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U.N. Says Nearly One in Four Children Live in Conflict or Disaster Zones

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:01:51 GMT

About 535 million children worldwide now live in countries destabilized by conflicts and calamities, Unicef announced.



ISIS Remains Threat in Libya Despite Defeat in Surt, U.S. Officials Say

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:57:48 GMT

Forces aligned with the United Nations-backed unity government in Surt, Libya, in June. Libyan forces drove the Islamic State out of the city this week.Officials say surviving fighters could go underground and exploit the economic and political vacuum, threatening not only the country but also its neighbors and possibly Europe.


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Giraffes, Towering and Otherworldly, Are ‘Vulnerable’ to Extinction

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:56:59 GMT

A giraffe in Amboseli National park, Kenya, in August.The population of the world’s tallest land mammal has dropped by 40 percent in three decades, a report said.


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South African Sets Out to Paddle Across the Atlantic

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:35:06 GMT

Chris Bertish off the coast of Morocco on Tuesday. He plans to make a 4,600-mile, open-ocean passage unsupported and unassisted in his 20-foot craft.Chris Bertish, 42, a sailor and big-wave surfer using a custom-built stand-up paddleboard, has charted a course from Morocco to Florida.


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Jubilant Libyan Militias Declare Victory Over ISIS in Surt

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:10:44 GMT

A Libyan fighter allied with the United Nations-backed government waved the country’s flag from the ruins of a house in Surt after militias said they had driven out the Islamic State.The apparent end to the battle was another defeat for the Islamic State as its ambitions for a militant empire buckle on multiple fronts.


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Ghana Presidential Vote Hinges on Economic Perceptions

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:27:50 GMT

Nana Akufo-Addo, the front-runner opposition presidential candidate, at a campaign rally in Accra on Sunday.President John Mahama is emphasizing infrastructure projects ahead of the Wednesday vote. His opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo, says he can kick-start the economy.


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Dominic Ongwen, Ugandan Rebel Leader, Denies Charges at I.C.C. Trial

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:50:00 GMT

The commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group in central Africa, was charged in The Hague with 70 war crimes and crimes against humanity.



Global Health: Yellow Fever Epidemic in Africa Shows Gaps in Vaccine Pipeline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:17:42 GMT

A child being vaccinated against yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo in July. The outbreak was stopped by a huge vaccination campaign that stretched supplies by diluting doses.


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Gambians Celebrate Defeat of Longtime President

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:44:00 GMT

Adama Barrow, Gambia’s president-elect. His rise happened quickly late in the race.After Yahya Jammeh, who led Gambia for 22 years, lost an election on Thursday, thousands of people across the country welcomed the end of his oppressive government,


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Gambia’s President, in Power 22 Years, Loses Election

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:15 GMT

Adama Barrow, the opposition candidate, campaigning in Talinding, Gambia, on Tuesday. He was declared the winner on Friday.The electoral commission declared Adama Barrow the upset victor over Yahya Jammeh, one of Africa’s most eccentric leaders.


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One of World’s Most Wanted Hashish Smugglers Arrested in Morocco

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:01:21 GMT

Ben Ziane Berhili, one of the world’s most wanted hashish smugglers, was arrested in Casablanca.The capture of Ben Ziane Berhili was the highest-profile arrest yet in an operation that has seized $3.2 billion worth of hashish since 2013.


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Mont Péko Journal: Ousting Squatter Farmers to Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:30:02 GMT

Workers filling sacks with cocoa beans at an agricultural cooperative in Guiglo, Ivory Coast.Squatters using protected land to grow cocoa have helped strip the country of four-fifths of its woodlands. Now evicted, many of them are struggling to survive.


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Gambians Choose Between Ruler of 22 Years and a United Opposition

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:48:23 GMT

Voters at a polling station in Banjul, the Gambian capital, on Thursday.President Yahya Jammeh predicted a decisive win, but his challenger, Adama Barrow, said, “He is not going to be re-elected — his era is finished.”


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Tunisia Seeks Foreign Investment to Cement Democratic Gains

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:40:31 GMT

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed of Tunisia at Parliament in Tunis this month. Only three months into the job, he faces the urgent task of rescuing the economy.The country where the Arab Spring began five years ago is trying to bolster its economy, especially in the less developed interior, as it combats terrorism.


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Gambia’s Leader Vowed to Rule for a Billion Years. A Vote Will Test That.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:56:43 GMT

President Yahya Jammeh’s final rally in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday, ahead of the presidential election.Enthusiasm for President Yahya Jammeh’s rival has put into question the outcome of the country’s election and prompted fears of instability and violence.


