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Zambia's Guy Scott makes history as white president in sub-Saharan Africa updated 1 days ago

When Guy Scott takes the reins in Zambia, he'll become the first white African President in sub-Saharan Africa since apartheid.

Nigerian schoolgirls: Will Boko Haram free them or not? updated 2 days ago

Hopes for the released of kidnapped girls soared recently when the Nigerian government said it had reached a deal with the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Willy Wonka duo wants to put Ugandan chocolate on the map updated 2 days ago

When you think chocolate, you don't think "Uganda." But if two local entrepreneurs have their way, you will soon...

Desmond Tutu Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Oscar Pistorius Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympic sprinter sentenced to five years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Tunisia Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Tunisia, a country in northern African. Tunisia borders Algeria, Libya and the Mediterranean Sea.

Ode to elegance: Meet the 'Afro-dandies' updated 3 days ago

Combining colorful African patterns and textures with western accessories, House of Tayo produces striking bow ties, pocket squares and infinite scarfs.

Boko Haram kidnaps 30 in northeast Nigeria updated 3 days ago

Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls from a village in northeast Nigeria during the weekend.

South African soccer player Senzo Meyiwa shot and killed updated 3 days ago

South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed Sunday night during a botched robbery, authorities said.

The last kings of Africa updated 4 days ago

In Africa, royalty is an endangered species. Meet the photographer on a a mission to capture the last remaining kings and queens.

Reports: First confirmed Ebola patient in Mali dies updated 6 days ago

The first confirmed Ebola patient in Mali has died, according to state TV reports, citing government health officials.

Mali confirms its first case of Ebola, Health Ministry says updated 7 days ago

A 2-year-old girl in Mali has been diagnosed with Ebola, making her the West African country's first confirmed case, health officials said Thursday.

Despite so-called ceasefire, Boko Haram kidnappings continue updated 7 days ago

Despite government ceasefire claims, Boko Haram members have abducted at least 60 young women and girls from Christian villages in northeast Nigeria.

Explosion kills 5 people near bus station in Nigeria updated 8 days ago

An explosion near a bus station left five people dead and 12 others injured in northern Nigeria, police said Thursday morning.

Namibia's plan: Pay off poachers, save wildlife updated 9 days ago

Namibia's wildlife was saved from the brink of extinction. How? The government paid poachers to become protectors.

Steenkamp's parents 'satisfied' as Pistorius starts prison term updated 9 days ago

Reeva Steenkamp's parents said Tuesday they are "satisified" with the sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius

Boko Haram: A bloody insurgency, a growing challenge updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at what Boko Haram is and why has it turned into a Nigerian synonym for fear and bloodshed.

Boko Haram victim: I cried for someone to help me, but no one would come updated 9 days ago

With every attack by Islamist militants in Nigeria, Daniel Ayuba relives a nightmare.

Boko Haram: The essence of terror updated 9 days ago

There are many groups listed by the U.S. State Department as terrorists. But few fit the classic definition better than Boko Haram.

#BringBackOurGirls: Will it happen? Nigeria says yes; Boko Haram silent updated 9 days ago

The Nigerian government says that more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram in April are to be released as early as Monday

What will Oscar Pistorius face in prison? updated 9 days ago

Oscar Pistorius began serving a 5-year prison sentence Tuesday for his conviction on culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend last year.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for girlfriend's killing updated 10 days ago

From lauded athlete to convicted killer, Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace culminated Tuesday with a 5-year term in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp.

Was your car stolen? Stop the thieves in their tracks with a simple SMS updated 10 days ago

We use our phones for everything, so why not stop car criminals via text?

The parasite keeping millions in poverty updated 10 days ago

One of the most debilitating medical conditions in sub-Saharan Africa isn't fatal. In fact, it's curable. But that doesn't stop it from wreaking havoc.

Reeva Steenkamp: Model and law graduate with 'wicked' sense of humor updated 10 days ago

A week before her death, South African model Reeva Steenkamp talked about her secure, blissful environment.

Pistorius siblings speak out on eve of sentencing updated 10 days ago

The siblings of Oscar Pistorius say the lives of everyone close to the trial have already been changed forever.

Oscar Pistorius trial: 5 memorable moments that captivated the world updated 10 days ago

Here are five unforgettable moments from the months-long Oscar Pistorius trial.

Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge wins 2014 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award updated 11 days ago

A photo series capturing the Westgate terror attack has won a Kenyan journalist the top honors at this year's CNN MultiChoice African Journalism Awards.

Countdown to extinction: Only 6 northern white rhinos left on Earth updated 11 days ago

Unique? Suni was much more than that. He was one of seven northern white rhinos left on Earth. Now he's dead.

Ebola makes stigmatized, abandoned orphans updated 11 days ago

For nearly every Ebola grave there is a child who lost a parent in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Inside the world's worst Ebola outbreak updated 11 days ago

A doctor at a government-run Ebola center in Monrovia doesn't mince words: "Life is rough, and then you die."

Inside the world's worst Ebola outbreak updated 11 days ago

Although much has been made of the cases in Spain and the United States, nearly all of the people getting sick from Ebola are in West Africa.

How Nigeria's brutal schoolgirl abduction shocked the world updated 12 days ago

CNN's Arwa Damon reflects on traveling through West Africa and meeting Boko Haram's terrified victims.

Boko Haram Fast Facts updated 12 days ago

Here's a look at Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of Nigeria, whose purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law.

Despite ceasefire announcement, new Boko Haram attacks reported updated 12 days ago

Boko Haram stages new attacks a day after government announcement of ceasefire, residents say.

Nigeria, Boko Haram reach ceasefire deal, kidnapped girls to go free, official says updated 13 days ago

Nigerian officials on Friday say they've reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

Senegal is free from Ebola, WHO says updated 13 days ago

The West African nation of Senegal is free of Ebola, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Final arguments before Oscar Pistorius sentencing updated 14 days ago

In final arguments before sentencing, the defense calls Oscar Pistorius a broken man, and the prosecution says he must pay for taking his girlfriend's life

On homosexuality: Uganda's religious leaders updated 15 days ago

Photojournalist Daniella Zalcman asked Uganda's religious leaders what their views were on homosexuality. Some of their answers might surprise you.

Reeva Steenkamp's cousin urges prison term for Oscar Pistorius updated 15 days ago

The cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said South Africa's Oscar Pistorius should "pay for what he has done" with a prison sentence, at his sentencing hearing.

Geldof: Intervene immediately on Ebola before it spirals out of control updated 15 days ago

Containing the Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa is plausible -- but action needs to be taken immediately, before affected states potentially collapse and the virus spirals out of control, campaigner Bob Geldof says.

Quiet! Lagos bans car horns for a day updated 15 days ago

Here's what happened when drivers on Nigeria's busiest roads were asked to keep their hands off the car horn.

Liberia has shortage of body bags, supplies to fight Ebola outbreak updated 15 days ago

As the world reels from the Ebola epidemic, Liberia, the hardest-hit nation, says it has a shortage of body bags and other items needed to fight the virus.

Oscar Pistorius made payments to Reeva Steenkamp's parents, court told updated 16 days ago

Oscar Pistorius has been sending the family of Reeva Steenkamp a monthly payment since March 2013, a probation officer told his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

Oscar Pistorius a 'broken man,' psychologist says at sentencing hearing updated 18 days ago

Oscar Pistorius is a "broken man" after Reeva Steenkamp's death, a psychologist says, trying to convince a judge of Pistorius' fragile emotional state.

'A love letter to Nigeria': The master photographer who captured nation's life updated 18 days ago

Through a variety of exhibitions including one signed off by the photographer himself, Nigeria is presenting J.D. Okhai Ojeikere to the world one last time.

Oscar Pistorius verdict: South African judge decided athlete's fate updated 18 days ago

Oscar Pistorius judge Thokozile Masipa was a historic figure in South Africa even before the disabled athlete landed in her court on a murder charge.

Blast rocks Somalia's capital, killing at least 10 people, police say updated 18 days ago

A car packed with explosives blew up outside a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital Sunday evening, killing at least 10 people, police said.

Egypt Fast Facts updated 19 days ago

Here's a look at Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world. Egypt is located in North Africa and is bisected by the Nile River. It shares a border with Israel, Sudan and Libya. It also borders the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Ebola: U.S. troops battle invisible enemy in Liberia updated 19 days ago

The general and his soldiers have spent more than a decade at war in Iraq and Afghanistan but this could be one of their toughest battles yet.

