South African Crew Catches Second Biggest Atlantic Blue Marlin Ever

South African citrus farmer Ben Vorster, 50, was fishing aboard the 37-foot Bertram charter boat Smoker with renowned Capt. Ryan “Roo” Williamson the morning of May 19 when he hooked into one of the biggest Atlantic blue marlin ever caught on a rod and reel. The crew was trolling off Africa’s central-west coast near Mindelo, Cape Verde, when they first saw the fish.
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A post-war surfing renaissance is underway in Africa's oldest republic

(CNN) — Nestled between Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa. But despite its historic legacy, in the minds of many outsiders the West African nation is still more commonly associated with civil war and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor. But at the...

Nigeria's facial scars: The last generation

Facial scarification was once popular across Nigeria. Deep cuts, usually on both cheeks or the forehead, were carved on children by families and communities, mostly as a mark of identity. The marks also held stories of pain, reincarnations and beauty. The practice, however, has been fading away since a federal...

Abandoned Baby Elephant Found Drowning in Muddy Well −Kenya

Villagers in Raku Bula, Merti in Cherab Community Conservancy, found the baby elephant lying alone in the muddy shallow well. An elephant calf was found trapped and nearly drowning in a muddy well on May 18. According to witnesses, the baby elephant, only about two months old, was lying in the mud and appeared unable to move before being rescued.

Journalists, general, militiamen arrested in Ethiopia's Amhara

ADDIS ABABA, May 20 (Reuters) - A prominent Ethiopian general critical of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government appeared in court on Friday after being detained this week, his wife said, amid the arrests of some ethnic Amhara political activists and journalists. Brigadier General Tefera Mamo commanded the Amhara region's forces...

‘Hundreds’ likely to be sent to Rwanda each year – minister

The number of migrants deported to Rwanda is “more likely to be in the hundreds” each year, according to the deputy prime minister.Dominic Raab said he wanted to “manage expectations” about the plan to give people deemed to have arrived in the UK illegally a one-way ticket to the east African nation.When announced last month, Boris Johnson said tens of thousands of people could be flown there under the deal in the years ahead.I think I’d be careful about managing expectations. It is not going to deal with the whole problemAsked when the first deportation flights to Rwanda will take...

Myck Kabongo inherits J. Cole's crown as the BAL's most accomplished rapper

Cape Town Tigers point guard Myck Kabongo is a significantly better basketballer than fellow rapper J. Cole, it's fair to say, but the Democratic Republic of Congo international has nothing but respect for the Grammy winner, on the court and off. Kabongo and Cole are not unknown to each other,...

South African Woman Celebrates Her 128th Birthday

On May 11, Johanna Mazibuko celebrated her 128th birthday. Mazibuko is considered the oldest woman alive and credits her health to fresh milk and wild spinach, according to Metro. The South African Woman was born in 1894 and told reporters she was raised on a maize farm in Ottosdal. The...

IMF extends budget support for Somalia to August

NAIROBI, May 20 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has prolonged support for Somalia under its Extended Credit Facility to Aug. 17, giving itself time to consult with an incoming government, the lender said on Friday. The move follows election of a new president on Sunday and a request from...

Chad urges Mali junta to reconsider withdrawal from anti-militant force

N'DJAMENA, May 20 (Reuters) - Chad's interim president Mahamat Idriss Deby has urged Mali's military junta to reconsider its decision to withdraw from a five-nation military force fighting Islamist militants in the Sahel region. Malian authorities announced the decision on Sunday, blaming the lack of progress in the fight against...