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Africa : continent of the eastern hemisphere straddling the Equator, separated from Europe by the Strait of Gibraltar, and adjoining Asia at the Sinai Peninsula area 11,677,239 square miles (30,244,049 square kilometers) — Webster
Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km² (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20.4% of its total land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition.
Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. In the late 19th century European countries colonized most of Africa. Africa also varies greatly with regard to environments, economics, historical ties and government systems. However, most present states in Africa originate from a process of decolonization in the 20th century. African nations have attempted to cooperate through the establishment of the African Union, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa. — Wikipedia
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Ancient Crocodiles Once Feasted on Giant...
by By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on January 24, 2018 at 12:00 am
Bite marks on fossils found on an atoll near eastern Africa suggest that this paradise for the world’s most common giant tortoise may have once been a much scarier place. […]
U.N. Condemns Congo’s Use of Force Against...
by By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE on January 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm
The violence erupted during protests in major cities calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down and hold free elections. […]
Hugh Masekela, Trumpeter and Anti-Apartheid...
by By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO on January 23, 2018 at 9:03 am
The pioneer of South African jazz came to the forefront of the country’s music in the 1950s as a member of the Jazz Epistles, gaining international fame after moving to the United States in 1960. […]
Sudan Frees 2 Journalists Working for Foreign...
by By RICK GLADSTONE on January 23, 2018 at 12:55 am
The journalists were seized last week as part of a government effort to thwart coverage of protests against rising prices in the vast African country. […]
Liberia Swears In George Weah, Its Soccer Star...
by By CLAIR MacDOUGALL on January 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm
Mr. Weah was inaugurated to the cheers of thousands at a stadium. He faces big challenges lifting Liberia out of poverty. […]