Africa

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

A new member of the human family?

It is one of the greatest fossil discoveries of our time, a trove of bones hidden deep inside a cave, outside Johannesburg in South Africa.

The team of scientists - from the Rising Star expedition - who made the discovery say the remains are that of 'Homo Naledi'. A new species of our human ancestor.

Homo Naledi is small-brained and primitive - yet revolutionary and complex in behaviour.

Its place in time is uncertain.

It may have lived as far back as three-million-years ago ... or could have roamed the earth as recently as 100,000 years ago.

Kerry: US committed to accepting more refugees to aid allies

   

After closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Kerry said President Barack Obama has made it clear that the U.S. wants to take a leadership role on humanitarian issues.

"We are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe," he said. "That's being vetted fully right now."

Rowing thrown Commonwealth Games lifeline

Under a new proposal adopted by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) at its General Assembly here yesterday, host cities must in future include 16 core sports as part of the programme and then can choose as many as they want from a list of optional sports and disciplines as long as it does not exceed a further 500 athletes.

Rowing had been on the previous list of optional sports but has now been dropped, leading to Annamarie Phelps, the chairman of British Rowing, to launch a campaign to save it.

Taylor Swift's ''Wildest Dreams'' director defends video amid backlash

The 25-year-old pop star, whose video has been viewed nearly 16 million times on Vevo since its release Sunday, has come under fire as many outlets have pointed out that the clip mainly features wild animals and white actors.

VIDEO: Urgent for Africa to create job opportunities, says Obama

Obama urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.

The speech marked the end of a five-day visit to Africa that included an earlier stop in Kenya, homeland of Obama's late father.

Obama: Africa must create jobs for its next generation

Obama said the leaders must do this or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.

He said the "urgent task" of generating jobs for a population that is expected to double to around 2 billion people in the coming decades will be "an enormous undertaking." But he said it can be achieved with U.S. help.

Obama in Kenya: 'Africa is on the move'

"Africa is one of the fastest growing regions of the world," Obama said. "People are being lifted out of poverty."

Obama's visit to Kenya — the first by a sitting U.S. president — has been highly anticipated in a nation that views him as a local son. The president's late father was born in Kenya and many family members still live here, including his elderly step-grandmother.

"This is personal for me," Obama said. "There's a reason why my name is Barack Hussein Obama."