Sub-Saharan Africa

  • food Jul 16, 2019

    Team From Dallas Zoo Helps Save Baby Flamingos in South Africa

    A team of veterinarians from the Dallas Zoo is back in North Texas after a mission to save baby flamingos in South Africa.

  • head Jul 5, 2019

    Deadly Land, Deadly Sea: Libya Migrants Face Brutal Choice

    A boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and left only three survivors, authorities said Thursday, after an airstrike on a detention center near the Libyan capital killed dozens of others. The twin tragedies illustrate the almost unthinkable choice facing those who have reached the North Africa coast while seeking a better life in Europe: Risk a...

  • spokesman Jun 11, 2019

    Botswana Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Landmark Africa Case

    Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation that is seen as one of the continent’s most stable and democratic. The ruling...

  • Africa Mar 14, 2019

    Nigeria Halts Search a Day After School Collapses; 8 Dead

    Nigerian officials on Thursday halted search efforts a day after a school building collapsed in Lagos with an unknown number of children inside. The death toll was eight and could rise. As some anguished families protested and sifted through the rubble for any sign of their children, National Emergency Management Agency official Ibrahim Farinloye said workers had reached the foundation...

  • Africa Mar 13, 2019

    Dozens Trapped in Nigeria School Collapse, at Least 8 Dead

    Emergency crews sifted through debris as night fell on frantic efforts to rescue scores of school children and others feared trapped inside a three-story building that collapsed Wednesday in Nigeria’s densely populated commercial capital, Lagos. At least eight people were confirmed dead and 37 others were rescued alive. Anguished families crowded around the flattened remains of the building, which housed...

  • CEO Nov 6, 2018

    With Poo on a Pedestal, Bill Gates Talks Toilet Technology

    Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in China. “You might guess what’s in this beaker — and you’d be right. Human feces,” the former CEO of software giant Microsoft said. “This small...

  • NEW YORK Oct 20, 2017

    Pollution Is Deadlier Than War, Disaster, Hunger, Study Finds

    Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease...

  • The Associated Press Oct 16, 2017

    Over 300 Killed in Deadliest Single Attack in Somalia's History, Hundreds More Missing

    More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia’s capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world’s worst attacks in years. As funerals continued, the government said the death toll was expected to rise. Nearly 400 people were injured after Saturday’s bombing targeted...

  • NBC Sep 2, 2016

    Destroyed Facebook Satellite Was Part of New Race to Build a Space-Based Internet

    On Thursday, a SpaceX rocket, along with a satellite leased in part by Facebook, were destroyed in a launch pad explosion at Cape Canaveral. The explosion, in which no people were harmed, occurred during preparation for a launch that had been scheduled for Saturday. A Facebook spokesperson said the company was “disappointed by the loss” of the Israeli-built Amos 6...

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