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Kenyan poachers kill famous 45-year-old elephant — one of Africa’s largest

One of Africa's largest elephants has died after being shot by poachers using poisoned arrows in Kenya, wildlife officials revealed as they mourned on Saturday the loss of an "old friend." The elephant famed for his giant tusks, known as Satao and aged……

Nigeria passes South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy

Nigeria on Sunday became Africa’s biggest economy, leap-frogging South Africa, after the government announced a long-overdue rebasing of the country’s gross domestic product. The new calculations take into account changes in production and consumption since the last time the exercise was carried out in 1990, including an added focus on…

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as continent’s biggest economy

Nigeria becomes Africa’s biggest economy (via AFP) Nigeria on Sunday became Africa’s biggest economy, leap-frogging South Africa, after the government announced a long-overdue rebasing of the country’s gross domestic product. The new calculations take into account changes in production and consumption…  …

Quest for oil threatens Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve

The quest for oil may be the latest threat to Africa's most venerable wildlife reserve, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and already hard hit by deforestation, poaching and armed conflict. Early in March, European Development Commissioner……

‘Africa’s Alps’ melting at disturbing rate, climate scientists say

Vanishing ice warning for ‘Africa’s Alps’ (via AFP) In swirling snow, John Medenge prods a thin ice bridge over a crevasse with an iron-tipped spear, guiding climbers scaling the steep glacial wall using crampons and axes. “We are the last few who will climb on the ice, it is going…

The war on African poaching: is militarization doomed to fail?

Every two weeks or so, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs publishes a rhino poaching update, a running tally of rhinoceroses illegally killed for lucrative Asian black markets, along with a summary of arrests of poachers and rhino horn couriers. The latest, dated August 7, lists 553 rhinos poached…

How mobile devices are changing Africa

Without access to fixed-line telephones or PCs, mobile devices are the most important pieces of hardware many Africans own. AUSTIN, TX—Mobile phones are kicking off a revolution in Africa, with everyone from farmers to villagers relying on apps to make electronic payments, check on expiration dates…  …

Fake tuberculosis drugs manufactured by both legitimate companies and fraudsters are rampant: survey

Africa, India and other developing countries are awash in fake or sub-standard drugs for tuberculosis, fuelling the rise of treatment-resistant strains of TB, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Investigators in the United States asked local people in 19 cities in 17 countries to purchase isoniazid and rifampicin, the…

U.S. lawmakers seek to boost exports to Africa

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday called for a push to boost exports to Africa, saying that both sides would benefit if the United States sells more products to the continent’s growing middle class. Lawmakers from both major US parties teamed up to introduce bills in the House of Representatives…

Mr Gay World pageant dazzles South Africa

One came from the Philippines with mechanical wings, another from Mexico in a rhinestoned Mayan headdress, and one from Finland simply wrapped in a sauna towel. But for the first time, the contestants in Mr Gay World came to Africa, a continent where most countries still maintain sodomy laws, sometimes…

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