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How damaging was Oscar Pistorius' cross examination? updated 6 hours 18 minutes ago

What is Oscar Pistorius charged with?

Jacob Zuma Fast Facts updated 23 hours 46 minutes ago

Here's a look at the life of Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius: I didn't consciously pull the trigger updated 1 days ago

Oscar Pistorius says he didn't consciously pull the trigger the night he shot and killed his girlfriend in his home

South Sudan Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about South Sudan, a landlocked country in east-central Africa, bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. In 2011, South Sudan became the world's newest country after gaining its independence from Sudan.

Pop art protection: How these funky condoms could save countless lives updated 1 days ago

The Center for African Family Studies in Nairobi is creating eye-catching condom wrappers to promote safe sex.

Life on the brink: Africa's dying species updated 1 days ago

Africa is home to much unique wildlife, but many of its iconic species are threatened. Find out more about its most endangered animals.

Blast kills 71 people at bus station in Nigeria updated 1 days ago

At least 71 people were killed when a parked vehicle exploded at a bus station in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Monday morning, Nigerian officials said.

Prosecutor rips at Pistorius' version of events in murder trial updated 1 days ago

The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius accused him on Monday of "tailoring" his version of how he killed his girlfriend.

Oscar Pistorius on trial: Explore each side's case updated 2 days ago

2 Muslim Brotherhood members killed as unrest sweeps Egypt updated 2 days ago

Unrest and dissension rolled across Egypt as authorities killed two Muslim Brotherhood members during a gunfight and clashed with protesters in several cities.

Gerrie Nel: 'Bull dog' prosecutor sinks teeth into Oscar Pistorius at murder trial updated 2 days ago

He's known as the "bull dog" in South Africa's legal circles, and just days in to Gerrie Nel's merciless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius, it's easy to see why.

After attack on family, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni steps down updated 2 days ago

Libya's newly appointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni stepped down from his post on Sunday after an attack on him and his family.

Egypt Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at what you should know about 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.

Oscar Pistorius accused of inventing account in third day of cross-examination updated 4 days ago

Oscar Pistorius faced another day of relentless cross-examination Friday as the prosecution sought to pick holes in his account in the killing of his girlfriend.

Kenyan aid workers rescued in Somalia updated 4 days ago

Two Kenyan aid workers who had been held by the al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab since 2011 have been rescued near Somalia's border with Kenya.

Mo Ibrahim: Now is the time for Afro-realism updated 5 days ago

Over the last 20 years, the narrative on the African continent has shifted from Afro-pessimism to Afro-optimism. The truth lies somewhere in between.

U.N. approves peacekeepers for Central African Republic updated 5 days ago

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force for the strife-torn Central African Republic.

Oscar Pistorius says he never picked on Reeva Steenkamp updated 6 days ago

Oscar Pistorius said that he never picked on girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and that he didn't get a chance to tell her that he loved her before she died.

Oscar Pistorius grilled by prosecutor: 'You shot and killed her. Say it' updated 6 days ago

Oscar Pistorius faced a relentless cross-examination Wednesday in his murder trial. Prosecutors say he intended to kill girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Chunky knitwear, tasteful v-necks: South Africa's Xhosa get a style makeover updated 6 days ago

A South African designer is making sure that when Xhosa boys come of age, they're dressed to the nines.

Is Egypt in the midst of a sexual harassment epidemic? updated 6 days ago

A university student cowers in a pharmacy as a mob outside threatens her with sexual violence. A law student is groped by her classmates, the dean cites her "inappropriate attire." Frightening allegations but advocates say this is an everyday reality for women in Cairo.

Somalia Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Somalia, an impoverished, war-torn eastern African country that borders the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The day that changed Kenya: How medics saved lives in deadly Westgate attack updated 7 days ago

When gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, Abbas Gullet was one of the first emergency responders on the scene.

Omar al-Bashir Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir.

Oscar Pistorius: 'That's the moment that everything changed' updated 7 days ago

Oscar Pistorius gave a dramatic account of the time leading up to the moment when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

'Honeymoon murder' suspect extradited to South Africa updated 8 days ago

The British businessman accused of ordering a hit on his new wife while on honeymoon in South Africa will appear in a Cape Town court on Tuesday.

Sobs, cries as Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide updated 8 days ago

Rwanda held solemn commemorations to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide, with survivors overcome with emotion as they relived the trauma of the killings.

