But it was also using guerrilla tactics, like laying a lot of roadside bombs before they retreat from an area. 
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As we approach the one year anniversary of the Westgate shopping mall siege in Nairobi, we’ve been taking a closer look at the Al-Qaeda linked Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. It appears to be targeting…
BBC TV report on Al-Shabaab changing its tactics to recruit in Kenya.
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Testing an Ebola Vaccine in Mali

I'm in  #Mali 's capital Bamako to cover  #Africa 's first #Ebola vaccine trial. So far preliminary results from the trial look promising. 
The research began in the country about a month ago following safety trials in the UK and the US. The vaccine itself has been designed by scientists in the US and is being manufactured by the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline. With Ebola affecting three West African countries, the race to find a vaccine is on. Here's our TV report by Anne Soy, produced by Charlotte Attwood and shot by me: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29926552 #blog  
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Mozambique Elections

I'm in #Mozambique for the country's elections on the 15th. The campaigning has generally been peaceful despite reports of clashes in the north between supporters of the ruling #Frelimo and opposition party #Renamo .
Over the weekend we attended a colourful rally by Frelimo's #FilipeNyusi , where this photo was taken. The rally was surprisingly small given it is the governing party. 
These are seen as the first truly democratic elections since independence, thanks to reforms in the country's electoral system. But that has introduced some uncertainty about the final result. The economy is also a big issue as unemployment is very high despite Mozambique enjoying several years of good growth. 
On top of all this, the youth vote is also interesting as the first generation born since the end of the civil war will be voting.
Here's our TV package, reported by Emmanuel Igunza and shot by me: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29604502   #blog  
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The World's Most Travelled Car

A project I was involved with about #Otto, the world's most travelled car, went out on the BBC this week. #GuntherHoltorf has been driving around the world for the last 26 years in the Mercedes G-Wagen, exploring over 200 countries, including #NorthKorea, where this photo was taken. 
I shot the video for the BBC's online magazine feature about his epic journey where Gunter takes us on a tour of the car and shows us how he managed to live out of it for so long. 
You can see the feature here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/2014/newsspec_8703/index.html #blog  
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IS Using Guerrilla Tactics

These are some of the many improvised explosive devices or IEDs planted by #IS in #Iraq  as they withdrew from the area around Zarga, south of #Kirkuk in the last few days. The Peshmerga say IS is using guerrilla tactics. Aside from planting hundreds of roadside bombs. They also use suicide attackers and snipers to slow the advance of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
Here’s the link to our TV report from this new frontline, reported by Quentin Sommerville, shot and edited by Nico Hameon and produced by me: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29488477
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I’m currently on assignment in northern Iraq. This week we visited Erbil’s Baharka camp, where several thousand displaced Iraqi’s are now living, after fleeing Islamic State militants. Many of them come from Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, which was…
TV report by Yolande Knell on life inside Erbil's Baharka camp, now home over 700 families, who have fled from Islamic State militants.
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This is all that remains of one of the cars used to launch a twin bomb attack in a crowded market in the town of #Jos , in central #Nigeria . The blasts killed over 120 people, making it one of the deadliest attacks for some years. No one has claimed…
TV report on why Nigeria's demoralised army is battling to prevent Boko Haram from launching deadly attacks like the recent one in Jos which killed over 120 people.
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