Africa

Rare black leopard captured on camera in wild for first time in 100 years

According to National Geographic, biologist Nick Pilford captured the female leopard on a camera trap set up in the Liosaba Conservancy, Kenya, after he received a tip-off that a "panther" had been spotted there numerous times. 

And the trap paid off as he managed to snap a photo of the rarest of the big cats.

"Almost everyone has a story about seeing one, it's such a mythical thing," Pilfold said.

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic revealed an "emerging trend" of making and smuggling beads, bracelets and bangles and rhino horn powder.

The lead investigator told BBC News the trade in rhino horn was now "morphing" into a market for luxury items.

At least 7,100 rhinos are estimated to have been killed in Africa since 2007.

Today, about 25,000 of the animals remain.

Julian Rademeyer from Traffic explained that the production of rhino horn "trinkets" mirrored some of the patterns seen in the trade in ivory.

What a hunter-gatherer diet does to the body

Diet is key to maintaining diversity and was strikingly demonstrated when an undergrad student went on a McDonald's diet for ten days and after just four days experienced a significant drop in the number of beneficial microbes.

Similar results have been demonstrated in a number of larger human and animal studies.

Snow falls in Sahara for first time in 37 years

Their 1984 Band Aid prediction that "there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime" has once again been proven wrong -- and this time in spectacular fashion.

The Algerian town of Ain Sefra, deep in the dry, hot Sahara desert was hit by a freak snowfall on December 19. It's the first time snow has fallen in the region in 37 years.

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Mythbuster: What Donald Trump didn't say about Africa

The BBC's Dickens Olewe looks at six comments he allegedly made about Africa which are doing the rounds on the internet.

 

'Africans are lazy fools only good at eating, lovemaking and thuggery'

According to fact-checking website Snopes this claim was first posted on 25 October 2015 on Politica, a fake news website. It was later picked up by blogs and other fake and satirical news websites on the continent.

No security worry for visiting dignitaries: Peter O’Neill

Port Moresby, starting on Tuesday, will be hosting 79 government leaders from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).

“Ninety-nine percent of us (Papua New Guineans) are peace-loving people,” O’Neill said.

“I am sure they will enjoy their stay here.”

He appealed to all residents of the nation’s capital to show the Melanesian culture of respecting and caring for the visiting dignitaries.

Preparation for hosting of ACP meet on track

The Chairman of the ACP Ambassadorial Working Group in Brussels and Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union Joshua Kalinoe said he is satisfied with the arrangements put in place by the National Organising Committee (NOC).

“Since I arrived in Port Moresby last week, I have attended coordination briefing sessions of the NOC jointly chaired by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the APEC Authority. I am satisfied that the National Organising Committee has done an excellent job to date in respect to logistics, policy and security.

Unicef: Aids leading cause of death for African teenagers

Despite gains made among adults and babies with HIV, the number of 10-to-19-year-olds dying from AIDS-related diseases has tripled since 2000, UNICEF said, launching the global data at a press conference in South Africa.

Pope to visit central African republics divided capital

Sitting on the dirt under a tent of scrap wood and tarp, she is comforted by her neighbors at the airport displaced-persons camp where she has lived for nearly two years.

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Prince Harry has a heartwarming reunion with an African orphan he first met 11 years ago

The prince, who was in Maseru, Lesotho as part week-long tour of the African country and South Africa, gave his old friend Mutsu Potsane a hug when they saw each other again at the groundbreaking for the Mamohato Children’s Centre