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Mali Explosion Caused by Suicide Bombers in Kidal Mali Explosion Caused by Suicide Bombers in Kidal
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The AP reported this morning that an explosion rocked a UN World Food Programme storage facility in the town of Kidal in northern Mali. Two civilians died in the attacks and seven others were wounded by shrapnel. The targeted building …

Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood
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Slate published a story this week that may turn a few heads with the release of the new iPhone iterations: the biggest manufacturing trade group in the United States is in the midst of a court battle with the Securities …

Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood is Banned Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood is Banned

USA Today reported this morning that an Egyptian Court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a political organization and as a community organization. Authorities will be expected to seize all of its assets in an upcoming crackdown against Islamists in …

Nairobi Westgate Mall: Islamists Kill 25 Nairobi Westgate Mall: Islamists Kill 25

Islamists around the world are staging coordinated attacks with increasing regularity. Yesterday saw a series of coordinated attacks on the Arabian peninsula, and today sees al-Qaeda affiliated militants seizing a shopping mall, killing dozens and injuring 40. Witnesses say that …

King Mswati III of Swaziland Takes 14th Wife King Mswati III of Swaziland Takes 14th Wife
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Mswati III, polygynist king of Swaziland, has taken his 14th wife, an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant. Ludzidzini palace governor Timothy Mtetwa said Tuesday, “I can confirm that the king has introduced to the nation a new liphovela (royal fiancee).” Forty-five-year-old …

Crocodile Under Bed: Nightmare Comes True For Man Crocodile Under Bed: Nightmare Comes True For Man
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A crocodile found a nice warm spot to curl up in recently after getting out of the chilly rain; unfortunately for Guy Whitall, that nice warm spot was beneath his bed. 40-year old Whitall–a director at the Humani lodge in …

Water Is Life Ad Hits Hard With Kid’s Bucket List Water Is Life Ad Hits Hard With Kid’s Bucket List
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A new ad from Water Is Life, an organization dedicated to getting fresh water to underprivileged countries, is getting some attention for its heartbreaking premise. They say that 1 in 5 children in Africa won’t reach the age of five …

Singer Warda Al-Jazairia Gets A Google Doodle Singer Warda Al-Jazairia Gets A Google Doodle

In countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Google is showing a doodle celebrating what would have been the 74th birthday of Algerian-Lebanese singer Warda Al-Jazairia today. She was commonly known as simply “Warda”. The singer was actually born …

Boko Haram Insurgents Kill 42, Including Schoolkids Boko Haram Insurgents Kill 42, Including Schoolkids
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Gunmen killed dozens at a school in the northeast Nigerian town of Mamudo on Saturday. Believed to be members of the Islamist Boko Haram movement, the attackers herded students and staff into a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and firing …

Charlize Theron Tweets Support for Nelson Mandela Charlize Theron Tweets Support for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is reportedly still in critical condition in Pretoria, South Africa. The South African civil rights leader and former president is 94 and has been battling a severe lung infection since March. As Mandela was receiving a visit from …

Giraffes Are Apparently Really Scary [Video] Giraffes Are Apparently Really Scary [Video]

Giraffes are kind of cute, right? Sure, they’re big, but they always seemed really docile. Well, they apparently can get a little testy as one tour group found out. A tour group was filming their safari when they started to …

Google Explores The Internet’s Impact On African Businesses Google Explores The Internet’s Impact On African Businesses

Google wants to see the power of the Internet better harnessed in Africa so that the economy across the continent improves. The company discussed this in a post on its Europe Policy blog, and in this video uploaded to the …

HIV Test Technology Could Lead To Early Detection HIV Test Technology Could Lead To Early Detection
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HIV testing has long been a tedious thing for doctors and scientists, who generally use saliva tests which only detect the virus in its later stages. But now, a new method has been developed which could revolutionize the way testing …

These Mice May Lead To Humans Unlocking Regenerative Powers These Mice May Lead To Humans Unlocking Regenerative Powers

Humans can’t regenerate wounded areas of the body. Sure, we can grow scar tissue to cover up broken skin, but there’s no real tissue regeneration present. What if humans were able to become like Wolverine from the X-Men and regenerate …

Mutant Mosquito May Be The Cure For Malaria Mutant Mosquito May Be The Cure For Malaria
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We brought you word yesterday that Florida residents were up in arms over a British company that intended to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the Keys region. The reason being that these mosquitoes would not be carriers of the particularly …

Ethiopian Regime Criminalizes Skype And Other VoIP Services Ethiopian Regime Criminalizes Skype And Other VoIP Services
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In what some people are calling a response to the “Arab Spring” that recently swept across Northern Africa, the extremist regime currently running the impoverished nation of Ethiopia has outlawed Skype and other VoIP services. The new law prohibits all …

Google’s Boosting African News Challenge to Improve Journalism Google’s Boosting African News Challenge to Improve Journalism

Google, along with several other financial supporters such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the World Association of Newspapers & News Producers, have announced that it will be funding grants …

Donald Trump Insists “Apprentice” Sponsors Not Pulling Out Donald Trump Insists “Apprentice” Sponsors Not Pulling Out
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As reported yesterday, rumors have been flying concerning major sponsors withdrawing from Donald Trump’s reality show “Celebrity Apprentice” after a scandal erupted around his sons earlier this week. The brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric, are at the center of a …

Donald Trump’s Sons In Hot Water Over Hunting Pics Donald Trump’s Sons In Hot Water Over Hunting Pics
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Donald Trump claims to be against hunting for sport, but his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, apparently don’t feel the same way. The two have come under fire for recent photos emerging from their vacation to Africa last year, which …

Google Goes To Botswana, Offers Up Safari Street Views Google Goes To Botswana, Offers Up Safari Street Views

Later this year, Google Street View will officially be available in Botswana now that Google has decided to give that endlessly fun boots-on-the-ground mapping feature to Botswana. The map service will be replete with the usual street-level fare in order …

Shakira Mixes It Up With A Sea Lion In Africa Shakira Mixes It Up With A Sea Lion In Africa

While visiting Cape Town in South Africa, pop singer Shakira got too close to some local sea life and got a show of her own. She commented on the incident on her Facebook page in great detail. Obviously she does’t …