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Xenophobia in South Africa sparks riots in Nigeria and Zambia

Xenophobia in South Africa sparks riots in Nigeria and Zambia

World
By David Chipakupaku, news reporter Violence and looting have taken place in Nigeria and Zambia against South African-owned businesses, after a continuing series of xenophobic attacks and riots in Johannesburg.The escalating dispute has seen Nigeria recall its ambassador to South Africa, as well as pull out of the World Economic Forum on Africa summit, currently being held in Cape Town. Witnesses in Nigeria said vandals smashed windows to break into the offices of MTN, a South African telecommunications company, and stole items including laptops. Image: Police officers removed flaming tyres after protesters blocked traffic in Abuja, Nigeria The Lagos state government also confirmed...
Area in Africa responsible for 1 billion tons of carbon emissions

Area in Africa responsible for 1 billion tons of carbon emissions

Science
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- New analysis of satellite data suggests between 1 and 1.5 billion tons of carbon emissions is emitted from northern tropical Africa each year. The latest research, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, suggests land use changes and drought have degraded the region's soil, leading to the release of large quantities of stored carbon. However, scientists say soil degradation alone isn't responsible for the region's carbon emissions. To identify other sources of released carbon, study authors suggest more research is necessary. Scientists quantified the land's contribution to global emissions by analyzing data collected by the Japanese Space Agency's Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite and NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory. Researchers compared the sat...
Senegal 0-1 Algeria: Freak goal gives Riyad Mahrez and co win Africa Cup of Nations

Senegal 0-1 Algeria: Freak goal gives Riyad Mahrez and co win Africa Cup of Nations

Sports
Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1990 after securing a 1-0 triumph over Senegal.Baghdad Bounedjah’s strike inside two minutes, an effort which took a big deflection off Salif Sane was all that separated the two sides in Cairo. getty Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and his Algeria team-mates celebrate at the end of the game Senegal, who last made the final in 2002, thought they were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty in the second-half for a handball only for it to be overturned after a VAR review. It means the wait for Senegal, whose star player is Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, for a first AFCON crown goes on while Algeria have won it for the second time. However, it was Mane and co who were the better side
Earliest modern human found outside Africa

Earliest modern human found outside Africa

Science
Researchers have found the earliest example of our species (modern humans) outside Africa.A skull unearthed in Greece has been dated to 210,000 years ago, at a time when Europe was occupied by the Neanderthals.The sensational discovery adds to evidence of an earlier migration of people from Africa that left no trace in the DNA of people alive today.The findings are published in the journal Nature.Researchers uncovered two significant fossils in Apidima Cave in Greece in the 1970s.One was very distorted and the other incomplete, however, and it took computed tomography scanning and uranium-series dating to unravel their secrets.The more complete skull appears to be a Neanderthal. But the other shows clear characteristics, such as ...
Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes’ ‘full day out’ lights up England victory over South Africa

Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes’ ‘full day out’ lights up England victory over South Africa

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Media playback is not supported on this device It was comfortable in the end.But, at times, England's 104-run victory over South Africa was a nervy and even slightly subdued way to open a World Cup.The hosts were not able to bat at their brutal best on a tricky pitch and the Proteas were in contention of chasing down 312. Enter England all-rounder Ben Stokes to light up a grey day at The Oval and ensure a memorable start to the tournament.Report: Stokes & Archer star as England win openerTMS podcast: Stokes stunner lights up The OvalThat incredible catchStokes has ...