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Report: Cargo plane crashes in Algeria, killing 7 updated 1 hours 27 minutes 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.

Death toll passes 1,550 as Ebola outbreak accelerates, officials say updated 1 days ago

The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

U.N. Security Council passes Libya resolution amid concern over secret airstrikes updated 2 days ago

The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution on Libya calling for a ceasefire, amid a row over claims that Egypt and the UAE conducted airstrikes there.

Building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet updated 2 days ago

The Somali alphabet only dates back to 1972. Now, breakaway Somaliland is fighting for its literary heritage

Angry, scared and hungry: Inside the Ebola 'quarantine zone' updated 3 days ago

Inside the Ebola "quarantine line" around the West Point slum in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, more than 70,000 people are trapped.

Are myths making the Ebola outbreak worse? updated 4 days ago

More than 1,200 people have died as the deadliest ever outbreak of Ebola takes hold in West Africa, but despite information campaigns, fear is spreading even more quickly than the virus itself.

Ivory Coast closing borders in response to Ebola outbreak updated 4 days ago

Ivory Coast announced Saturday that it's closing its borders in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

35 Nigerian police officers missing after insurgent attack updated 5 days ago

35 Nigerian policemen are missing after an insurgent attack Saturday on a police training school, police said.

First WHO-affiliated worker stricken with Ebola updated 5 days ago

For the first time, a health care worker for a World Health Organization partner organization has fallen ill from Ebola, WHO told CNN on Sunday.

Tripoli airport seized in fight between Libyan militias updated 6 days ago

Control of Tripoli International Airport changed hands, after an alliance of Islamist militias from around Libya seized the reins from a rival group.

Second American infected with Ebola updated 7 days ago

A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for.

I survived Ebola, but villagers shunned me updated 7 days ago

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground, with the WHO reporting 844 cases including 518 deaths since the epidemic began in March.

Glimmer of hope seen in Ebola outbreak updated 9 days ago

The number of deaths from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has climbed to 1,229, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Designer shuns medical school to build 'jewelry empire' updated 9 days ago

It takes a lot of guts to choose jewelry design over a career in medicine, but then, Janet Fredman isn't the kind of woman to shy away from challenges.

Liberia Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at Liberia, a West African nation which borders the North Atlantic Ocean, and lies between Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire.

She's written plays, built libraries and started an orchestra... Meet Mulenga Kapwepwe, Zambia's patron of the arts updated 11 days ago

Mulenga Kapwepwe has single-handedly created an explosion of arts in Zambia.

Ebola facility in Liberia attacked; patients flee updated 11 days ago

Gunmen attacked a facility treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, and some patients fled.

The 'exploding lake' that could power Rwanda updated 11 days ago

Rwanda's Lake Kivu houses enough methane to cause major destruction. Instead, it could power the country

Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram updated 12 days ago

Chadian troops have rescued 85 Nigerians kidnapped last week by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, security and human rights sources in Nigeria said.

2 UN peacekeepers killed in latest in spate of attacks in Mali updated 13 days ago

Two U.N. peacekeepers died and nine others were hurt in a suicide attack Saturday in Mali, the U.N. mission there said.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 97, kills 28 in raid updated 14 days ago

The Islamist terror group Boko Haram kidnapped 97 people and killed 28 in a raid on villages in northeast Nigeria, a local leader and residents said Friday.

Africa's last polar bear dies after months of grieving longtime companion updated 16 days ago

The last polar bear in Africa died Wednesday after months of grieving his longtime companion at a zoo in Johannesburg, a far cry from his Arctic habitat.

Treating Ebola in Sierra Leone: 'We are two steps behind' updated 21 days ago

It's Monday, mid-morning as we drive east down rain-slicked roads. There are no cars, no trucks, and no people. Sierra Leone's government demanded a shutdown and its citizens are listening. The West African nation crippled by Ebola is responding to the outbreak through a day of prayer and reflection.

Oscar Pistorius murder verdict: How the judge will decide updated 21 days ago

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

Oscar Pistorius trial closing arguments end; verdict in 5 weeks updated 21 days ago

Oscar Pistorius' defense started a last day of closing arguments in a murder trial that has seen the Olympic star gag, vomit and break down in sobs.

