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‘Gambia Is Back Again,’ but Its New Leader Is Still in Senegal

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:16:07 GMT

A ferry carrying people who fled Gambia arrived back in the country after the former president, Yahya Jammeh, relinquished power on Saturday.President Adama Barrow has been in the neighboring nation for a week. The incumbent he defeated, Yahya Jammeh, had refused to step down until Saturday.

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Defeated Gambian Leader Ends Standoff and Boards a Flight Into Exile

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:53:44 GMT

A ferry bringing back people who fled Gambia because of its political crisis arrived at the port in Banjul on Saturday.Yahya Jammeh, who was defeated in an election last month, announced that he would step down, sending a wave of relief through the nation.

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A Colonial-Era Wound Opens in Namibia

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:34:24 GMT

Protesters splashed paint on a statue in Swakopmund, Namibia, that commemorates German soldiers who helped crush a rebellion by the Herero and Nama ethnic groups.More than a century after the genocide of two African ethnic groups, a city that retains strong German ties is divided over the fate of a war memorial.

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Death Toll Escalates in Mistaken Bombing of Nigerian Camp

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:11:17 GMT

Onlookers waited outside the gates of a hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria, for people wounded when an air force plane bombed a refugee camp.Doctors Without Borders said 90 people had died in the bombing, nearly double the initial toll, and quoted residents as saying that 170 may have perished.

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Yahya Jammeh Agrees to Step Down, as 45,000 Flee Amid Gambia Standoff

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:42:23 GMT

Gambians at the Escal refugee camp in the border town of Karang, Senegal, on Friday.Amid political paralysis in the country, the United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis as refugees flood across the border to Senegal.

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Troops Enter Gambia as New President Is Sworn In

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:55:45 GMT

Adama Barrow, the newly elected president of Gambia, after being sworn in on Thursday in a ceremony at an embassy in neighboring Senegal.Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s leader for 22 years, is refusing to make way for the newly elected president, Adama Barrow, who has yet to enter his own country as president.

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William Onyeabor, Reclusive African Electro-Funk Pioneer, Dies at 70

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:43:07 GMT

Mr. Onyeabor in an undated photo. “I only compose the type of music that will help the world the way it counts,” he once said.Mr. Onyeabor, whose music reached a new audience decades after he created it, composed, played and produced hypnotic electronic tracks infused with unmistakably African elements.

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Trilobites: Fishing for Clues to Solve Namibia’s Fairy Circle Mystery

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:59:49 GMT

A fairy circle in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Namib Desert.The new study suggests that both termites and plants may be jointly responsible for forming fairy circle landscapes in Namibia.

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Reporter's Notebook: When Journalism Meets Civil Disobedience

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:26:50 GMT

At Cédric Herrou’s habitat in the foothills of the Alps outside Nice, France, where African migrants hid last September before crossing the border.I had gotten a decent man in trouble while pursuing a good story.

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United Nations Memo: In South Sudan, Mass Killings, Rapes and the Limits of U.S. Diplomacy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:30:14 GMT

Samantha Power, center, the American ambassador to the United Nations, and members of the Security Council visited displaced people in Wau, South Sudan, last year.Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations, is known for advocating diplomacy to prevent atrocities, but poor timing has hampered efforts to avert a catastrophe.

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Death Toll in Mistaken Bombing of Camp in Nigeria Climbs to 70

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:35:28 GMT

The number killed in an errant bombing by a Nigerian military fighter jet on Tuesday included at least nine aid workers, humanitarian groups said Wednesday.

President’s Term Running Out, Gambia Shudders as He Refuses to Quit

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:25 GMT

The president’s refusal to accept his electoral loss to Adama Barrow, after initially doing so, threatens to drag the nation into a bloody standoff.

Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:00:15 GMT

A child born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, during an evaluation at Fundação Altino Ventura in Recife, Brazil. A group of prominent donors announced Wednesday that they had raised almost $500 million for a new partnership to stop epidemics before they spiral out of control.Japan, Norway and two foundations have pledged money to devise a strategy to speed up the international response to viral threats.

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Nigerian Jet Mistakenly Bombs Refugee Camp, Killing Scores

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:35 GMT

Bodies were covered with blankets after the bombing.The bombing struck a government-run camp in Rann, near the Cameroonian and Chadian borders, an area where Boko Haram had recently increased attacks.