Rwandans continue to struggle with the legacy of genocide two decades later updated 8 days ago

Twenty years on from the 100 days of the Rwandan genocide, many in the African nation still search for closure.

Oscar Pistorius opens defense with tearful apology to Steenkamp family updated 8 days ago

An emotional Oscar Pistorius apologized Monday to the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he killed on Valentine's Day last year, saying he woke up thinking of them and praying for them every day.

Oscar Pistorius trial: How will the defense fight back? updated 8 days ago

Was Reeva Steenkamp's death at Oscar Pistorius' hands murder? Defense lawyer Barry Roux will try to convince a South African judge it wasn't.

Oscar Pistorius opens defense with tearful apology to Steenkamp family updated 8 days ago

An emotional Oscar Pistorius apologized Monday to the family of Reeva Steenkamp, saying he woke up thinking of them and praying for them every day.

Oscar Pistorius Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter from South Africa.

U.N. chief warns against repeat of Rwanda in Central African Republic updated 9 days ago

UN Secretary Ban-Ki-moon warned officials in the embattled Central African Republic not to repeat the mistakes that led to the Rwanda genocide 20 years ago.

'Nigeria's Mark Zuckerberg' puts tech into higher learning updated 9 days ago

At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.

U.N.: Soldiers from Chad killed civilians in neighboring Central African Republic updated 11 days ago

U.N.: Soldiers from Chad killed about 30 civilians in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui last week.

Oscar Pistorius trial: How will the defense fight back? updated 12 days ago

Was Reeva Steenkamp's death at Oscar Pistorius' hands murder? Defense lawyer Barry Roux will try to convince a South African judge it wasn't.

Remembering -- and trying to forget -- Rwanda's genocide, 20 years on updated 12 days ago

Every year, beginning in April, Rwanda's government urges its citizens to "Kwibuka" -- the Rwandan word for "remember." To remember the hundreds of thousands of lives lost during the country's 1994 genocide.

Rights group says Central African Republic militias massacre men, boys updated 12 days ago

Christian militia fighters killed at least 72 Muslim men and boys in two attacks in the strife-torn Central African Republic, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Egyptian extremist group says it's behind Cairo blasts updated 13 days ago

An extremist group calling itself Soldiers of Egypt, or Agnad Masr, claimed responsibility Thursday for three blasts outside Cairo University a day earlier.

Last chance to see: Disappearing glaciers in the 'Mountains of the Moon' updated 13 days ago

Spectacular glaciers in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains could be gone within 20 years.

Egypt: Blasts at Cairo University kill officer, wound 5 updated 14 days ago

An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed and five others were injured in bombings outside Cairo University, the Interior Ministry said.

EU launches military operation in Central African Republic updated 14 days ago

The European Union announced in a news release that it is launching a military operation to restore stability to the Central African Republic.

Cosmetics queen battles against skin bleaching updated 15 days ago

As CEO of a cosmetic empire in Ghana, Grace Amey-Obeng has been on a 25-year mission to enhance natural beauty and halt the rise of skin bleaching practices.

Gadhafi's son Saadi apologizes to the people of Libya in video updated 16 days ago

Libyan state television has aired a video of Moammar Gadhafi's son Saadi in which he apologized to the nation from prison.

Guinea: Ebola death toll reaches 70 updated 16 days ago

At least 70 people are reported to have died from Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, according to a statement from the West African nation's health ministry.

Kofi Annan Fast Facts updated 17 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Oscar Pistorius trial postponed due to illness of assessor updated 18 days ago

Was Reeva Steenkamp's death at Oscar Pistorius' hands murder? Starting Friday, defense lawyer Barry Roux will try to convince a South African judge it wasn't.

Adama Paris to fashion industry: 'Stop discrimination, black is beautiful' updated 20 days ago

"I am sick and tired of seeing only skinny blonde girls and no black women in the runway," says Senegalese designer Adama Paris, Black Fashion Week creator.

Egypt: Trial of 683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters adjourned updated 21 days ago

The case against 683 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was adjourned Tuesday until next month, a defense lawyer said.

Uganda prepares for safe repatriation of Congolese refugees updated 21 days ago

Uganda looks for a safe way to send home surviving Congolese refugees after their boat capsized, killing 108.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters face death sentence: Will Egypt carry it out? updated 22 days ago

CNN assesses an Egyptian court's decision to sentence to death hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following violence last year.