WW1's untold story: The forgotten African battlefields updated 21 days ago

As the world commemorates the Centenary of the Great War, the African side of this story remains a footnote, despite huge losses of human lives.

Oscar Pistorius trial: 13 things to know as case resumes updated 22 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.

Reeva Steenkamp: Model, law graduate and 'sweetest human being' updated 22 days ago

South African model Reeva Steenkamp was killed early Thursday in a shooting at the home of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, her boyfriend.

Murder or a horrible accident? Final arguments in Oscar Pistorius trial updated 22 days ago

Oscar Pistorius' murder trial is wrapping up Thursday with final arguments. The athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, last year.

Captured: Life in an abandoned airport updated 23 days ago

While covering the Congo conflict, photographer Michael Christopher Brown found a makeshift playground in an empty airport.

12-tier cakes and VIP toilets: Inside Nigeria's lavish wedding industry updated 24 days ago

Meet the ingenious entrepreneurs wanting to get a slice of Nigeria's wedding industry cake.

'Africa is no longer a sleeping giant': Twitter reacts to U.S.-Africa Summit updated 24 days ago

This week, African leaders gathered in Washington for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit -- and Africans at home had a lot to say on the matter.

These are the African writers you should be reading right now updated 24 days ago

A growing list of popular African authors have been steadily picking up steam --and fans -- across the globe over the last several years.

Can a palm weevil cure world hunger? updated 24 days ago

Can a palm weevil cure world hunger? Five MBA students are banking their business on it.

Uganda court strikes down anti-gay law updated 28 days ago

Uganda's Constitutional Court on Friday struck down a new law that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison, asserting that legislative technicalities weren't properly observed when it passed, a government spokesman said.

Mauritius: The world's melting pot updated 30 days ago

With a mix of Indian, African, French and Chinese influences, Mauritius represents a cultural smorgasbord.

2nd 'black box' found from Air Algerie crash in Mali, U.N. official says updated 33 days ago

France has declared a three-day mourning period to commemorate the victims of the Air Algerie Flight 5017 crash.

Boko Haram blamed in abduction of Cameroonian official's wife updated 33 days ago

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday abducted the wife of the Cameroonian deputy prime minister in a dawn attack on his home village

Transforming lion killers into 'Lion Guardians' updated 33 days ago

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

Suspects arrested after wave of attacks in Nigerian city leave five dead updated 33 days ago

Nigerian authorities said they have five suspects in custody Sunday after a wave of attacks over the weekend in the city of Kano.

U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel updated 34 days ago

The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.

Ebola virus death confirmed in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos updated 35 days ago

A Liberian man who was hospitalized in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, with the Ebola virus has died, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

'Disintegrated' Air Algerie plane found with no survivors; 'black box' recovered updated 35 days ago

French forces who secured the site of a crashed Air Algerie flight in Mali found one flight recorder but no survivors, officials said.

Boko Haram Fast Facts updated 36 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.

Omara 'Bombino' Moctar: Guitar hero of the desert updated 36 days ago

For Omara Moctar, the electrifying Tuareg guitarist better known as "Bombino," there is no better place to play music than the majestic starkness of the desert.

Official: No survivors found amid wreckage of Air Algerie plane in Mali updated 36 days ago

There were no survivors found amid the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight that crashed in the Mali desert Thursday, officials said

'Humans of Khartoum': Arresting street portraits capture spirit of Sudan's capital updated 37 days ago

A beautiful collection of photographs pays tribute to the people of Khartoum.

Two suicide blasts kill 40 in Nigeria updated 37 days ago

At least 40 people in northern Nigeria were killed Wednesday in two suicide blasts targeting a renowned Muslim cleric and an opposition politician.

15,000 flee after Boko Haram overtakes Nigerian town updated 39 days ago

A raid on a northeast Nigerian town by Boko Haram left dozens dead and displaced more than 15,000 residents.

9 must-see movies at this year's Durban International Film Festival updated 40 days ago

Durban's film festival has kicked off, and we take a look at some of the African films featured at this year's showcase.

Daughter calls Mandela's final months excruciating to watch updated 43 days ago

He suffered greatly in his final months, but Nelson Mandela's last breaths were peaceful, says his eldest daughter, Maki Mandela.