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Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:04:51 GMT

A rail project by a Chinese construction company in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015. The Trump transition team asks, “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”The list of Africa-related questions from the transition staff suggests an American retreat from development and humanitarian goals.

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Lagos Slum Was Razed for Its Waterfront, Residents Say

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:07:24 GMT

Otodo Gbame, a poor fishing community on the shores of a lagoon in Lagos, was razed by the police and a group of young men, according to residents and local activists, who say the motive was to take the land for development.Activists in Otodo Gbame have decried the demolition of the community as an officially sanctioned land grab done at the behest of an influential family.

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Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:26:35 GMT

A frozen fox that was recovered from the Danube River in Germany in December.A macabre Twitter battle emerged after a group of scientists who study African carnivores starting sharing photos of prey from the field.

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Looking Back: Raw Telexes to the Times Home Office From a Civil War Zone

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:09 GMT

From left, freelance photographer Fiona McDougall, correspondent Donatella Lorch, Nairobi bureau chief Jane Perlez and news ops senior editor Walt Baranger with their translator, driver and escort.“We’re bracing for the invasion tonight. I’ll be on the roof of the cbs compound attempting to keep the radio link open.” Could this be 1992? Yes, if you’re in Somalia.

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United States to Lift Sudan Sanctions

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:02 GMT

United Nations peacekeepers at a refugee camp in Sudan on Monday. In exchange for the lifting of United States trade sanctions, Sudan has said it will improve access for aid groups, stop supporting rebels in neighboring South Sudan and cooperate with American intelligence agents.For the first time since the 1990s, the country will be able to trade extensively with the United States.

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A Soccer Star Caught in Poverty, a Risky Trip, and a Sorrowful End

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:29:23 GMT

Women walked past a stall selling cola nuts in Banjul, Gambia. The cost of living has soared in the country, prompting thousands of Gambians to try to reach Europe.Fatima Jawara, a Gambian goalkeeper, tried to follow the path of many African migrants: the “back way” across the Mediterranean to Europe. She was lost at sea.

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What in the World: Talking to In-laws Can Be Hard. In Some Languages, It’s Impossible.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

A geographically widespread practice known as avoidance speech imposes strict rules on how one speaks — or doesn’t — to the parents of a spouse.

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Op-Ed Contributor: South Sudan Cannot Be Allowed to Collapse

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:48:51 GMT

Peacekeeping troops patrol at night in the town of Abyei, disputed territory between Sudan and South Sudan, in December.Current leaders on all sides must be given a graceful exit and guarantees they won’t face criminal prosecution.

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Editorial: Regional Support for Gambia’s Elected Leader

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:21:01 GMT

Adama Barrow after his inauguration at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal.The despot Yahya Jammeh can avoid marring his legacy further by stepping aside peacefully.

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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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From Jingles to Pop Hits, A.I. Is Music to Some Ears

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:17:01 GMT

Ed Newton-Rex, left, and Patrick Stobbs founded Jukedeck, one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music.As A.I. applications become more sophisticated, the music that companies like Jukedeck produce has started wading into the commercial domain of actual musicians.

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Rita Moreno Aims to Hit the Right Accent on ‘One Day at a Time’

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:04:57 GMT

Rita MorenoThe much-awarded actress talks about trying to avoid stereotypes and about emotional moments on the set.

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N.F.C. Championship: Falcons Keep Pedal Down Against Packers

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:32:52 GMT

Julio Jones celebrated after a long catch-and-run touchdown to start the second half.Matt Ryan and the Falcons piled up more than 300 yards to build a huge lead in the first half. Stay here for live updates and analysis.

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Australian Open Upsets Knock Out No. 1s, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:55:38 GMT

Angelique Kerber during her fourth-round match against Coco Vandeweghe at the Australian Open on Sunday.Kerber lost to the 35th-ranked Coco Vandeweghe, and Mischa Zverev, ranked 50th, stunned Murray just days after Novak Djokovic’s elimination.

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Feature: To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:03 GMT

Sorted letters at the Office of Presidential Correspondence.Over eight years, through millions of letters, the staff of the White House mailroom read the unfiltered story of a nation.

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Feature: Who Decides Who Counts as Native American?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:03 GMT

Adelina Narte-Parker, one of the Nooksack 306, at her home in Indianola, Wash.Four years ago, the Nooksack in Washington State announced that they were expelling hundreds of members, setting off a bitter debate over tribal identity.

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