Rapping for respect: Meet the 18-year-old singer standing up for women in Egypt updated 22 days ago

Meet Mayam Mahmoud, the young Egyptian singer tackling gender stereotypes through hip-hop.

528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt updated 22 days ago

An Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death Monday on charges related to violent riots in the Egyptian city of Minya.

More than 100 Congolese refugees killed in boat accident, Uganda says updated 22 days ago

The death toll after from a boat accident on Lake Albert between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo climbed to 107, Ugandan authorities said Monday.

Reeva to Oscar Pistorius: 'I'm scared of you sometimes' updated 22 days ago

Reeva Steenkamp told Oscar Pistorius she was afraid of him less than three weeks before he shot and killed her, the judge in his murder trial was told Monday.

Detained journalist 'will enjoy all his rights,' Egyptian leader says updated 22 days ago

Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour says jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy "will enjoy all his rights guaranteed by Egyptian law."

At least 59 people dead in Guinea Ebola outbreak updated 24 days ago

An Ebola outbreak has killed at least 59 people in Guinea, UNICEF said, as the deadly hemorrhagic fever has quickly spread in the West African nation.

Oscar Pistorius murder trial extended to mid-May updated 24 days ago

The murder trial of "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius will now continue until the middle of May, the South African court hearing the case said Sunday.

Boat capsizes off Uganda, at least 19 people die updated 24 days ago

At least 19 people died Saturday when a boat carrying Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert, police said.

U.S. forces hand seized oil tanker back to Libya updated 24 days ago

U.S. forces have handed possession of a tanker carrying an illegal oil shipment back to the Libyan government, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli said Saturday.

How Westgate changed the lives of Kenyans updated 25 days ago

To mark six months since the attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall, CNN asked Kenyans how they have moved on with their lives.

'Death Then, Life Now': Intimate images capture the new Rwanda updated 26 days ago

A new exhibition showcases insightful snapshots of daily life in today's Rwanda as seen through the eyes of local photographers.

Wang, Africa's last polar bear, heartbroken over death of companion updated 26 days ago

Wang, Africa's last polar, bear spends his days grieving his longtime companion at a zoo in Johannesburg, a far cry from his Arctic habitat.

Oscar Pistorius to sell Pretoria home for legal costs updated 27 days ago

Oscar Pistorius plans to sell his Pretoria home "to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," a statement on his website said Thursday.

Frederik Willem de Klerk Fast Facts updated 27 days ago

Here's an in-depth look at the life of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, F.W. de Klerk.

Oscar Pistorius could take stand next week in murder trial updated 27 days ago

The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder case expects to rest early next week, prosecutor Gerrie Nel announced unexpectedly on Wednesday.

How do you mend a child's broken heart? Tales of triumph from a top surgeon updated 28 days ago

Pediatric cardiologist Betty Gikonyo reveals what led her to dedicate her life to help disadvantaged children receive urgent medical care.

Navy SEALs take back control of hijacked tanker updated 28 days ago

U.S. Navy SEALs have taken control of a commercial tanker that had been seized by three armed Libyans this month.

Police used lasers to track Oscar Pistorius gunshots, murder trial hears updated 28 days ago

Police used lasers to track path of bullets that Oscar Pistorius fired through a door, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a ballistics expert testified.

At least 10 killed in car bombing at Libyan military base, Health Ministry says updated 30 days ago

A car bomb at a military base has killed at least 10 people in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the latest violence to wrack the cradle of Libya's uprising.

Oscar Pistorius trial enters third week; gun dealer says he knew the law updated 30 days ago

Third week of Oscar Pistorius trial begins Monday in South Africa over whether Pistorius intentionally murdered his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Gory details lend Oscar Pistorius trial a 'CSI' flavor updated 31 days ago

As it entered its second week, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial turned into an episode of "CSI," replete with gory autopsy details and photographs of the crime scene. Even the bathroom door through which he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was reassembled and put up in court.

Ex-police commander's testimony aids defense at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial updated 33 days ago

The top police commander on the scene the night that Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp testified against the Olympic athlete at his murder trial Friday.

Is this an alien landing site, ancient monument, or something else? updated 33 days ago

A huge spiral in the Sahara had Google Earth users baffled by what it could be. So what exactly is it?

Gruesome shooting scene photos sicken Oscar Pistorius at murder trial updated 33 days ago

Gruesome images shown at his murder trial Thursday were too much for Oscar Pistorius to take. He vomited.

