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

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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for girlfriend's killing updated 11 hours 37 minutes 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 12 hours 1 minutes ago

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

The parasite keeping millions in poverty updated 13 hours 14 minutes 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 15 hours 36 minutes 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 15 hours 52 minutes 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 16 hours 13 minutes 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 1 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 1 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 1 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.

#BringBackOurGirls: Will it happen? Nigeria says yes; Boko Haram silent updated 1 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

Inside the world's worst Ebola outbreak updated 1 days ago

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

How Nigeria's brutal schoolgirl abduction shocked the world updated 2 days ago

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

Boko Haram victim: I cried for someone to help me, but no one would come updated 2 days ago

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

Boko Haram Fast Facts updated 3 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 3 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 4 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.

Desmond Tutu Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

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

Senegal is free from Ebola, WHO says updated 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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.

Ode to elegance: Meet the 'Afro-dandies' updated 7 days ago

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

Oscar Pistorius a 'broken man,' psychologist says at sentencing hearing updated 8 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 8 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.

Blast rocks Somalia's capital, killing at least 10 people, police say updated 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 days ago

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

Women with wings: Female pilots making history updated 13 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 15 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 20 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 23 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 25 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 26 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 26 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 27 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 27 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 ends 3-day nationwide Ebola lockdown updated 29 days ago

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

Sierra Leone starts nationwide lockdown to stop spread of Ebola updated 31 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 31 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 32 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 32 days ago

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

Step into a supermodel's shoes with Liya Kebede updated 33 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 33 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 33 days ago

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

Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world updated 34 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 34 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 35 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 36 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 36 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 37 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 38 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 38 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 38 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 38 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 38 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 39 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 39 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 40 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 40 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 40 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 41 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.

Rights group: African Union soldiers raped, exploited Somali women, girls updated 42 days ago

African Union soldiers in Somalia have raped and sexually exploited women and girls on their military bases, Human Rights Watch alleges in a new report.

Baby boy with eight limbs progressing well after successful operation updated 42 days ago

A team of Ugandan doctors has successfully operated a three-month old boy who had been born with four legs and four arms.

Suicide bombing kills 16, Somali official says updated 43 days ago

A suicide bomber hit an African Union Mission in Somalia convoy on Monday, killing 16 people, Lower Shabelle Gov. Adukadir Mohamed Sidi told CNN.

Sierra Leone plans nationwide lockdown to stop spread of Ebola updated 43 days ago

Sierra Leone plans a three-day nationwide lockdown in an attempt to halt an Ebola outbreak, a move that a leading charity group said Saturday will not help.

Al-Shabaab names successor to slain leader; Somalia on high alert updated 44 days ago

The Somalia-based Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has named a successor to its leader killed in an American airstrike this week, a spokesman

Top Somali militant killed in U.S. operation, Pentagon says updated 46 days ago

Ahmed Godane, the leader of the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, was killed in a U.S. military operation this week, the Pentagon said Friday.

Oscar Pistorius murder verdict: How the judge will decide updated 47 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?

'Miracle at sea': 25 survive Marine copter crash updated 48 days ago

"Absolute blessing" that all 25 survived military chopper crash in Gulf of Aden, U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman says.

U.S. official: Attack targets Al-Shabaab leader, but his fate is unknown updated 48 days ago

U.S. commandos attacked a site in Somalia, trying to kill Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, says a U.S. official -- though its effect is unclear.

Ruthless leader aims to extend reach of Al-Shabaab, eyes the West updated 49 days ago

Al-Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu Zubayr wanted to be able to deliver devastating attacks beyond Somalia. An airstrike may have ended his reign of terror.

Al-Shabaab grew amid Somalia's lawlessness updated 49 days ago

Here is a Q&A that looks at the Al-Shabaab network, al Qaeda-linked militant group.

Al-Shabaab grew amid Somalia's lawlessness updated 49 days ago

Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at Kenyan mall on Saturday. Here is a Q and A:

Comedy Gold: Who are the funniest people in Africa? updated 49 days ago

Top Kenyan comic "Churchill" names the best comedians to watch from Africa.

Liberia's President warns Ebola outbreak could become a 'global crisis' updated 49 days ago

Villages in Lofa County, Liberia, have been ravaged by Ebola. The nation's President issues another warning.

U.S. military conducts operation in Somalia, Pentagon says updated 49 days ago

U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

Funerals, ghost towns and haunted health workers: Life in the Ebola zone updated 50 days ago

As Ebola spreads in West Africa CNN goes to the front line ghost towns where bio-suit techs bury the dead.

Report: Cargo plane crashes in Algeria, killing 7 updated 50 days ago

A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff in mountainous southeastern Algeria on Saturday morning, killing seven people who were aboard, Algerian state-run news agency Algerie Presse Service reported.

Libyan militia uses vacated U.S. Embassy in Libya as swim club updated 50 days ago

Libyan militia members have apparently turned the abandoned U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, into a water park, in video posted to YouTube on Sunday.

Lesotho Prime Minister alleges army coup attempt, forced into hiding updated 51 days ago

An attempted military coup took place Saturday in the African nation of Lesotho, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said.

12 dead in Islamist attack on Somali prison updated 51 days ago

Islamist rebels from Al-Shabaab attacked a prison in Somalia on Sunday and were fought off by security guards, official says.

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