South Sudanese man responds to international backlash to his marriage

(CNN)The South Sudanese man at the center of a row over his recent wedding says the marriage process conformed to the traditions of his country and denies that an “auction” for the bride took place, as was alleged by a UK-based child advocacy organization. “I’m personally disappointed, and many people…

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Can this two-year-old startup be Africa’s Paypal – or Stripe?

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)If you’re making online payments to or from Nigeria, the chances are that a local startup, Paystack is helping you spend your money. Just over two years in, the young startup, with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, could become Africa’s response to Paypal and Stripe. Bridging the gap When…

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Cameroon kidnapping: Two children, principal and teacher still captive

(CNN)Two children who were among dozens kidnapped by gunmen from their boarding school in Cameroon Monday are still missing, the school’s moderator told CNN, updating an earlier statement that all 78 students had been freed. The group of 42 girls and 36 boys was seized early Monday by gunmen, along…

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Build a wall across the Sahara? That’s crazy but someone still did it

Since Morocco invaded Western Sahara it has built a 1,700-mile desert barrier keeping Sahrawis out of the resource-rich west Donald Trump was build a wall across the Sahara desert. According to Spains foreign minister, Josep Borell, the US president told him: The Sahara border cant be bigger than our border…

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Two Of The Most Biodiverse Wildlife Parks On Earth Are Now Open To Oil Drilling

Virunga National Park and Salonga National Park – the home of mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, African forest elephants, and other rare species – could soon be welcoming some new visitors: oil companies. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed that parts of the Virunga and Salonga National Parks, two…

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The Best and Worst Airlines and Airports of 2018

Last summer, on a bucket list trip through Southern Africa, I took a total of six flights with South African Airways. On the first one, a 15-hour trip from New York’s JFK Airport to Johannesburg, my air vent and seat-back screens were both broken. On my next five flights, the…

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