Jawbone Fossil Fills a Gap in Early Human Evolution

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On the morning of Jan. 29, 2013, Chalachew Seyoum was climbing a remote hill in the Afar region of his native Ethiopia, his head bent, eyes focused on the loose sediment. The site, known as Ledi-Geraru, was rich in fossils. Soon enough, he spotted a telltale shape on the surface — a premolar, as it turned out. It was attached ... Read More »

Mo Ibrahim prize: Namibia President Pohamba gets $5m award

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BBC - The outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world’s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. The $5m (£3.2m) award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office. But the previous award was the fourth in five years to have gone unclaimed. Mr ... Read More »

Libya: Getting Geneva Right

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ICG – Middle East and North Africa Report N°157 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Libya’s deteriorating internal conflict may be nearing a dramatic turning point. Over six months of fighting between two parliaments, their respective governments and allied militias have led to the brink of all-out war. On the current trajectory, the most likely medium-term prospect is not one side’s triumph, but that rival ... Read More »

More weapons are not the answer to Libya’s jihadi upsurge

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In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Libya Senior Analyst Claudia Gazzini discusses the upsurge in Islamic State activity in Libya. ICG – After the Islamic State (IS) beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, and Egypt bombed IS camps in response, it seems clear that there is an IS problem in Libya that didn’t exist before. By Claudia Gazzini How did Libya ... Read More »

South African budget raises taxes and cuts spending

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BBC – South Africans were told on Wednesday to prepare for higher taxes, cutbacks in spending and three more years of power cuts. The government’s annual budget outlined a 1% increase in personal income tax and spending cuts of 25bn rand (£1.4bn; $2.2bn) over the next two years Projected economic growth for 2015 is 2%, down from 2.5% forecast last year. ... Read More »

Turkey paid $1 million to have Armenian Genocide archives burnt in Egypt

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Horizon – Turkey has paid over $1 million for burning the documents proving the Armenian Genocide, reports, quoting Turkish Democrat Haber. According to the source, Turkey bribed the Muslim Brotherhood to have the documents kept in Institut d’Égypte (Institute of Egypt) burnt. Democratic Jihad Party founder Sheikh Nabil Na’eem revealed the news at the Egypt government meeting and added that “the guilty ... Read More »

IMF: Morocco expected to reach a 4.4% growth rate in 2015

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF), headed by Christine Lagarde, published today the results of its bilateral consultations with Morocco. The Moroccan Times – By staff member The international monetary body said that “Morocco has made important strides in maintaining macroeconomic stability in a difficult environment, but challenges remain to reduce fiscal and external vulnerabilities, strengthen growth, create jobs and tackle poverty.” ... Read More »

A band apart

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The Bushmen people’s belief that they are amongst human’s most ancient races has reportedly been proven Geographical Written by  Tom Hart Published in Cultures ‘As important [for the Bushmen] as the element of belonging, was the feeling of being known. Perhaps this more than anything else sets him apart from us and the rest of Africa,’ wrote Laurens van der ... Read More »

The Only Thing Nigeria Fears More Than Boko Haram

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One of Nigeria’s neighbors is helping it fight off a deadly insurgency…but that assistance may come at a price. The National Interest - Andrew Wojtanik Five years into Boko Haram’s pernicious insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the casualties continue to mount. Though exact figures are difficult to pinpoint,estimates suggest fighting between the radical Islamic group and Nigerian forces killed upwards of 6,000 ... Read More »

Libya anniversary: ‘The situation is just terrible’

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On the fourth anniversary of Libya’s revolution, mounting chaos has gripped the country. Al Jazeera | Rebecca Murray Tripoli, Libya - Just off of Rashid Street in Tripoli’s downtown, with its grimy cluster of shops selling a black market mix of cheap Turkish-made guns and bullets, Jamal, a mobile phone store owner, laments the deterioration of Libya’s security. “Everyone has a gun ... Read More »