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Pentagon: Africa command to pursue drawdown, realignment

Pentagon: Africa command to pursue drawdown, realignment

Business
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense announced Thursday the withdrawal and realignment of some U.S. Africa Command Counter Violent Extremist Organization, in accordance with priorities outlined in this years National Defense Strategy. The realignment projects a reduction of under 10 percent of the 7,200 troops assigned to Africa Command over the next several years. "Optimization preserves the majority of U.S. security cooperation partnerships and programs in Africa to strengthen partner networks, enhance partner capability and support ongoing programs," the Pentagon said in a press release. C-VEO missions in Somalia, Djibouti and Libya will be mostly unaffected, while in West Africa the operations will shift from direct tactical assistance to an advisory, assistance and intelligence...
Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

Technology
Primitive humans may have ventured out of Africa earlier than previously thought, new evidence suggests.  Stone tools found during an excavation in China are thought to be about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.Chinese and British researchers believe the tools were made by another member of the homo evolutionary group, rather than homo sapiens, as much as 2.1 million years ago.Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside the continent came from 1.8 million-year-old artefacts and skulls found in Dmanisi in Georgia.The newly discovered artefacts were found on a plateau north of the Qinling mountains and include several chipped rocks, fragments and hammer stones.The research, published in the jour...
Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Science
Scientists say they've found the earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.Ancient tools discovered in China suggest primitive humans were in the region as early as 2.12 million years ago.They are about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence, which consists of bones and stone tools from Dmanisi in Georgia.The research, by a Chinese-British team, appears in the journal Nature.The stone artefacts were discovered at Shangchen on a plateau in northern China.They comprise different types of stone tools constructed for a variety of purposes. All show signs of having been used.Most were made of quartzite and quartz rock that probably came from the foothills of the Qinling Mountains, five to 10 km to the south of the dig site.But we do...
Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa

Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa

Technology
The news from Congo's Garamba National Park was grim for decades: rangers killed, an elephant population decimated by poachers, marauding armed groups and the disappearance of the last northern white rhinos living in the wild. African Parks, the non-profit group that took over management in 2005, had doubts about whether it could turn things around. With international support, the Johannesburg-based outfit stuck it out in a place that resembled a combat zone at times, and it is reporting some good news. Garamba's ranger force of 200 has not suffered a casualty on the job in the last 12 months and just two elephants have been killed this year, compared to 50 in 2017 and 99 in 2016. The progress highlights a public-private conservation model honed by African Parks, whose expanding operatio...
Akon to build new city in Africa with currency called AKoin

Akon to build new city in Africa with currency called AKoin

Technology
Grammy-nominated artist Akon is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency named after himself. The multi-platinum-selling music producer unveiled the ambitious project at a creative festival in Cannes, where he spoke at a panel titled Branding Africa: Blockchain, Entrepreneurship and Empowering the Future.According to page six, he told an audience at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that his proposed cryptocurrency - dubbed AKoin - could be "the saviour of Africa in many ways" because of how secure it would be.It would all be based on a mobile app, which he said would allow citizens of Akon Crypto City "to utilise it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do thos...