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A rapid shift in climate that brought wetter and warmer conditions in southern Africa during the Middle Stone Age helped propel innovation and cultural advances in early man, a study has found. Paleontologists have long known that anatomically modern...
A week after the Rolling Stones played a semi-secret club date as a musical publicity stunt, reggae scion Ziggy Marley did the same -- performing a short set of his father's standards and his own originals Friday afternoon at a remote roadside cafe on the...
Dinosaurs may have been wiped out by a mass extinction about 65 million years ago, but an earlier extinction event may have given their predecessors a leg up on the competition, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....
Tags: Paleontology, Fossils, Zambia, Tanzania
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Tuesday defended a controversial decision to allow the broadcast on television of a video of an unsmiling Nelson Mandela, looking frail, pallid and uncomfortable, as...
Tags: National Government, Government, Africa, Twitter, Inc., Politics
During the 1960s, when most African nature reserves were being established, lions tended to be born free. But today, freedom doesn't always serve them well. Fifty years ago, human population densities were low in the areas where lions roamed. But...
BAMAKO, Mali — Homemade twig pens stand like off-duty soldiers in a jar on Boubacar Sadeck's worktable. The morning sun steals into a room stuffed with a jumble of papers, ink bottles and stretched animal hides. He sits thoughtfully before a blank...
Google has just added its 49th and 50th country to its popular Street View feature, enabling Web browsers to check out locations like the Hungarian Parliament building, the European country's Chain bridge or the largest medicinal bath in Europe, the...
Political leaders past and present reacted Monday to the death of Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister of Britain, by spotlighting different parts of her global legacy. For some, their careful or brazen words reflected the sharp disagreements...
Long before Ernest Cole became one of South Africa's first black photojournalists, he had dreams of becoming a doctor, a bold aspiration for a young man coming of age during apartheid rule in the 1950s and 1960s. In an unpublished biography from late...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Arts, News Agency, Africa, Photography
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The health of former South African President Nelson Mandela has improved, according to South African officials who said he is in much better shape than he was a week ago when he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia....
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is showing signs of recovery after his second night in a hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said Friday. Mandela was admitted to the hospital in...
Tags: Jacob Zuma, Tuberculosis, Nelson Mandela
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa’s presidency for the first time Saturday confirmed the seriousness of Nelson Mandela’s illness -- pneumonia -- as the former president prepared to spend a fourth night in the hospital. South...
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