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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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Behind Mugabe’s Rapid Fall: A Firing, a Feud...
by By NORIMITSU ONISHI on November 20, 2017 at 2:06 am
Robert Mugabe’s rule in Zimbabwe went unchallenged for 37 years, but in just a few days, he was largely stripped of power. The chain of events leading to his fall started with firing a vice president. […]
Sale of Migrants as Slaves in Libya Causes...
by By NOUR YOUSSEF on November 20, 2017 at 12:20 am
CNN footage of migrants being auctioned off in the Libyan capital prompted a protest in Paris, condemnation by the African Union and an official inquiry. […]
Morocco Food Stampede Leaves 15 Dead and a...
by By AIDA ALAMI on November 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm
Morocco has generally fared better than other countries in the region, but poverty is high in rural areas like the town where the stampede took place. […]
Mugabe Addresses Zimbabwe
by By ZBC and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on November 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm
In a 20-minute speech to the African nation on Sunday night, President Robert Mugabe, flanked by members of the military, refused to say whether he would resign after nearly 40 years in power. […]
‘The Zimbabwe of My Youth Is No More’
by By WADZANAI MHUTE on November 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm
A young woman who grew up in Zimbabwe now sits thousands of miles away, glued to Twitter. “We have yet to see what this new day brings, but we are ready for change,” she says. […]