Nigeria arrests suspect in April bus station bombing updated 44 days ago

One of the masterminds of April's Nyanya Motor Park bombing that killed 71 people has been arrested, Nigerian police said.

Where are the Benghazi suspects? updated 45 days ago

Faraj al-Shibli, who was suspected in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been found dead, a Libyan source says.

Oscar Pistorius leaves nightclub after dispute updated 45 days ago

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was involved in a nightclub dispute with another patron this weekend, his spokeswoman says.

Malala to Boko Haram: Stop misusing Islam updated 45 days ago

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban attack, appeals to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons in Nigeria.

Nigerian police say they've arrested senior Boko Haram member updated 45 days ago

Nigerian police have arrested a man claiming to be Boko Haram's "chief butcher" in an area identified as the Balmo Forest of northeastern Nigeria.

Congolese: Returning home and building a dream updated 46 days ago

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, those that once fled war are returning to build a brighter future.

Amid new fighting, Libyan government considers requesting international troops updated 46 days ago

Fighting continued Monday as rival Libyan militias battled for Tripoli International Airport and the interim government said it was considering asking for international military help.

Nadine Gordimer, South African author, dies updated 46 days ago

Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize-winning South African author and anti-apartheid activist, died Sunday, her family said Monday. She was 90.

Artisan shop lets you buy a piece of authentic Africa updated 47 days ago

In a tucked away corner of Zanzibar's Stone Town, a shop sells unique and authentic crafts made on site.

Rival Libyan militias battle for Tripoli airport updated 47 days ago

Rival Libyan militias battled for Tripoli International Airport on Sunday, leaving nine people dead and 25 others wounded, the government said.

Ad showing black boy being fed like dog faces no action updated 49 days ago

A television commercial that prompted complaints for its portrayal of a white woman feeding a young black boy like a dog will not be formally investigated, South Africa's advertising watchdog has ruled.

Militants attack Somali presidential palace, fought off by troops updated 52 days ago

Militants with the Islamist group al-Shabaab stormed Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu before security forces thwarted them, said officials.

Somalia Fast Facts updated 52 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.

Death toll 90 in Uganda weekend attacks; President blames tribal leaders updated 52 days ago

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says sectarian and chauvinistic cultural leaders are behind weekend attacks that killed 90 people in western Uganda.

Uganda's digital pioneers taking advertising to the future updated 53 days ago

Two young entrepreneurs are making advertising go digital in Uganda.

Oscar Pistorius defense rests; trial adjourned until August updated 53 days ago

The defense in the Oscar Pistorius murder case rested Tuesday, with closing arguments set for Aug. 7.

Police: At least 88 killed in western Uganda updated 53 days ago

At least 88 people were killed in attacks over the weekend in western Uganda, a police spokesman said.

63 abducted women, girls escape from Boko Haram updated 53 days ago

Sixty-three women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month in Nigeria escaped from their captors and have returned to their burnt village

Egypt Fast Facts updated 53 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.

Lawyer: Oscar Pistorius re-enactment video 'unlawfully' obtained by TV show updated 53 days ago

Video of Oscar Pistorius re-enacting how he says he killed his girlfriend was illegally obtained, a lawyer for the former Olympian said.

How to become a World Cup referee updated 53 days ago

Kenya's top soccer referee, Aden Marwa, reveals his journey from the Kenya Premier League to this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Gunmen kill 22 in ambush at Kenyan coast updated 54 days ago

Gunmen ambushed two areas in coastal Kenya early Sunday, leaving at least 22 people dead, authorities said.

Reporter's harrowing ordeal as hostage set to become movie updated 54 days ago

For 460 days, they held her captive. They beat her, sexually assaulted her, kept her locked in a pitch-black room with chains around her ankles.

Nigerian military: Over 50 attackers die in failed bid to take bases updated 54 days ago

Nigerian military: Its forces killed over 50 fighters who'd tried to storm troops' bases and police stations in Borno state.

Nigeria: Arrested women recruited for Boko Haram updated 55 days ago

Authorities have arrested three women who have been secretly recruiting members for the female wing of Boko Haram, Nigeria's Defense Ministry said Friday.