Would you feel comfortable being a slave tourist? Ghana hopes 'roots tourism' brings more visitors updated 34 days ago

Roots tourism is bringing African-Americans and other members of African diaspora to the seaside town of Cape Coast in Ghana

Ousted PM left Libya on way to 'another European country' updated 34 days ago

Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan left the country Tuesday, stopping in Malta en route to "another European country," Maltese media reported.

Police expert: Oscar Pistorius not wearing prosthetic legs after shooting updated 35 days ago

Police forensic expert: It appears Pistorius not wearing his prosthetic legs when he knocked down bathroom door with cricket bat after killing his girlfriend.

Tunisia sex workers call for brothel to reopen in resort of Sousse updated 35 days ago

Prostitutes call on the Tunisian government to reopen a brothel in the coastal resort town of Sousse, after a court ruling shut it down more than a year ago.

'I watched a man be executed': Football heals scars of Liberia's civil war updated 35 days ago

A football training scheme is helping children growing up in the aftermath of Liberia's civil war.

Oscar Pistorius shot gun out of car without warning, judge hears updated 35 days ago

Reeva Steenkamp suffered three devastating injuries, any one of which could potentially have killed her, when her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius shot her.

The long goodbye: Why funerals are big deals in Ghana updated 35 days ago

Funerals in Ghana are not only an occasion to mourn. They are also an opportunity to celebrate the life of the dearly departed.

Libyan PM dismissed after tanker escapes with rebel oil updated 35 days ago

Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after months of political infighting that has crippled the North African country.

Libya, rebels argue over who controls oil tanker -- and Libya's oil updated 36 days ago

A shooting dispute over an oil tanker is one snapshot in a bigger picture of who controls -- and who profits from -- Libyan oil sales.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Four unanswered questions, and an answered one updated 36 days ago

In the first week of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, it became clear that the judge's verdict would hinge on several questions that, so far, remain unanswered.

Oscar Pistorius sick as murder trial hears autopsy details updated 37 days ago

Oscar Pistorius breaks down in court as he hears a pathologist talk about the nature of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's injuries after he shot her dead last year.

Poachers turn game-keepers in battle to protect Ghana's Kakum National Park updated 37 days ago

Isaac Owusu knows the forests of Kakum National Park in Ghana like the back of his hand.

Libyan 'force' goes after threatened oil tanker in rebel-held port updated 37 days ago

"A force" has been mobilized by the Libyan government to deal with a North Korean-flagged ship that's been docked for days in a rebel-held port, ministers say.

Libyan leader threatens to bomb North Korean oil tanker updated 38 days ago

Libya's prime minister threatened Saturday night to bomb a North Korean-flagged ship that had entered a rebel-held oil port.

Ex-girlfriend: Pistorius cheated on me, kept gun by his bed updated 40 days ago

A doctor and neighbor of Oscar Pistorius who was the first person at the scene of Reeva Steenkamp's shooting testifies for a second day at his murder trial.

NekNominate: Binge drinking game inspires random acts of kindness updated 40 days ago

South Africans are fed up with NekNominate -- the online drinking game that's turned deadly. Their solution? Do some good -- and pay it forward.

Egypt's trial for Al Jazeera journalists adjourned till March 24 updated 40 days ago

The trial of three Al Jazeera English journalists accused of terrorist activity in Egypt is adjourned till March 24.

Oscar Pistorius breaks down as trial hears grisly details of girlfriend's killing updated 41 days ago

Oscar Pistorius broke down in court Thursday as a neighbor described the grisly scenes when he tried to save the athlete's mortally wounded girlfriend.

Tunisia lifts state of emergency updated 41 days ago

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki lifted his country's state of emergency, according to a statement issued Thursday on Facebook.

The African savannah is even more beautiful from a bird's-eye view updated 41 days ago

A photographer took to an ultra-light aircraft to capture Botswana's savannah from above. The results are amazing.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Witness recounts accidental shooting in restaurant updated 41 days ago

Oscar Pistorius asked friend to take blame when he accidentally discharged a gun under the table at a restaurant, the court in his murder trial heard Wednesday.

Egypt court bans all activities by Hamas updated 42 days ago

A Cairo court has banned all activities by Hamas in Egypt, calling the Palestinian movement that runs Gaza a terrorist organization.

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