Africa

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Locust Plague Swoops Down Upon 2 Nations

Somalia, Ethiopia seeing worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years: UN food agency

(Newser) - Crops on nearly 173,000 acres of land have been destroyed in Somalia and parts of eastern Ethiopia in what the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization is deeming the region's worst desert locust invasion in a quarter century. The FAO notes the insect plague is imperiling farmers' livelihoods... More »

2019 Was a Bad Year for One Kind of Killing

From Burkina Faso to California, houses of worship came under deadly fire

(Newser) - On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “... More »

Twitter CEO After Tour: I'm Moving to Africa

Jack Dorsey will spend up to half of 2020 on the continent

(Newser) - Jack Dorsey is moving to Africa. The Twitter and Square CEO announced his plan in a Wednesday tweet after wrapping up a nearly three-week tour of the continent, with stops in Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa. "Sad to be leaving the continent...for now," he wrote, adding,... More »

Meghan Markle in Africa: I'm Here 'as a Woman of Color'

Duchess of Sussex is on the first day of a 10-day tour with Prince Harry

(Newser) - Meghan Markle was in South Africa Monday for her first visit to the country, and while the Duchess of Sussex might officially be there on royal business, she told the cheering crowd, "I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife,... More »

Trophy Hunter Gets US Permit to Import Body of Rare Rhino

Michigan hunter gets dispensation in what Humane Society calls 'pay-to-slay scheme'

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it will issue a permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull, and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Mich., applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and... More »

Hunter in Dead Giraffe Photo: It Was 'Delicious'

Tess Talley keeps hunting despite worldwide outcry

(Newser) - A hunter whose photo of her and a dead giraffe sparked global outrage has a message for the world: She's "absolutely" still hunting, MSN reports. "It's a hobby, it's something that I love to do," Tess Talley said Friday on CBS This Morning. "... More »

5-Year-Old Left Paralyzed by Rape Shocks a Nation

Her case highlights the struggle of prosecuting sex crimes in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - At first no one knew why the 5-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play. Some blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed... More »

The 'Gorillas in the Mist' May Be No More

Last of the gorillas observed by Dian Fossey believed dead

(Newser) - The last of the original "gorillas in the mist," a troupe observed by primatologist Dian Fossey before her death in Rwanda more than 30 years ago, is believed to have died. Though the mountain gorilla population numbered 600 in 2016, up from some 240 in 1967, per CNN... More »

Glaring Error on Africa Map Called 'Act of Aggression'

No, Ethiopia has not annexed Somalia

(Newser) - Typically it's New Zealand that gets left off maps . But this time, Somalia is getting a taste of the affront via a map published by its neighbor and longtime rival, Ethiopia. The map, removed Sunday from the website for Ethiopia's foreign ministry, showed Somalian territory included within Ethiopia'... More »

Scientists Find Source of Worldwide Mystery Hum

It's likely a massive underwater volcano, they say

(Newser) - Hear about a strange underwater hum that went 'round the world? Neither had we, but scientists say they've found the likely source: a huge underwater volcano off the coast of Africa, LiveScience reports. Rising half a mile from the ocean floor and three miles across, the volcano apparently... More »

135K Elephants Were Protected. Not Anymore

Hunting ban in place since 2014 is lifted in Botswana

(Newser) - The nation that's home to roughly a third of Africa's 415,000 elephants has delivered a harsh but unsurprising blow to conservationists in lifting a five-year ban on hunting the animals. "The number and high levels of human-elephant conflict and the consequent impact on livelihoods was increasing,... More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Attacked in South Africa

The 'Terminator' gets drop-kicked at a public event

(Newser) - New video shows actor Arnold Schwarzenegger being assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa, the AP reports. The video posted by broadcaster eNCA shows the 71-year-old standing and filming children at a sporting event in Johannesburg when a man makes a flying kick into his back. Schwarzenegger stumbles forward.... More »

Kidnapped American: 'How Do I Get Them to Shoot Me?'

California woman Gayle Endicott appears on CBS This Morning

(Newser) - An American kidnapped in Uganda says she felt a human connection with her captors but also contemplated how to get herself killed. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Gayle Endicott went into detail about her 5-day April ordeal and described a moment when she, her guide, and four captors were crossing... More »

Massacre Leaves 134 Dead

Ethnic Dogon militia descends on village in Mali

(Newser) - The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village rose to 134 dead, the UN said, as new video emerged Sunday showing victims strewn on the ground amid the burning remains of their homes. An ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over... More »

Obama's Next Gig Involves African Basketball League

Exact scope of former president's role with NBA-backed league not yet clear

(Newser) - Barack Obama famously loves basketball, and now the former president will get to love it in an official capacity. The NBA and FIBA, the sport's international governing body, are partnering to create a professional basketball league in Africa, and the AP reports that Obama is expected to have "... More »

Wildlife Photographer: I've 'Achieved My Dream'

Rare black leopards photographed in Kenya

(Newser) - Will Burrard-Lucas scrolled through photo after photo, seeing only hyenas. Then "a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness ... a black leopard! I couldn't believe it," the British wildlife photographer says of capturing some of the first scientific evidence of black leopards in Africa in a century.... More »

The Ferry Capsized. But Someone Was Alive Inside

Engineer Augustine Charahani struggled for survival

(Newser) - Ferry, upside-down. Engine room, flooding. Air pocket, shrinking. But engineer Augustine Charahani found the peace of mind to curl up on a flight of stairs and wait over 40 hours in the hope rescuers would find him, the New York Times reports. His ordeal began Sept. 20 in Lake Victoria,... More »

Pair Traveling in Burkina Faso Disappears

Edith Blais, Luca Tacchetto have not been heard from in weeks

(Newser) - It was Edith Blais' "lifelong dream" to travel to Africa, her mother tells the CBC . But after the 34-year-old Quebec woman achieved that dream last year, she disappeared—she and her companion, 30-year-old Italian man Luca Tacchetto, have not been heard from since Dec. 15. They were in Burkina... More »

US Tourist Attacked by Irate Hippo in Zimbabwe

Local media insinuate she was reckless; her husband, mother-in-law push back on that

(Newser) - A tour company offering expeditions down Zimbabwe's Zambezi River is called Wild Horizons, but one Florida woman's canoe adventure turned a bit too wild. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kristen Yaldor remains in intensive care in a South African hospital after she was attacked on the river... More »

Elephants Have Bad News for Poachers: We Evolved

More African elephants aren't growing tusks

(Newser) - How can elephants fend off ivory poachers? By never growing tusks at all. Some 32% of female elephants in Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park are now born tuskless—a far cry from the 2% to 4% naturally occurring in Africa's wild, per research published in National Geographic . Thousands of... More »

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