Leela Hazzah: Transforming lion killers into 'Lion Guardians' updated 21 days ago

Leela Hazzah, founder of Lion Guardians has devoted her life to lion conservation.

Sierra Leone ends 3-day nationwide Ebola lockdown updated 21 days ago

Sierra Leone lifted Sunday a nationwide lockdown, which had been put in place to help stop the spread of Ebola.

Women with wings: Female pilots making history updated 23 days ago

Patricia Mawuli grew up in a mud shack in Ghana's bush country. Now, she's the country's first civilian pilot.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at ICC over charges linked to 2007 violence updated 23 days ago

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend a status hearing Wednesday in a case against him at the Hague-based International criminal Court.

Money cow: The economy-boosting bovine updated 24 days ago

Dr. Victoria Kisyombe used her cow to launch her globally-recognized lending institution.

Husband accused of plotting wife's death on honeymoon pleads not guilty updated 25 days ago

A millionaire British businessman accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa pleaded not guilty at his trial Monday.

Somalia Islamist militants abandon last stronghold to government forces updated 25 days ago

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has abandoned its last major stronghold of Barawe, after an assault by Somali and African Union forces.

9 peacekeepers killed in Mali, U.N. says updated 27 days ago

Nine U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an ambush Friday in Mali, a U.N. spokesman said.

The dinosaur that ate sharks for breakfast updated 27 days ago

Nazis, bomb raids, and a mysterious man with a mustache. The search for the spinosaurus reads like a spy novel.

Could this 'Smart Jacket' save thousands of motorcyclists' lives? updated 28 days ago

Two brothers are hoping to prevent thousands of fatalities on the roads of Kenya with their wearable tech.

Is this what a model should look like? updated 29 days ago

South African talk show host Refilwe Modiselle is causing a stir on the runway as Africa's first albino model.

Liberia's top medical officer is in Ebola quarantine updated 33 days ago

Liberia's chief medical officer is on a 21-day Ebola quarantine after her assistant died from the illness, according to health officials.

Hero rats sniff (and snuff) out landmines and TB updated 35 days ago

Can a rat be a hero? It can if it saves lives. Meet the giant rats that sniff out landmines and TB

Ebola crisis calls for 'strong' action, Obama tells United Nations updated 35 days ago

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a growing threat to regional and global security."

Nigeria: Troops killed man acting as Boko Haram leader updated 36 days ago

Nigerian forces battling the Islamist terror group Boko Haram have killed a man suspected of acting as the group's leader, Nigeria's Defense Ministry said.

French President: Islamic extremists beheaded French hostage updated 36 days ago

French hostage Herve Gourdel was abducted and beheaded, a killing shown on video, French President Francois Hollande told the U.N. General Assembly.

American journalist freed from Somali pirates updated 37 days ago

American journalist Michael Scott Moore, held for more than two years by Somali pirates, has been freed, Moore's family and a Somali official told CNN.

CDC: Ebola cases could reach at least 550,000 by January updated 37 days ago

The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could rise drastically by January if there are no "additional interventions," the CDC says.

A sanctuary for Malawi's broken wildlife updated 38 days ago

As Malawi's population grows, habitat for wildlife is shrinking. This reserve is fixing the country's animal castoffs.

Ugandan street kids reinvent the wheel... by turning old tires to stylish shoes updated 38 days ago

Reinventing the wheel? More like repurposing it. Ugandan street kids redesign tires into shoes for sustainable startup.

Life in the fast lane with South Africa's 'titanium woman' updated 38 days ago

In the largely male-dominated world of the motorsport, South African superbike racer Janine Davies is an anomaly.

Superpowers have failed us, so small nations must unite for climate revolution updated 38 days ago

No nation is immune to the impact of climate change but it is the world's poorest that will be hit the hardest, says Carlos Lopes of UNECA.

Sierra Leone starts nationwide lockdown to stop spread of Ebola updated 40 days ago

Sierra Leone started a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday in an effort to halt an Ebola outbreak that has left thousands dead in the region.

Boko Haram engaged in talks over kidnapped girls updated 40 days ago

Nigerian officials and International Red Cross in talks with Boko Haram about swapping prisoners for kidnapped school girls.

