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Op-Ed: The hidden risks behind China’s stock market crash

Remember Japan? In the 1980s, thanks to its spectacular economic growth, Japanophobia and Japan bashing were the most popular pastimes in the U.S.

U.S. President Obama says 'Africa is on the move'

Nairobi - US President Barack Obama said Saturday "Africa is on the move", as he praised the spirit of entrepreneurship at a business summit in Kenya during his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president.

Obama upbeat on Africa on eve of Kenya, Ethiopia trip

Washington - On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which he said had great resilience and enormous potential for growth.

Laos to investigate report of trafficking of African footballers

Bangkok - The Laos football federation pledged Tuesday to investigate a local club over allegations teenage African players were trafficked to the communist country and forced to sign contracts without adequate pay.

Op-Ed: Africa's Problems can be solved by Africa's Innovators

What can save Africa from its grinding poverty, corrupt bureaucrats, incompetent governments and dire infrastructure? The best hope might lie with the innovations of its home grown entrepreneurs.

African scientists leading charge against anti-gay laws in Africa

Homosexuality is “un-African,” or at least that's what some national leaders would have you believe. The Academy of Science of South Africa, however, is pushing back, having released a report refuting and condemning anti-gay laws.

Op-Ed: Africans wants ICC stop targeting African leaders

Pretoria - Despite world condemnation of South Africa for letting President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan go home, many Africans on social media are applauding Pretoria's decision.

Sudan's Bashir flies out of S.Africa, defying court order

Johanesburg - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew out of South Africa on Monday, dodging a court order for him to stay as judges weighed up whether he should be arrested over alleged war crimes and genocide.

Sudan's Bashir banned from leaving S.Africa until arrest ruling

Johanesburg - A South African court on Sunday issued a temporary ban on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir leaving the country after the International Criminal Court called for him to be arrested at a summit of African leaders in Johannesburg.

Burundi to take centre stage as African leaders meet

Johanesburg - Leaders meet in Johannesburg on Sunday for an African Union summit which will be dominated by the political unrest in Burundi and the migration crisis in the continent.

Leaders at African summit expected to avoid migration troubles

Johanesburg - Despite growing pressure to address the tragedy of African migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, the African Union is unlikely to offer any home-grown solutions to the crisis, say analysts.

Angelina Jolie lobbies African leaders over sexual violence

Johanesburg - Actress Angelina Jolie on Friday appealed to African leaders attending a summit in Johannesburg to confront the "near total impunity" that hampers efforts to tackle violence against women across the continent.

Yukon fossil bones provide DNA, shakeup camel family tree

Ice age camel bones, discovered in the Yukon, are rearranging the camel family tree. Until their extinction around 13,000, western camels were quite common in western North America.

Award-winning journalist lashes out at media portrayal of Africa Special

Toronto - An African journalist is urging international media covering the continent to bring aboard local African journalists in their reporting.

African leaders sign 'Cape to Cairo' free trade bloc deal

African leaders signed Wednesday a 26-nation free trade pact to create a common market that would span half the continent from Cairo to Cape Town.

Cat named Lola survives migrant sea crossing via Sudan and Libya

Against all odds, a cat somehow survived a journey spanning two continents and an ocean, as it accompanied its owner on a migrant crossing.

Africa officials say trade deal ready for signing

Sharm El-sheikh - Senior African officials negotiating a trade deal in Egypt to create a common market across half the continent said Monday the pact was ready to be signed.

'Baby warehouses' put African infants at risk in Israel

Telavi - It is nap-time at Felizia's daycare centre, a squalid street-level flat in Tel Aviv where loud pop music drowns out the miserable cries of dozens of children and babies cooped up inside.

European DNA comes from Egyptians who migrated out of Africa

"Walk like an Egyptian" say the words of the song, and it seems that Europeans and Asians did just that, when they migrated north from Africa tens of thousands of years ago.

Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: Report

Paris - The world's poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organisation founded by U2 frontman Bono said Tuesday.

Activists denounce Africa's silence over migrant drownings

Banjul - Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.

China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

Bejing - Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico.

Study: Millions are dying due to lack of access to surgery

An eye-opening study has found approximately two-thirds of the world's population lacks access to safe and affordable surgery, double what previous studies had estimated.

China, Japan leaders meet but wartime legacy casts shadow

Jakarta - The leaders of China and Japan met Wednesday for only the second time since taking office, but the effort to repair badly damaged ties was marred after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier failed to apologise for Tokyo's wartime aggression.

Asia, Africa to mark summit that forged post-colonial path

Jakarta - Asian and African leaders gather in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

How fast is Ebola mutating?

There is a on-going debate about how fast the Ebola viruses are mutating. A new study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous research group has estimated.

The Conversation is heading to Africa

The online platform will be an invaluable addition to the ongoing global debate about how to effectively develop Africa and alleviate poverty.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

Ebola-proof Android tablet helps aid workers in West Africa

Google has developed an Ebola-proof tablet for use by health workers in Sierra Leone. It can resist the storms and high humidity of West Africa and can be dipped into antibacterial chlorine after use.
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These African elephant herds were pictured at a waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Members of the different herds rub trunks when greeting each other.
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African food vendor.
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014
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At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday  Bono described Africa as  remarkable creative  and entrepren...
At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday, Bono described Africa as "remarkable creative, and entrepreneurial," and reminisced about conversations he shared with friends at EDUN's launch in 2005. "Our African friends said to us... 'Is it another charitable project?' And we're like, 'No, it's a business.' 'Oh thank GOD.'"
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A view of the northwest province in Cameroon
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Images from Disney's Animal Kingdom
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UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the 2013 Bastille Day parade in Paris.
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Images from Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Zebras in Mikumi National Park
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Children at an orphanage in Man, Côte d'Ivoire.
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the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris December 7, 2013
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Peace Corps Orientation in Yaounde, Cameroon
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Construction of Tokwe Mukorsi dam
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The hitch hikers will pass through African villages like this on their journey.
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Gender-based violence and violence against children in South Africa has remained a significant probl...
Gender-based violence and violence against children in South Africa has remained a significant problem, experts say, despite government's pledges to combat the issue.