Death toll rises to 6 in car bombing at Somali Parliament building updated 55 days ago

A terrorist attack at the national Parliament building in the Somali capital killed six people and injured 12 more Saturday, authorities said.

Why children in Central African Republic should matter to us all updated 56 days ago

Last year, on my third trip to the Central African Republic, I met Oumarou, a shy, soft-spoken boy who appeared to be far younger than the 13 years he said he was. He told me he had lived in a nearby village. He and his family had been asleep around dawn when strange men burst into their house. With machetes, they killed his father and brother.

Al-Shabaab militants kill Somali lawmaker, officials say updated 57 days ago

Islamist militants killed one Somali lawmaker and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in the capital on Thursday morning, the third assassination of a Parliament member this year, police and a legislator said.

Did Oscar Pistorius have time to think? updated 57 days ago

Oscar Pistorius' defense team highlights his disability and vulnerabilities at his murder trial Thursday.

Skate it like Beckham: Polio survivors play football on wheels updated 58 days ago

Meet the Rolling Rockets, the skate soccer team made up of polio survivors.

Oscar Pistorius is suicide risk, depressed, doctors find updated 58 days ago

Oscar Pistorius is depressed, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and is a suicide risk, mental health doctors concluded.

Cargo plane crashes into building in Kenya updated 59 days ago

A cargo plane crashed into a commercial building shortly after takeoff from an airport in Nairobi, Kenya, early Wednesday, the country's airport authority said.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Fast Facts updated 59 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Oscar Pistorius loved Reeva Steenkamp, agent says updated 59 days ago

Oscar Pistorius was in a "loving and caring relationship" with Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he is accused of murdering, the sprinter's agent testified.

Oscar Pistorius Fast Facts updated 59 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympic sprinter currently on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Where are Nigeria's missing girls? On the hunt for Boko Haram updated 59 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.

Witnesses: Sudan demolishes church in latest persecution of Christians updated 59 days ago

A Sudanese government force destroyed a church Monday, ignoring the wails of nearby residents, witnesses told journalists working for CNN.

At least 15 killed in Nigeria suicide blast updated 59 days ago

At least 15 people killed Tuesday in a suicide blast in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which has been bedeviled by Boko Haram, witnesses say.

Sudanese Christian woman: 'There's a new problem every day' updated 60 days ago

What a week it's been for Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who initially faced a death sentence after refusing to renounce her faith.

Death toll tops 50 after attackers raid Nigerian villages updated 60 days ago

Suspected Islamic extremists on motorcycles spray gunfire into Nigerian homes and churches in an attack that killed more than 50 people, residents said.

Psych evaluation: Oscar Pistorius not mentally incapacitated during shooting updated 60 days ago

Oscar Pistorius was not mentally incapacitated when he shot his girlfriend to death, a psychiatric assessment of the athlete has found.

African hipsters take vintage fashion back to the future updated 61 days ago

Vintage clothes are proving a hit with fashionistas across Africa, as retro goes back to the future.

Oscar Pistorius on trial: Explore each side's case updated 61 days ago

Boko Haram burns churches, kills more than 30 people, residents say updated 61 days ago

At least 30 people were killed Sunday in raids by Boko Haram Islamists on four villages in northeast Nigerian Borno state, residents and a priest said.

Death of a revolutionary: Murder robs Libya of 'a true patriot' updated 63 days ago

Shortly after Salwa Bugaighis posted the names of three security force members killed in Benghazi on Wednesday on her Facebook page, she became the fourth person to die in the Libyan city that day.

Sudanese Christian woman is in U.S. Embassy in Sudan, husband says updated 63 days ago

A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy is now at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum with her family, her husband said.

South Sudan named most fragile country; U.S. on list of worsening nations updated 63 days ago

South Sudan tops the list of world's most fragile nations, while the United States is among the countries that have worsened the most over the past year.

Source: Suspected mastermind of Benghazi attack heading soon to U.S. updated 63 days ago

Source: The suspected mastermind of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, is expected to be in the U.S. as soon as this weekend.

Senegal's 'Dead Sea': Salt harvesting in the strawberry-pink lake updated 64 days ago

Senegal's "Pink Lake" is an incredible sight, but it's a tough place to earn a living.

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