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Bonjour Google! Gmail adds auto-translationupdated: Wed May 02 2012 11:29:00

Technology keeps bringing us closer to a world where people can communicate freely across language barriers.

Fusing opera and African musical stylesupdated: Tue May 01 2012 12:40:00

Opera singer Thomas Hampson and members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo form an unique musical sound.

Where in the world ... ?updated: Mon Apr 23 2012 15:23:00

[Update 3 p.m. ET Monday, April 23] Despite some out-there guesses (reader Riz Khan: "This is planet Mars"), Harmon Miller was the first to answer correctly. Congrats!

World Bank: 75% of poor don't have bank accountsupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 20:20:00

Three quarters of the world's poor are living without a bank account, impeded by physical distance from banks and by bureaucratic roadblocks, according to a World Bank report.

Solar lamps replace toxic kerosene in poorest countriesupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 04:58:00

When the sun goes down over large swathes of the developing world, the 1.3 billion people currently living without access to an electricity connection are plunged into darkness.

Study: Naked mole-rats reveal clues to treating arthritisupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 09:33:00

Experiments on naked mole-rats may lead to better treatments with fewer side effects for humans suffering from painful inflammatory arthritis, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Science.

Africa's birth rate: 'Why women must be free to choose' updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 12:36:00

Last week the world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant. But behind the headlines is a complicated demographic picture -- and one that masks huge disparities. The current rate of growth means that there are 78 million more people every year. Nearly all of that growth -- 97 out of every 100 people - is occurring in less developed countries.

7 billion people and beyondupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 12:36:00

U.N. announces that the world population has reached seven billion. CNN's Richard Roth tries to survive.

Redefining family for orphaned kidsupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 19:19:00

Actor/director Gary Sinise introduces Top 10 CNN Hero Amy Stokes, who connects South African teens with mentors online.

Finding 'infinite' family onlineupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 19:19:00

Amy Stokes is redefining "family" for South African children affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty.

Gadhafi's legacy in Africa: 'Madman or god?'updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 08:10:00

Not too long ago, the African stage belonged to Moammar Gadhafi.

IVF helps Nigerians overcome infertility stigma updated: Thu Sep 15 2011 06:24:00

In-vitro fertilization is growing fast in Nigeria, a country where childlessness can be seen as a social failure, especially for women.

Nigeria's first IVF clinicupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 06:24:00

After studying in the UK, Dr. Richard Ajayi returned to Nigeria in 1999 to set up the country's first IVF treatment clinic.

African migrant workers trapped in Libyaupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 06:11:00

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva explains why many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are being targeted in Libya.

Where are the undernourished?updated: Thu Aug 18 2011 14:56:00

About 13% of the world's population is undernourished, according to the most recent statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Bringing solar light bulbs to the worldupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 11:40:00

It started with such a simple concept: A solar light bulb that charges up during the day and lights the night when the sun sets.

First Lady's relationship adviceupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 18:15:00

First Lady Michelle Obama gives dating advice and encourages the dreams of a group of British girls.

Michelle Obama and her daughters arrive in South Africaupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 18:15:00

First lady Michelle Obama arrived in South Africa on Monday for the start of a weeklong trip that officials have said will focus on youth leadership and education, and include meetings with key figures in the anti-apartheid struggle.

More than 100 million kids worldwide work in hazardous jobsupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 23:40:00

Every minute of every day, a child laborer somewhere in the world suffers a work-related accident, illness or trauma, the International Labor Organization said Friday.

In Africa, Clinton will see a continent starved for aid, changeupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 01:46:00

Hillary Clinton's weeklong trip to sub-Saharan Africa takes her to a continent hungry for economic growth and political accountability but still shackled by poverty and government corruption.

Boat crammed with refugees from Libya reaches tiny Italian islandupdated: Sat May 14 2011 08:51:00

Shortly after dawn, an open blue wooden fishing boat from Libya limped its way into the port of this tiny island, crammed with at least 166 shivering passengers, all of them apparently migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thousands of Libyans flee to Italyupdated: Sat May 14 2011 08:51:00

Libyan refugees say they made the treacherous trip by sea to escape fighting in their country. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

CNNMoney: World wastes 1 billion tons of food a yearupdated: Wed May 11 2011 16:30:00

The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.

2010: U.S. population tops 300 millionupdated: Wed May 04 2011 05:49:00

The newly-released U.S. Census shows the U.S. population grew 9.7% to 308.7 million people over the past decade.

U.N.: Earth's population to hit 9 billion by 2050, 10 billion by 2100updated: Wed May 04 2011 05:49:00

The planet's population, now almost 7 billion, is expected to reach the 9 billion mark before 2050, according to a revised United Nations projection announced Tuesday.

French report suggests new ways to feed the futureupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 00:33:00

With the world's population set to reach the seven billion milestone later this year the challenge of feeding our planet has never been more urgent.

The chicken of the sea?updated: Thu Mar 31 2011 00:33:00

Omnivorous tilapia are one of the easiest and most profitable fish to farm - and they're sustainable.

