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  • Trophy hunters
    The truth about Trophy hunting
    With the recent shooting of the lion Cecil, the term "Trophy Hunting" has become much maligned. While the great majority of people in the USA can accept hunting as long as the hunter is going to eat the game that they kill, an ever...
  • Lions reintroduced in Rwanda fifteen years after being hunted to extinction
    Lions reintroduced in Rwanda fifteen years after being hunted to extinction
    Rwanda’s lion population just received a much needed boost on July 28. Seven lions, including a one year old cub, were transported into the nation from South Africa following a long journey and quarantine. Five females and two males will...
  • Pierre Nkurunziza
    President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term in disputed Burundi election
    President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in the Burundi presidential election on July 24 in what has been a highly controversial election. Nkurunziza had been term limited by the constitution of the small East African nation, as well as the...
  • AAI State of Education Conference
    Africa-America Institute to host second annual education conference in Nigeria
    The Africa-America Institute will hold its second annual State of Education in Africa conference this September in Nigeria.Educators, policymakers, administrators and philanthropists, among other stakeholders, will speak and assess the progress of...
  • What's the Mexican folk song 'La Bamba' all about?
    What's the Mexican folk song 'La Bamba' all about?
    Take a 300-year-old song from south of the border (and perhaps rooted in Africa), pep it up with a rock beat, cut a chart-topping recording of it by a teen idol up in the States, then feature it in a hit movie, and you’ve got what worldwide...
  • President Pierre Nkurunziza
    Burundi's elections postponed in the midst of crisis
    Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza issued a decree on Saturday postponing the elections by a week in the midst of an ongoing crisis in the East African nation. The elections had initially been scheduled for July 15, but are now planned...
  • Images: Cal Guard Special Forces units training Nigerian Army to counter Boko Haram [Image 4 of 4]
    Boko Haram attacks make headlines but Nigeria says it still is winning
    Boko Haram has continued conducting spectacular attacks in Nigeria and while media reports claim this is shaking the public’s confidence in Nigerian President Muhammudu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims it still is defeating the Islamic...
  • Hunger crisis threatens South Sudan
    Millions at risk of starvation in South Sudan
    The hunger emergency in South Sudan is described as "frightening" by Oxfam's country director Zlatko Gegic. There are already 3.8 million people suffering from severe hunger in the conflict-torn nation.But a new report says that...
  • Boko Haram causes a hunger crisis
    Boko Haram causing a hunger crisis
    Boko Haram violence has displaced thousands in northeast Nigeria. It has also spilled over into other countries, causing a hunger crisis in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to provide aid for thousands displaced...
  • Africa meningitis belt
    Niger meningitis outbreak death toll tops 400, CDC issues travel advisory
    West Africa's largest nation continues to feel the devastation of a meningococcal disease epidemic, which according to the World Health Organization May 15, has killed more than 400 people. The officials tally since the beginning of the year...
  • The delights of Morocco
    Adventure in Morocco, cruise the Caribbean, getaway in Aspen
    This week’s travel deals include an adventure in Morocco, an exotic Caribbean cruise, and a great deal at the Westin in Aspen.Visit exotic Casablanca with an Encounters Travel vacation to Morocco, including round-trip airfare from New York...
  • In the treetops
    Gorilla my dreams: Romancing the jungles of Uganda
    When the silverback charged, I dropped to my knees, grateful that I had taken the time to read that Dian Fossey book back on the plane to Uganda. Never look an angry ape in the eye, the legendary gorilla tracker in the mist had advised repeatedly...
  • A black rhino
    First group of rescued Rhinos airlifted into Botswana sanctuary
    Poaching is a major issue in many parts of the world, but nowhere more than in many African nations. Animals like elephants and rhinos are killed by the hundreds and even thousands, driving their numbers to near extinction levels. In fact, several...
  • Bring Back Our Girls - Now what?
    The outcome of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ – what now?
    There is a dilemma that has arisen concerning the “Bring Back Our Girls” plea for help and overall awareness. 214 of the 234 girls that were rescued in Nigeria, from Boko Haram, are now pregnant.On April 15, 2014, approximately 276...
  • Frans Cronje at Cato
    Poultry industry is trade-talk pawn of South African government, says analyst
    In the run-up to the recent introduction of bills in the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which has broad bipartisan support because of the benefits gained by both African and American economies, there...
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