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African Billionaires Flourish as Population Explosion Starves Masses African Billionaires Flourish as Population Explosion Starves Masses
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If you want to know why humanity fails and succeeds, just compare Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people on one side and China, a continental size country of 1.35 billion on the other. In 1980, freshly liberated from the …

African Billionaires Numbered at 55 African Billionaires Numbered at 55
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In a recent study conducted by Ventures magazine, a Nigerian business magazine which champions capitalist developments in Africa, has identified at least 55 billionaires on the continent of Africa. While this number is a conservative estimate, according to founder Chi-Chi …

Biologist Discovers New Species of Tick… Up Nose

ScienceDaily reported that American biologist Tony Goldberg regularly travels to Kibale National Park in western Uganda to watch how infectious diseases travel throughout the wilds, but something he did not anticipate was finding an undiscovered species of tick up his …

Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive

As the news spread of coordinated U.S. Navy SEAL strikes against Islamist leaders on either side of the African mainland, Islamists elsewhere were launching attacks of their own. Iraq was rocked by a series of suicide bombings this weekend, Reuters …

Navy SEALs Somalia Assault Raises Strategic Questions
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Yesterday, Navy SEAL Team Six raided an al-Shabaab HQ in Barawe, Somalia. Although none of the SEALs were killed in the assault, a series of conflicting reports about the raid’s target were released, some of which claiming the individual was …

Black Hawk Down: 20 Years Since Military Disaster

The twentieth anniversary of one of the U.S. military’s greatest botched missions, “Black Hawk Down,” was yesterday. In celebration, the US government recently released the classified footage of the operation. The video above contains some of that footage, and 60 …

Weird Toxic Lake in Tanzania Turns Animals Into Statues
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The New Scientist reports that a bizarre lake in northern Tanzania is turning animals into calcified statues. Lake Natron, named for the compound that occurs naturally in its waters, looks like a description directly out of Dante’s Divine Comedy: a …

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

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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 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
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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

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 …