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Rights group says Angola cracking down on activists

Luanda - Human rights activists and journalists are increasingly being targeted by the regime of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, a rights group said in a report Thursday, days after two activists were arrested in Africa's second-largest oil producer....

Angola storm death toll rises to 69, half children

Luanda - The death toll from torrential rains that pounded the Angolan town of Lobito has risen to 69, including 36 children, officials said Saturday as search efforts for bodies continued.

Citizen science project will benefit Africa's giraffes

With its' long, graceful neck and elaborately patterned hide, the giraffe is truly an iconic symbol of Africa. Like seemingly every other wild animal in the world, they are in decline.

Ukrainian rebels agree to three-way ceasefire talks

Berlin - Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday to hold talks with pro-Moscow rebels to try to reach an agreement on a new ceasefire to replace the one that expired earlier in the week, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

Angola plans its first census in 30 years

Angola is going to have their first census in over three decades in an attempt to become more organized and plan better government aid.

Baby Western lowland gorilla born at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto - Ngozi and Charles, the couple of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas, are the proud parents of a baby gorilla born last week at the Toronto Zoo. Mother and baby are doing well, but gender of the newborn has not yet been determined.

Angola denies claim that Islam declared illegal

After numerous media reports claiming that Angola had banned Islam and closed mosques in the country, a government spokesperson has denied the charges.

Angola reportedly bans Islam

According to several reports, the African nation of Angola has declared Islam illegal, and has ordered mosques throughout the country be closed and demolished.

Op-Ed: Should Africa remember the crimes of totalitarian dictatorship?

Pretoria - There is a real danger that George Santayana’s famous aphorism about those forgetting the past being doomed to repeat it could be seen at work again in Africa, with the increase in the gap between rich and poor and strident revolutionary voices.

Review: OZ, the movie, is great and powerful but what's with that makeup?

Oz The Great and Powerful has taken over box offices around the globe by storm. But after the transformations am I the only one thinking what's with Mila Kunis's makeup?

Children killed in Angola stampede

Four children were among over a dozen people that have died in a stampede at a stadium used for evangelical vigil in the Angolan capital Luanda on New Year's Eve. Reports say the stampede also left 120 others injured in the southern African country.

CITIC’s chairman visits Angola, lauds Dos Santos’ initiatives

Chang Zhenming, chairman of Chinese state-investment company CITIC, ended on Wednesday a two-day trip to Angola where he visited his company’s main investments sites.

Ruling party posts win in Angola election

Luanda - Jose dos Santos Angolan president and his MPLA party have won the Angolan election. The MPLA received almost three quarters of the votes according to provisional results

USA thrashes Nigeria 156-73 at the Olympics

London - Led by Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Kobe Bryant, the Dream Team broke Team USA all time Olympic record of 133 points, by thrashing the Nigerian squad 156-73.

Historic centre of Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil Special

Salvador - Third largest city in Brazil, Salvador, in the state of Bahia on the Atlantic coast, holds the architectural beauty of Portuguese origin that is spiced up with African history, culture and traditions.

Southern Africa can see off Somali pirates, navy chiefs say Special

Durban - The naval leadership of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) says although international efforts in fighting piracy are important, it can take care of its own waters, as long as the region can develop its shipbuilding capacity.

South African defence minister addresses 'increase in conflict' Special

Johannesburg - South Africa's Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says there has been "an increase in conflict on the African continent" and defence ministers of the Southern African Development Community are debating ways of dealing with this.

Miss Angola is now Miss Universe

Leila Lopes, the 25-year-old Miss Angola, who also won Miss Angola UK in 2010, is now the new Miss Universe in the hotly contested pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil Monday night

Op-Ed: NGOs: The Parasitic Altruists

Some NGOs genuinely contribute to enhancing welfare, to the mitigation of hunger, the furtherance of human and civil rights, or the curbing of disease. Others are ideologically biased, religiously-committed and, often, at the service of special interests.

Famous South African unit remembers its fallen; opens museum Special

Johannesburg - Veterans of one of the most famous South African units of the post-war era gathered at the National War Museum to remember their fallen comrades and to express pride in their achievements.
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