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By Stifling Migration, Sudan’s Feared Secret Police Aid Europe

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:45:09 GMT

Undocumented immigrants arrested last year by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces. The European Union has made the country a nerve center for an effort to counter human smuggling, but many migration advocates say the moral cost is high.Europe is outsourcing border management to distant countries, hoping to stop migrants before they cross the Mediterranean. But there may be a high moral cost.

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Satellite Images Reveal the Birth of a Drone Base

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:00:04 GMT

Dust storms, scorching temperatures and lengthy delivery times have put the Pentagon’s new drone base in the Sahara in Niger more than a year behind schedule and $22 million over its original budget. Here is what images from space revealed about the construction process that started in 2016.

Swaziland’s King Wants His Country to Be Called eSwatini

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:53:24 GMT

King Mswati III of Swaziland.It means “land of the Swazis” in the local language. The name Swaziland dates to the period of British colonial rule, which ended in 1968.

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Big Protests in South Africa Force Ramaphosa to End London Visit

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:44:41 GMT

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa was in London for his first visit to a meeting of Commonwealth leaders since February, when he replaced Jacob Zuma.The new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to curb corruption and increase economic growth — goals vital for the political survival of the governing African National Congress.

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3 American Mercenaries Are Convicted in Murder of Filipino Woman

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:03:12 GMT

Joseph Hunter, a former Army sergeant, was convicted in connection to mercenary work for a South African crime lord.The federal trial in Manhattan was built on the testimony of the defendants’ former boss, Paul Le Roux, a South African crime lord.

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Trilobites: Diamonds in a Meteorite May Be a Lost Planet’s Fragments

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:16:32 GMT

Fragments of the 2008 TC3, or Almahata Sitta, meteorite that fell to Earth in 2008. The diamonds discovered inside one of the fragment may have come from a protoplanet that orbited the sun billions of years ago.The space rock crashed in a desert in Sudan in 2008, and the flaws in its embedded minerals are like nothing seen in today’s solar system.

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South Africa to Investigate 2 A.N.C. Officials in Farm Corruption Case

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:33:00 GMT

Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National Congress, was the premier of the province of Free State from 2009 to this year.The inquiry will focus on senior African National Congress politicians, signaling that party figures could answer for abuses under former President Jacob Zuma.

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Pursuits: A Birder’s Paradise in Zimbabwe

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:11 GMT

Granite outcroppings at Matobo National Park, a 163-square-mile wilderness. One of the greatest concentrations of birds of prey in the world can be found among the towering rock formations and thick forests of Matobo National Park.

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Daphne Sheldrick, 83, Who Saved Orphaned Elephants, Is Dead

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:51:35 GMT

Daphne Sheldrick and her daughter Angela in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya in 1968. They posed with Eleanor, an orphaned elephant that was the subject of Ms. Sheldrick’s book, “An Elephant Called Eleanor.”A wildlife trust she established in Kenya took in young animals, including many who had lost their mothers to poachers.

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$21 Million in Assets Seized in South African Corruption Inquiry

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:01:03 GMT

Members of the South African Asset Forfeiture Unit and other law enforcement agencies arriving to search the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg on Monday.The assets belong to the Guptas, three brothers who built a business empire through their ties to former President Jacob Zuma, his family and political allies.

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Niger Ambush Suspect May Be in Custody, Officials Say

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:44:39 GMT

Soldiers from Niger during an exercise on the outskirts of the capital, Niamey, in February.The Nigerien authorities believe they may have captured Doundoun Cheffou, a militant leader tied to the deaths of four American soldiers in October.

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‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:59:11 GMT

A dairy farm turned out to be a classic South African fraud, prosecutors say: Millions of dollars from state coffers, meant to uplift the poor, vanished in a web of bank accounts controlled by politically connected companies and individuals.Since apartheid ended, African National Congress leaders have siphoned off tens of billions of dollars. Will South Africa’s new government confront such epic graft?

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