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Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.2 million km2 (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers six percent of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1.1 billion people as of 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It has 54 fully recognized sovereign states ("countries"), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition.
Africa's population is the youngest among all the continents; 50% of Africans are 19 years old or younger.
Algeria is Africa's largest country by area, and Nigeria is the largest by population. Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago, including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago. Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.
Ahmose I (sometimes written Amosis I and meaning The Moon is Born) was a pharaoh of ancient Egypt and the founder of the Eighteenth dynasty. He was a member of the Theban royal house, the son of pharaoh Tao II Seqenenre and brother of the last pharaoh of the Seventeenth dynasty, King Kamose. When he was seven his father was killed, and when he was about ten his brother died of unknown causes, after reigning only three years. Ahmose I assumed the throne after the death of his brother, and upon coronation became known as Neb-pehty-re (The Lord of Strength is Re).
During his reign he completed the conquest and expulsion of the Hyksos from the delta region, restored Theban rule over the whole of Egypt and successfully reasserted Egyptian power in its formerly subject territories of Nubia and Canaan. Ahmose's reign, usually dated to about 1550–1525 BC, laid the foundations for the New Kingdom, under which Egyptian power reached its peak. (Read more...)
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Toto - Africa
Music video by Toto performing Africa. (C) 1982 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Who Controls Africa? (part 1/5)
We begin the chapter by one of the great powers in Africa, women. They are the ones who educate children, which remain when they leave, the guardians of the ...
Pure Nature Specials - Africa's Super Seven
Uploaded under license from Off the Fence. On the northern bank of the Sand River in the Mala-Mala Game Reserve in South Africa, seven magnificent creatures ...
Perpetuum Jazzile - Africa
Perpetuum Jazzile is an XXL vocal group from Slovenia. Toto's Africa by Perpetuum Jazzile, performed live at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (October 2008) - arrange...
Daily Life in a Village in Africa
Daily life in rural villages in West Africa, specifically in Mossi villages in Burkina Faso. I have included scenes of farming, harvesting, planting, cooking...
► First Out of Africa - The totally isolated Tribe of the Andaman (Sky Vision Documentary)
There are still people in this world who have no idea that civilization exists. On remote islands in the Bay of Bengal live mysterious tribes. The five-foot ...
Nature Documentary Films: Africa's Rivers of Danger - NEW BBC Documentary 2014
Nature Documentary Films: Africa's Rivers of Danger - NEW BBC Documentary 2014 Nature Documentary Films: Africa's Rivers of Danger - NEW BBC Documentary 2014...
Armed robbery Killarney, South Africa
Armed robbery Killarney, South Africa.
Incredible Human Journey - Out of Africa 1/5 HD
The Incredible Human Journey - A five-episode science documentary and accompanying book, written and presented by anthropologist Dr. Alice Roberts who gained...
Empire - The New Scramble for Africa
Described by many as the 'new scramble for Africa', the US, China and other nations are attempting to consolidate their grip on Africa's natural resources an...
New York Times (blog)
New York Times (blog)
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700
A: No one knows exactly what is going on in West Africa. Several medical groups, like Doctors Without Borders, are reporting that they suddenly have far more beds than patients. In some cases, there are empty beds at centers where, just a few weeks ago ...
New York Times
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:22:30 -0700
A few days ago, I posted a note on Facebook about my scheduled concert next week at Carnegie Hall honoring the late South African singer Miriam Makeba, who was known widely as Mama Africa. I was saddened to see the following comments appear: ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:44:07 -0700
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on aid work there, the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders said on ...
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:46:31 -0700
It might seem like a rather trivial scandal - something easily overlooked at a time when South Africa is mourning the violent death of its national football team captain and the credit rating agencies are circling overhead, poised to issue more ...
New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:29:13 -0700
President Obama lauded the U.S. doctors and nurses who fought Ebola in West Africa for their “incredible heroism” Wednesday and said “they deserve to be treated like the heroes they are” when they come home. And while Obama heaped praise on the ...
Business Insider Australia
New York Times
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:46:30 -0700
If the protests do unseat Mr. Compaoré, it will be the first time since the Arab Spring that a popular movement has succeeded in removing an autocrat in sub-Saharan Africa. When the wave of Arab Spring protests first swept northern Africa, analysts ...
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:09:45 -0700
In turn, Bah shared Dorcas's story via Skype while he was under his own quarantine with a conference on the Ebola crisis in west Africa at Columbia University. Of the survivors Bah talked to while he was in Sierra Leone, most were young girls like ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:56:27 -0700
Homeopaths have offered their services to prevent and treat Ebola in west Africa, claiming their “remedies” can work in serious epidemics of infectious disease. “Homeopaths worldwide have been mobilising their efforts toward gaining entrance in those ...
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