Rights group accuses Nigerian police of torture updated 41 days ago

Nigerian security forces routinely torture people -- including women and children -- taken in as suspects or for interrogation, Amnesty International has claimed in a graphic new report.

'Dead Beat Kenya' Facebook page claims to expose absentee parents updated 42 days ago

Private parental disputes in Kenya are going online -- and viral.

Step into a supermodel's shoes with Liya Kebede updated 43 days ago

Fashion season is back and Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede is welcoming us into her super chic world.

Wildlife 101: Can this school save the environment? updated 43 days ago

Can state-of-the art schools in rural Africa rescue the environment? One charity is betting on it.

Gunmen set off bombs, open fire at college in Nigeria; 13 die updated 43 days ago

Two use bombs and guns to attack a Nigerian college, then started shooting, killing at least 13 people, police say.

Where are Nigeria's missing girls? On the hunt for Boko Haram updated 43 days ago

The license plates on our police escorts' Land Cruisers read "Borno State, Home of Peace." Many of those we meet during our stay in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, smile bitterly at the irony of that statement. The state's capital is now better known as the birthplace of Boko Haram and peace here is always uncertain.

Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world updated 44 days ago

Mulatu Astatke changed the rules of jazz, and invented a new musical genre . The father of ethio-jazz reveals how Ethiopia shaped the science of music.

Death toll in the collapse of a Nigeria church guesthouse rises to 70 updated 44 days ago

The death toll in the collapse of a guesthouse at a church run by preacher T.B. Joshua in Lagos, Nigeria, has risen to at least 70, an official says.

Winners not witches: Ghana's disabled athletes strive to beat stigma updated 45 days ago

Ghana is a hard place for people with disabilities. The country's Paralympic athletes want to change that.

Log on and learn: The tech geeks working to transform Africa's education updated 46 days ago

Five digital natives from five very different African nations have come together to transform the continent's approach to education.

Ernest Cole: Brave photographer who exposed horrors of apartheid from within updated 46 days ago

Pioneering photographer Ernest Cole made it his life mission to capture the injustice of the apartheid system in South Africa.

At least 44 dead in Nigeria church building collapse, official says updated 46 days ago

Nigerian church building collapses, killing dozens, official says; more than 100 injured.

U.S. warns citizens in Uganda to stay home following alleged attack plot updated 47 days ago

U.S. officials warned their citizens in Uganda to stay indoors or go to a safe location Saturday as authorities raided a suspected terror cell.

Reeva Steenkamp's mother stunned by verdict, wants to meet Oscar Pistorius updated 48 days ago

The mother of South African model Reeva Steenkamp is expressing "disbelief" over dismissal of murder charges against the man who killed her daughter.

Reeva Steenkamp: Model and law graduate with 'wicked' sense of humor updated 48 days ago

A week before her death, South African model Reeva Steenkamp talked about her secure, blissful environment.

Oscar Pistorius verdict: What's next? updated 48 days ago

Now that a judge has found him guilty of negligent homicide, what's next for the man known as the Blade Runner?

Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligent killing of girlfriend, one gun charge updated 48 days ago

A judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, the South African term for unintentionally, but unlawfully, killing a person.

Rhinos on a plane: Life-saving mission across borders updated 49 days ago

To save the rhinos, one charity is moving them out of South Africa, where poaching is at an all time high.

Judge: Pistorius was negligent, but Steenkamp's killing was not murder updated 49 days ago

The night he killed Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius did not commit murder, the judge at his trial said Thursday.

A tragedy played out in a global glare: the Oscar Pistorius trial updated 50 days ago

It took Reeva's Steenkamp's death for people in South Africa and around the world to realize just how brightly Oscar Pistorius' star had ascended.

Oscar Pistorius trial: 9 things to know updated 50 days ago

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home last year.

Oscar Pistorius murder verdict: How the judge will decide updated 50 days ago

The prosecution and defense have made their cases, and now Judge Thokozile Masipa must decide: Did Oscar Pistorius murder his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp?

Oscar Pistorius murder trial enters final lap updated 51 days ago

The six-month-long murder trial of sprinter Oscar Pistorius in the shooting death of his girlfriend is now racing for the finish line.

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