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Threats from al Qaeda in Yemen rose in recent weeks, U.S. officials say updated 6 hours 41 minutes ago

Threats from al Qaeda operatives in Yemen increased in recent weeks, U.S. officials told CNN.

Nigerian schoolgirls' kidnappings raise questions about captors, government updated 7 hours 28 minutes ago

The kidnapping of scores of Nigerian school girls shows the capabilities of Islamist group Boko Haram and the government's unsuccessful attempts to stop them.

4 killed in blast in Nairobi suburb updated 1 days ago

At least four people, including two police officers, were killed when a car exploded outside a police station in Pangani, a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya.

Boko Haram still holding Nigerian school girls captive updated 1 days ago

Boko Haram kidnappers are still holding 187 girls captive more than a week after the Islamists abducted them from their dormitories in northeastern Nigeria.

U.N.: South Sudan rebels separate residents by ethnicity, kill hundreds updated 1 days ago

South Sudanese rebels seized a strategic oil town last week and separated residents by ethnicity, before killing hundreds, the United Nations said.

At Al Jazeera trial in Egypt, video of sheep herding and an adjournment updated 1 days ago

The trial of three Al Jazeera journalists held on terrorism charges in Egypt was adjourned until May after the court viewed videos presented by the prosecution.

Boko Haram victim: I cried for someone to help me, but no one would come updated 1 days ago

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

Second Somali lawmaker killed in two days updated 2 days ago

Gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker Tuesday, witnesses and officials said, the second assassination of a member of parliament in Mogadishu in less than 24 hours.

Are human viruses killing world's last remaining gorillas? updated 2 days ago

Meet the woman in Uganda trying to save critically endangered mountain gorillas before they are completely wiped out.

Boko Haram: A bloody insurgency, a growing challenge updated 3 days ago

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

In Nigeria, the mass abduction of schoolgirls isn't shocking updated 3 days ago

No one knows where 190 abducted girls in Nigeria are -- and surprisingly, no one's particularly shocked

South Sudan Fast Facts updated 3 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.

Car bomb kills Somali lawmaker en route to security conference updated 3 days ago

A Somali lawmaker was killed and another was injured when a bomb hidden in their car exploded while they were headed to a conference on security, officials say.

Tunisia Fast Facts updated 4 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.

Boko Haram leader claims bombing, stays mum on kidnapped schoolgirls updated 5 days ago

Boko Haram's elusive leader claims responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria's capital, but says nothing about the group's reported mass abduction of schoolgirls.

48 killed in attack on peacekeepers' base in South Sudan, U.N. says updated 5 days ago

Militants on Thursday attacked a U.N. base sheltering civilians in South Sudan, killing at least 48 people, a U.N. spokesman says.

'An African City' Web series generates buzz, dismantles stereotypes updated 5 days ago

Nicole Amarteifio, creator of the new Web series "An African City," talks about her fun, trendy, over-the-top show.

Central African Republic Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Central African Republic. It is a landlocked country in central Africa, bordering Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Sudan.

Sudan Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about The Republic of Sudan, a North African country bordering the Red Sea, Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

How 'Africa's Oprah' conquered a continent updated 6 days ago

Meet Mo Abudu: 'Africa's Oprah Winfrey.'

Nigerian military retracts claim that nearly all abducted students were released updated 6 days ago

Families of girls kidnapped from school by suspected Boko Haram militants are accusing the Nigerian military of lying about the girls being rescued.

Africa's ancient hunter gatherers struggle for survival updated 6 days ago

The Hadza are one of the oldest people on earth. Today, they battle for land, and continued survival.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Defense witness contradicts athlete's version of events updated 7 days ago

In Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, prosecutor Gerrie Nel went on the attack to discredit defense witness in last court session until proceedings resume May 5.

Nigerian military: Over 100 girls abducted from school are freed, 8 still missing updated 8 days ago

Only eight of the 129 Nigerian school girls abducted this week by Boko Haram militants are still missing, according to the Nigerian military.

Oscar Pistorius trial enters new phase after blistering cross-examination updated 8 days ago

Oscar Pistorius' defense team now has a chance to discredit the prosecution by presenting its witnesses.

As many as 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram, Nigerian officials say updated 8 days ago

As many as 200 girls were abducted from a school in northeastern Nigeria by heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists who arrived in trucks and buses, officials said.

How damaging was Oscar Pistorius' cross examination? updated 8 days ago

What is Oscar Pistorius charged with?

Jacob Zuma Fast Facts updated 9 days 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 9 days ago

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

Pop art protection: How these funky condoms could save countless lives updated 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 days ago

2 Muslim Brotherhood members killed as unrest sweeps Egypt updated 10 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 15 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 15 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 23 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 24 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 24 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 26 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 27 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 28 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 32 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 32 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 33 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 33 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 34 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 34 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 34 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 35 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 36 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 36 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 36 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 37 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 37 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 38 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 38 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 39 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 41 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 41 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 42 days ago

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

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