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Trilobites: Study Suggests 3.2 Million-Year-Old Lucy Spent a Lot of Time in Trees

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:48:58 GMT

The fossil specimen of Australopithecus afarensis known as Lucy.The bones of the famous fossil were pretty thick, suggesting she had a ratio of strength between her arms and legs more like a chimp than a human.


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A.N.C. Rejects Calls for Jacob Zuma to Quit South African Presidency

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:44:28 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Johannesburg this month.Leaders of the African National Congress, after a debate among party members, reaffirmed their support for the unpopular leader.


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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa Faces Leadership Challenge

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:50:59 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, shown during the opening of parliament last year in Cape Town, has been embroiled in one scandal after another since taking office in 2009.The African National Congress’s national executive committee introduced, for the first time, a motion urging the embattled Mr. Zuma to step down.


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Global Health: Summer Project Turns Into Leukemia Testing Breakthrough

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:45:50 GMT

Researchers with a sample card with dried blood that can be used to test for chronic myeloid leukemia.What began as a student effort at a lab in Seattle produced a test for chronic myeloid leukemia that works with a few spots of dried blood on a paper card.


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Al Jazeera Film Critical of Egyptian Army Strains Egypt-Qatar Ties Further

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:55:16 GMT

Sameh Shoukry, the foreign minister of Egypt.The documentary, broadcast on a network owned by the Qatari government, accuses Egypt of abusing its recruits, and the country was quick to denounce it.


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A Forgotten Step in Saving African Wildlife: Protecting the Rangers

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:00:51 GMT

David Piroris, left, and Solomon Ngila of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s antipoaching dog unit in Kenya, training Maxo.Many park personnel, responsible for fending off poachers, go without basic necessities like boots, tents and health insurance. Some groups are trying to change that.


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Op-Ed Contributor: Making South Africa Great Again

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:15:55 GMT

An anti-government march in Pretoria, South Africa, last month.As in America, ‘exceptionalism’ can create dangerous myths about a country. But it can also inspire a powerful reform movement.


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Editorial: Gambia Finally Rejects Its Tyrant

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:21:19 GMT

Adama Barrow last week greeting supporters on the last day of the presidential campaign in Gambia.The upset defeat of Yahya Jammeh is a triumph for democracy on a continent where autocratic rule is the norm.


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Africa Takes Its Turn on the Runway

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:58:00 GMT

Tatum Keshwar, a former Miss South Africa, walks in David Tlale’s show on the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg in 2011.For “African Catwalk,” the Swedish photographer Per-Anders Pettersson spent five years documenting the energy of Africa’s emerging fashion industry.


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Lens Blog: Young Africans, Wrapped in Tradition

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:42:16 GMT

Soukeyna is studing marketing in France. She is wearing her great-grandmother’s outfit from Ivory Coast.Joana Choumali, a photographer from Ivory Coast, is documenting modern African women wearing traditional clothing. She said these portraits allow her subjects to reconnect with their family history.


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50-Minute Critic: Got an Hour? See the Met These 4 Ways

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:55:57 GMT

“Fragment of a Queen’s Face” (circa 1353–1336 B.C.), from Egypt, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.The collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a number of remarkable depictions of powerful women. Here’s our 50-minute critic’s guide.


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Show Us Your Wall: In Ella Fontanals-Cisneros’s Collection, Latin American Roots Run Deep

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:30:35 GMT

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros at her home in Miami with Juan Mele’s “Pintura No.30,” (1948), top left; Lygia Clark’s ”Unidade I,” (1958), bottom left; Ubi Bava’s “Circulos Estaticos-Dinamicos” (1955), center; Waldemar Cordeiro’s “Untitled” (1949), top right; and Alfredo Volpi’s ”Velas Nocturnas” (c. 1950), bottom right.Geometric abstraction from Latin America figures prominently in Ms. Fontanals-Cisneros’s collection of some 3,300 works.


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Conquering River, Jungle and the World’s Toughest Bike Race

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:07:31 GMT

The challenges of crossing railroad bridges in La Ruta de Los Conquistadores, an annual mountain bike race in Costa Rica, are many: ties slick with oil, yawning gaps and boys who delight in playfully taunting the racers.La Ruta de Los Conquistadores, a three-day race across Costa Rica, pits participants against steep climbs, muddy trails and waterways that may or may not contain crocodiles.


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Report Shows Vast Reach of Russian Doping: 1,000 Athletes, 30 Sports

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:39:20 GMT

The investigation provides a new level of detail, implicating more than 1,000 athletes and leaving little doubt about Russia’s state-sponsored cheating.


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