Experts warn Africa must learn from India's microfinance problemsupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 08:33:00

It has been lauded as one of the most promising ways of using the market to reduce poverty and boost economies in some of the world's most deprived areas.

When will North Africa's revolutions spread south?updated: Thu Mar 03 2011 07:46:00

"So when will it be the turn of sub-Saharan Africa? When will the revolution move south?" That appears to be the "question-of-the-moment," inspired by the dictator-toppling protests of North Africa.

'Lost Boy' helps tackle brain drainupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 09:43:00

A Sudanese "Lost Boy" now runs a venture that helps young Africans around the world start businesses back home.

Former 'Lost Boy' runs boot camps for businessupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 09:43:00

Garang Akau has cheated fate more than once in his short lifetime. While millions of his countrymen perished during Sudan's last civil war in the early 1980s, he managed to escape.

Officials in Ghana downplay airport incident reported as 'crash'updated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:25:00

The Transport Ministry in Ghana has downplayed an incident involving two commercial jets at its main airport on Monday night which some media reports have described as a plane crash.

Group: Use of 'Sub-Saharan Africa' disparagingupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 09:42:00

A leading African organization is spearheading a campaign to stop the use of the phrase "Sub-Saharan Africa," calling it a "disparaging and contemptuous" reference to nations south of the Sahara.

Maternal deaths drop by a third, report saysupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:34:00

The number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by a third in the past two decades, according to a report out Wednesday from four world bodies including Unicef and the World Health Organization.

Opinion: In the face of progress, are we becoming 'plant blind'?updated: Mon Aug 09 2010 22:33:00

Life as we know it would simply not exist without plants.

Women prefer men in red, study showsupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 08:04:00

Men on the prowl for a date may want to add red to their wardrobe.

Africans among world's most religious people, study findsupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 04:30:00

At least half of all Christians in sub-Saharan Africa believe Jesus will return to Earth in their lifetime -- part of a pattern that indicates the region is among the most religious places in the world, according to a huge new study.

Fear of science will kill usupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 10:47:00

American denialism threatens many areas of scientific progress, including the widespread fear of vaccines and the useless trust placed in the vast majority of dietary supplements quickly come to mind.

Challenges of life in Lagosupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 10:22:00

CNN's Christian Purefoy examines the challenges of life in the most-populous city in sub-Saharan Africa.

U.N. report: New HIV infections decreasingupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 15:16:00

New HIV infections have fallen worldwide by 17 percent over the past eight years, a testament to prevention efforts, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.

Fortune: Africa's new apartheidupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 05:08:00

There's an irony afoot on the African continent. After years of state control of their economies, African governments are opening up to foreign business as never before.

Fight against Islamic militants forces Nigerians to fleeupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 12:03:00

More than 2,500 Nigerians caught in the fighting between Islamic militants and government forces have fled their homes in the northern part of the country, a Red Cross spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Nigeria: Scores die after battle with militantsupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 22:50:00

As many as 150 people may have been killed as Islamic militants battled Nigerian government police and troops Sunday and Monday in the north-central part of the nation, officials said.

Doctors target meningitis outbreak in Africaupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 00:15:00

Doctors Without Borders has embarked on a massive vaccination campaign in three African countries to combat an outbreak of meningitis that has killed hundreds of people, the organization said Wednesday.

Can malaria deaths be eradicated by 2015?updated: Mon Apr 27 2009 06:10:00

Malaria is preventable and curable, yet every 30 seconds, a child in sub-Saharan Africa dies from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

Commentary: Yes, we can eradicate malariaupdated: Sat Apr 25 2009 10:39:00

For the past few decades when talking about malaria, public health officials and malaria experts have avoided the word "eradication."

Map offers hope in fight against malariaupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 11:36:00

A new map illustrating global malaria risk in unprecedented detail suggests that wiping out the disease in many parts of the world is possible.

Pope visits Africa, reaffirms ban on condomsupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 20:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI refused Wednesday to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope.

Thirsty world: Desperate quest for waterupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 07:30:00

Water is the key to life. It is fundamental to all human activities. Water grows the food we eat, generates the energy that supports our modern economies and maintains the ecological services on which we all depend. Yet billions of people worldwide still lack access to the most basic human right: safe, clean, adequate water. New Debate Over Circumcision, HIV Reductionupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 16:00:00

A new study finds no signficant reduction in H.I.V. transmission rates among circumcised men who have sex with men, but the authors say the issue deserves future study High-Speed Internet Coming to Africaupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 11:00:00

Boosting connectivity should do the same to the continent's social and economic health, granting citizens access to crucial online health, education and government services

Opening up Africaupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 12:20:00

One of the key elements of many business schools' student intake is its diversity -- leading programs often have dozens of nations represented, including some from developing economies. UN: Fewer AIDS Deaths Globallyupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 17:00:00

Fewer people are dying of AIDS, more patients are on HIV medication and the global AIDS epidemic is stable after peaking in the late 1990s

Spain: Boat migrants die, bodies cast into seaupdated: Sat Jul 12 2008 09:05:00

The Spanish Interior Ministry says the death toll among migrants found packed aboard a boat trying to reach one of Spain's Canary Islands has risen to at least six.

