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Media empire Vivendi looks to expand into emerging markets

Flush with cash from its recent sales of subsidiary properties, French multinational Vivendi SA is setting its sights to the south and east in order to further globalize its remaining properties.

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

Washington - The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday.

The incredible life of the African midge

Biologists have completed the genetic analysis on the African midge. The remarkable insect can survive a variety of extreme conditions. The basis of this “invulnerability” is the insect’s genes.

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.

Tracking bats could help halt Ebola spread

Various actions are being undertaken to fight the Ebola virus that is sweeping across parts of West Africa, and resulting in a mounting death toll. As the main vector is bats, some scientists think that tracking bats is one way to combat the disease.

Finding new ways to identify Ebola drugs

Liverpool - Discovering new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection should relate to the types of proteins inside a cell that are critical for the functions of Ebola virus, according to a new study.

African extremists: Islamic State offers grim inspiration

Nairobi - Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption.

Ebola cure confirmed in monkeys

Winnipeg - Scientists have confirmed that the new Ebola cure used to save two American doctors is 100 percent effective in monkeys.

Op-Ed: Ebola drugs are a 'long way off' from large-scale production

The announcement that World Health Organization (WHO) consultants have agreed that experimental Ebola drugs can be used to tackle the African outbreak made headlines. However drug companies cannot readily produce the medications in large supplies.

Is the full impact of Ebola yet to be felt?

Weak state capacity and poor public health infrastructure will hamper efforts to contain the escalating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a new report.

WHO decides today to call Ebola an international emergency

An emergency committee of international health experts at the World Health Organization in Geneva has announced its decision to declare a global health emergency because of the four-country Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Op-Ed: Ebola hype goes on

New York City - Even the New York Times thought it should do a local story on Ebola, not because there was one possible person suffering from it in the Big Apple, but because there are entire neighborhoods made up of the West African diaspora.

Summit sees US boost security assistance to Africa

Washington - The United States will step up its support for the African militaries battling Islamic extremists or conducting dangerous peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama said.

Obama: US and Africa should boost security cooperation

Washington - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States wants to help Africa fight extremist unrest and international terrorism, as a high-level summit turned to security challenges on the continent.

Obama woos Africa with billions of dollars in deals

Washington - President Barack Obama announced billions of dollars in investment for Africa on Tuesday, as the United States challenges China and Europe's leading roles in the continent's economic emergence.

Obama woos Africa with billions of dollars in deals

Washington - President Barack Obama announced billions of dollars in investment for Africa on Tuesday, as the United States challenges China and Europe's leading roles in the continent's economic emergence.

U.S. opens Africa summit with call for political tolerance

Washington - The United States urged African leaders on Monday to respect political differences, saying that core democratic principles are vital to achieving long-term economic growth.

Outcasts and vexing guests at Obama's Africa summit

Washington - US President Barack Obama hosts an unprecedented gathering of African leaders next week with only four nations left off the guest list despite concerns over rights abuses in many countries.

Safari in Malawi for a warm, friendly adventure (Videos)

Normally when speaking of safaris, people immediately think Kruger National Park, or the wilds of Kenya, but there are other unique and beautiful locations on the African continent, perfectly suited for the vacation of a lifetime.

Giant African snails seized by U.S. Customs agents at LAX

Los Angeles - Officials at Los Angeles International Airport recently confiscated a shipment containing 67 live giant African snails. The snails were being shipped from Nigeria to an address in Southern California likely for human consumption.

New Ebola cases in two African nations

The U.N. health agency has reported about 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The disease, among the deadliest in the world, continues to spread across West Africa.

Dalai Lama concerned about all global issues Special

Pretoria - The Office of Tibet in South Africa has celebrated the birthday of the country’s spiritual leader, Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the 14th Dalai Lama, as well as introducing the new Representative, Nangsa Chodon.

They need CAR’s diamond so they use the national army

The CAR diamond situation is reaching an international level as the armed forces are going against militias in a power struggle surrounding the control of diamonds.

African rulers unite on giving themselves immunity to war crimes

African leaders have banded together to vote in favor of immunity to war crimes for their administrations. If this goes through they would have a free license to commit atrocities in many areas.

Food rations slashed for 800,000 African refugees: UN

Geneva - Nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed due to a lack of global aid funding, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation, the UN warned on Tuesday.

UN warns Britain over child voodoo victims, sex tourists

Geneva - Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said, urging London to do more to combat the scourge.

Delta Airlines apologizes to Ghana for giraffe tweet

Delta Airlines sent out a tweet last night with a picture that was supposed to represent Ghana. Unfortunately that picture was of a giraffe. Giraffes do not live anywhere in Ghana.

Safari tourism rises in popularity across Africa

A new report highlights an increase in safari tourism to Africa. The increase is not only coming from traditional regions, like the U.S. and Europe, but also from "emerging markets." This increase is important for the pan-African economy.

WHO: Alcohol kills millions per year

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants global governments to crack down after study shows that alcohol kills millions per year.

Nigeria's president optimistic about finding missing kids

Abuja - Nigeria should be able to recover more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from their school by Islamic militants last month, President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday as a new offer of help arrived from Israel.
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A sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, in El Fasher, North Darfur, as tens of thousands have sought protection there following fresh clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel forces.
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the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris December 7, 2013
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Construction of Tokwe Mukorsi dam
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Some of the children of Faith Child Ministries.
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Sergio Cicala and 6 of his kidnappers
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Vendor cutting fresh coconuts.
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Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
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The largest known spotted hyena populations occur in the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania (where they number 7,200-7,700), Kruger National Park in South Africa (1,300-3,900) and the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya (ca 500-1,000).
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Images from Disney's Animal Kingdom
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A man in Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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File photo: Soccer team in action.
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Children playing around a pile of bricks used for repairs and renovations.
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Women in Namibia sitting by a hut
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The danger of landmines is serious in Angola.
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