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Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia in both cases. At about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. Africa's population is the youngest amongst all the continents; the median age in 2012 was 19.7, when the worldwide median age was 30.4. Despite a wide range of natural resources, Africa is the least wealthy continent per capita, in part due to geographic impediments, legacies of European colonization in Africa and the Cold War, undemocratic rule and deleterious policies. Despite this low concentration of wealth, recent economic expansion and the large and young population make Africa an important economic market in the broader global context.

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Tiger fishing in Zimbabwe: Catch and release helps preserve fish stocks [Video]

Tiger fishing in Zimbabwe: Catch and release helps preserve fish stocks

Conservationists say climate change, pollution, and over-fishing, have led to depleting fish stocks at Kariba, Africa’s largest man-made lake.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published
Canary Islands migrants: Spain struggles as African arrivals rise [Video]

Canary Islands migrants: Spain struggles as African arrivals rise

Local government is overwhelmed as 9,000 migrants from Africa arrive in the past month alone.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:58Published
Israeli agents killed al Qaeda’s No. 2  - NYT [Video]

Israeli agents killed al Qaeda’s No. 2 - NYT

Al Qaeda's second-in-command, accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israeli operatives acting at the behest of the United..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
'Polypill' Dramatically Cuts Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke By 40% [Video]

'Polypill' Dramatically Cuts Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke By 40%

A new medication has been found to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by up to 40%. The "polypill" mixes 3 blood pressure meds and a cholesterol-lowering drug has been found to lower heart..

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The new penguin colony that could save a species [Video]

The new penguin colony that could save a species

South African researchers plan to release scores of abandoned, hand-reared African penguin chicks at the Western Cape's De Hoop nature reserve, boosting efforts to start a new breeding colony of the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published
Explained: France, Turkey and the cartoon dispute [Video]

Explained: France, Turkey and the cartoon dispute

Slights and barbs have marred relations between France’s Emmanuel Macron and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan for years, but the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad has dragged them to a new low which..

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European holidaymakers to blame for COVID second wave, says health expert [Video]

European holidaymakers to blame for COVID second wave, says health expert

"Anybody who drives down the motorways in France in August will see the lines of Dutch caravans moving south, almost like a migration of animals in Africa," Martin McKee, Professor of European Public..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:33Published
Europe's week: Leaders face tough decisions amid second wave of COVID-19 [Video]

Europe's week: Leaders face tough decisions amid second wave of COVID-19

This week EU leaders grappled with tough decisions on re-introducing restrictive measures amid an uptick in infections. Meanwhile, African countries appear to have been largely spared the mass outbreak..

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 06:55Published
‘Global financial crisis; rise of China, India led to economic rebalancing’: S Jaishankar [Video]

‘Global financial crisis; rise of China, India led to economic rebalancing’: S Jaishankar

During a webinar, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the year 2008 was a turning point in modern era marked by the global financial crisis and the rise of China, India and ASEAN, which..

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Contributing to rise of Africa is in India's strategic interest: EAM Jaishankar [Video]

Contributing to rise of Africa is in India's strategic interest: EAM Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that facilitating, contributing and partnering the rise of Africa is in our strategic interest. "If Africa becomes one of the poles of global politics, it is..

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African films going beyond stereotypes on Netflix [Video]

African films going beyond stereotypes on Netflix

Netflix subscribers will have the chance to watch more authentic portrayals of African characters, rather than what ususally gets produced in Hollywood, with two new films from the continent appearing..

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EU's priorities in Africa should be rule of law, equality and democracy, says MEP [Video]

EU's priorities in Africa should be rule of law, equality and democracy, says MEP

"Our priorities in Europe have to be the same in the agenda with Africa: equality, rule of law and democracy," said MEP Iratxe Garcia. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:50Published
New portrait of Queen Victoria's African goddaughter [Video]

New portrait of Queen Victoria's African goddaughter

A new painting of Queen Victoria's African goddaughter, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, has gone on display. Her portrait is part of a project by English Heritage, to commission and display paintings of black..

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French MPs approve return of looted artefacts to Benin, Senegal [Video]

French MPs approve return of looted artefacts to Benin, Senegal

French legislators have unanimously passed a law to allow the return of 27 African antiques stolen from Senegal and Benin about 150 years ago.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published
France to vote on new law over returning stolen African artworks [Video]

France to vote on new law over returning stolen African artworks

The legislation would pave the way for the restitution of another 26 works to Benin and Senegal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published
Meet the man 'seizing' African art from Western museums [Video]

Meet the man 'seizing' African art from Western museums

Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza is demanding that France return colonial artifacts and has begun 'seizing' African art from museums. Emer McCarthy reports.

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