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Zambians Outraged at Woman's Tale of Gap Year in Their Country

They say Louise Linton's book is filled with stereotypes and inaccuracies

(Newser) - Louise Linton is an aspiring actress living in California, but the Scottish woman's recently published book about her gap year in Zambia in the late '90s is what's catching everyone's attention, the Guardian reports. In Congo's Shadow was published in April and excerpted in the... More »

China Forced to Confirm It's Not Exporting Canned Human Meat

Cue the diplomatic outrage

(Newser) - There are normal diplomatic relations, and then there's the weird scene playing out between Zambia and China. The latter accuses a tabloid and social media in the African nation of spreading a "malicious" rumor in an attempt to weaken relations between the two countries. "Gruesome" would be... More »

Baby Elephant Survives 14-Lion Attack

Fends them off, escapes into water

(Newser) - A 1-year-old elephant wandered off from his mother at the Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp in Zambia, and 14 lions attacked him—but, somehow, this story avoids an unhappy ending. The lions were unable to take the elephant down, even as they clung to his back, and he was able... More »

This Man Is Zambia's New Leader

Guy Scott is first white African president since fall of apartheid

(Newser) - When George W. Bush was introduced to then-vice president of Zambia Guy Scott a few years ago, he thought somebody was joking. Scott is a white man whose parents immigrated to the country when it was still a British colony, and the death of President Michael Sata makes him sub-Saharan... More »

Zambian President 'King Cobra' Dead at 77

Rumors regarding Michael Sata's health had swirled in recent weeks

(Newser) - Zambian leader Michael Sata, a longtime opposition leader who was finally elected president in 2011, died shortly after 11pm yesterday after an illness, the Zambian government said today. His wife and son were at his side at London's King Edward VII Hospital, where he was being treated. Rumors that... More »

'61 Plane Crash That Killed UN Chief May Get 2nd Look

UN considers that Dag Hammarskjold's plane may have been shot down

(Newser) - More than 50 years after United Nations chief Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in what was then Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), the UN is considering reopening its investigation. The 1962 probe into the crash that killed the Swedish diplomat and 15 others the previous year came to no... More »

Zambian Calls President a Potato, Goes to Jail

He was speaking figuratively, say critic's supporters

(Newser) - A political foe of Zambia's president has been arrested and faces up to five years in prison for the crime of likening the president to a potato, reports the BBC . More precisely, a sweet potato. And even more precisely, in the native tongue, a "chumbu mushololwa." President... More »

Man Swallowed by Hippo Lives to Tell Tale

Incredible story of survival in Zambia

(Newser) - "Time passes very slowly when you're in a hippo's mouth," says Paul Templer. He knows firsthand. Templer was attacked by a hippo years ago while paddling on a river in Zambia, where he worked as a tourist guide. "I seemed to be trapped in something... More »

Irate Zambian Miners Kill Chinese Manager

Coal miners riot over low wages

(Newser) - A fresh round of unrest has hit Chinese-operated mines in Zambia. Rioting coal miners killed a Chinese manager on Saturday by pushing a mine trolley at him as he tried to flee, reports the BBC . Another Chinese manager and several Zambians were injured during the incident at the mine, which... More »

How Old Is That Giraffe? Check Its Spots

They get darker around the time of puberty

(Newser) - You can tell how old a male giraffe is by looking at its spots, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 33 years of data on Thornicroft giraffes in Zambia and discovered that the level of darkness of the animal's brown blotches reveals its age, reports BBC Nature... More »

Amnesty Demands Bush's Arrest

African countries should seize president 'responsible for torture'

(Newser) - George W. Bush should be arrested for his role in waterboarding, Amnesty International says, and his trip to Africa presents an opportunity for that. “International law requires that there be no safe haven for those responsible for torture; Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia must seize this opportunity to fulfill their... More »

Man Gets 15 Years for Assault With HIV

Megachurch elder had unprotected sex without telling partner he was positive

(Newser) - A Texas man charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—his penis—pleaded guilty yesterday, unexpectedly ending his trial. Nathaniel Tumbwe, who has said he is an African prince and a doctor, had unprotected sex with a fellow elder at a Dallas megachurch in 2008, knowing he was HIV... More »

US Doctors Look to Africa for Lower-Cost Treatments

Developing nations offer cheap, effective solutions for health care

(Newser) - When an AIDS clinic at the University of Alabama wanted to boost the number of patients who returned for treatment, they didn't look to programs in the rich West for ideas. They went to Zambia, where strategies for treating patients with HIV have succeeded despite widespread poverty. With US health... More »

Watershed Vaccine May End Malaria Toll

If trials work as expected, shots could save millions of children

(Newser) - Scientists have developed a promising vaccine against malaria, a devastating disease that kills a milion people a year, most of them young children. Trials of the breakthrough vaccine enter the final phase next year and it could be widely available by 2012, reports the Los Angeles Times. Successful trials have... More »

Zambia Denies Reports That Prez Is Dead

'Responding well;' Mugabe critic collapsed ahead of AU summit

(Newser) - Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa is resting comfortably in a Paris hospital, said a government spokesman today, denying "malicious" widespread reports that the leader had died after suffering his second stroke in 2 years ahead of an African Union summit. Mwanawasa "is responding well to treatment. He has made... More »

Africa Braces for Zimbabwe Refugees

With Mugabe looking ready to hold on to power at all costs, exodus is expected

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's neighbors are preparing for a flood of refugees after next week's election, the London Times reports. About 3 million have already fled Robert Mugabe's regime to South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. As it becomes increasingly clear that Mugabe will not give up power even if he loses the election,... More »

Zimbabwe Arms Ship Heads Back to China

South African dock workers refuse to unload Chinese tanker

(Newser) - A Chinese ship with a cargo of arms and ammunition bound for Zimbabwe will indeed head back to China, the Chinese foreign ministry confirmed today, after Zimbabwe's neighbors refused to let the vessel dock. The decision is a victory for the coalition of trade unionists, religious leaders, and Western diplomats... More »

China's Africa Aid Has a Price

Manufacturing suffers on the continent as Asian imports flood the market

(Newser) - As China increases its economic investment in Africa, locals are finding that the benefits of increased trade with the East comes at a price. In the third of a series of articles in the New York Times, workers at a Zambian factory describe how Chinese imports have undercut their market... More »

Chinese Seek Fortune in Africa

To satisfy country's thirst for oil, emigrants strike it rich out west

(Newser) - A growing number of poor Chinese are flocking to Africa, hoping to cash in on the destitute continent’s infinite growth potential. China is building factories in eastern Africa, and trade between the two burgeoning economies ballooned to $55 billion last year. The eastern entrepreneurs are diving into every sector... More »

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