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Kenya Wants Its Own Guantanamo

February 18, 2016 Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said in a speech on Tuesday (Feb. 16) that his government is thinking about building a prison that will hold those with “violent and extremist” tendencies to limit their ability to spread “poison” to other prisoners. “We will establish a new prison to hold violent, extremist...

Al-Qaeda Is Still Exploiting Weak Governments in West Africa with Deadly Results

January 18, 2016 The attacks in Burkina Faso that left 28 people dead and 55 injured point to an increasing security challenge in West Africa, where, analysts say, militant groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State are taking advantage of fragile and weak states to hit western targets. This is the second time...

This Solar-Powered Box Uses Human Odor to Lure and Kill Mosquitos

January 11, 2016 An estimated 3.2 billion, almost half of the world’s population, are at risk of contracting Malaria. The disease is particularly deadly in Africa. Of the 1 million people that die of Malaria each year, over 90 percent of them are from Africa. The disease costs the continent $12 billion and...

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Egypt’s Shutdown of Facebook’s 'Free Internet' May Have Nothing to do With Net Neutrality

December 31, 2015 Egypt suspended the use of Facebook’s Free Basics platform to its three million users in the country yesterday (Dec. 30). There was no immediate explanation as to why authorities in the north African country decided to shut down the service, according to the Associated Press. In a statement to AP,...

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The U.S. May Soon Deem African Lions an Endangered Species

December 21, 2015 The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe earlier this year by Walter Palmer, a US dentist, caused a global outcry against the hunting for sport of the animal. In response, US authorities have now decided to classify lions as an endangered species. The designation by the Fish and Wildlife...

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Obama is the First Basketball President

November 21, 2015 Ever since he stepped on to the national political stage, Barack Obama has been accused of being an elusive figure. But when it comes to sports, basketball especially, no one can doubt his conviction or what he stands for. The man just loves hoops. In fact, basketball has been an...

Burkina Faso's Elite Troops Just Took Control of the Country

September 17, 2015 Burkina Faso is in the throes of a military coup led by a shadowy presidential guard that operates above the law and threatens to derail the fledgling democracy’s progress. Members of the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP), allied with former president Blaise Compaoré, stormed a cabinet meeting yesterday (Sept. 16)...

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ISIS: Our New Currency Will Destroy America's Capitalist Financial System

September 1, 2015 The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the al Qaeda offshoot that now controls parts of Iraq and Syria, says in its latest video they areintroducing a new currency that will bring about the end of the American “petro-dollar system” and “cleanse the entire earth of corruption.” The...

Website Promising 'Discreet' Marital Affairs Gets Hacked

July 20, 2015 Ashley Madison—the dating website whose tag line reads, “Life is short. Have an affair”—finds itself in an awkward position after hackers managed to steal users’ data. That includes “customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions,” according to the BBC. Ashley Madison, which promises a “100% discreet service," has...

What Africans Think Is the Biggest Threat to the Continent

July 15, 2015 Almost 60% of Africans believe that climate change is the single-most important threat facing the continent. They place this issue above fears about the economy or terrorism, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Environmentalists have been issuing warnings for a while now about Africa’s vulnerabilities to...