15 dead as migrants attempt to reach Spainupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 08:28:00

Fifteen Africans died while trying to reach Spain's southern coast in a small, overcrowded boat, Spanish officials told CNN on Thursday. Warming Threatens Global Securityupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 12:00:00

Global warming is likely to increase illegal immigration, create humanitarian disasters and destabilize precarious governments in political hot spots according to an intelligence report Report: Child Soldiers Decreasingupdated: Wed May 21 2008 09:00:00

The number of conflicts in which child soldiers were involved dropped sharply from 27 in 2004 to 17 at the end of last year, according to a United Nations report

Protests raise fears of food crisisupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 04:28:00

Food prices are soaring sending political shockwaves around the world but the reasons behind the looming crisis are numerous and complicated.

Indian village recyclesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 03:34:00

A village in India is taking on the country's plastic crisis, one bag at a time. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

All about: Rural communitiesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 03:34:00

It is said that nowhere else on earth will the impacts of climate change be felt more acutely than in the developing world. Testing for Heart Risk More Cheaplyupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 19:00:00

Fast, inexpensive, noninvasive patient exams offer hope for more effective treatment of heart disease in the developing world

Fortune: A new approach to an old diseaseupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 10:04:00

Charles Kimando, a doctor in Kenya, has long been frustrated with his limited arsenal of drugs to treat malaria. The parasitic disease makes its appearance after heavy rains in Embu, the central Kenyan town where he is based. Kimando has access to a drug called Arsucam, but it treats malaria with two different pills, one of which tastes terrible and sometimes has side effects. "It can be hard to get people to take the available drugs," he says.

Star-studded concert highlights World AIDS Dayupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 03:28:00

Surrounded by some of the biggest names in music, former South African President Nelson Mandela sounded another call to arms Saturday in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Concert raises awarenessupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 03:28:00

Nelson Mandela urges youth to take responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports

HIV numbers revisitedupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 10:53:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on revised U.N. AIDS estimates that do little to comfort AIDS sufferers in South Africa.

U.N. cuts HIV infection estimateupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 10:53:00

The number of people around the world living with the virus that causes AIDS is actually nearly seven million fewer than previous estimates, according to the United Nations.

When medical disaster strikesupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 12:52:00

When a business trip goes wrong, it really can go wrong. And we're not talking about cancelled flights, or being stuck in a hotel room due to floods. Shortage of Doctors Affects Rural U.S.updated: Mon Jul 23 2007 08:50:00

A national shortage of doctors is hitting poor places the hardest, and efforts to bring in foreign physicians to fill the gap are running into a knot of restrictions from the war on terror and the immigration debate

Bush requests more money for international AIDS fightupdated: Wed May 30 2007 09:27:00

President Bush asked Congress on Wednesday to triple the funding for his international AIDS initiative and extend the program an additional five years.

Statement of Paul Wolfowitzupdated: Thu May 17 2007 18:29:00

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz issued this statement Thursday:

Fortune: PROBLEM NO. 2: HUNGER AND MALNUTRITIONupdated: Mon Mar 05 2007 00:01:00

THE BACKGROUND More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the ...

Business 2.0: Problem no. 3: Hunger and malnutritionupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 14:41:00

The background: More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the developing world, especially in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

CNNMoney: 25 years of AIDS and cure remains elusiveupdated: Fri Dec 01 2006 12:15:00

Twenty-five years and 25 million deaths after the first AIDS diagnosis in San Francisco, drug companies are still looking for the Holy Grail in HIV research: a vaccine that would prevent infection.

An AIDS warrior's legacy: Heart, tenacityupdated: Thu Nov 30 2006 14:27:00

To see white-haired Father Angelo D'Agostino, an 80-year-old Jesuit and doctor, you would almost certainly underestimate his strengths.

The MBAs who changed the world?updated: Wed Nov 22 2006 06:25:00

When most MBA students take on practical business exercises their main ambitions are a bit of useful experience and a good grade.

The day in numbers: 39.5 millionupdated: Wed Nov 22 2006 04:31:00

Some 39.5 million people are living with AIDS worldwide, according to a U.N. report released on Tuesday. "This year's report gives us real cause for concern," said U.N. AIDS chief Peter Piot, who warned the "global epidemic is growing in all areas."

Fortune: Good morning, Africaupdated: Mon Sep 25 2006 16:52:00

Out of Africa, the headline news is usually related to the legendary four horsemen of the Apocalypse - pestilence, war, famine and death. No question, these horsemen run rampant on the continent; but there is another story worth hearing too.

Business 2.0: Cashing in on immigrationupdated: Thu Sep 14 2006 12:03:00

Hear that giant sucking sound in the distance? It's not the roar of American jobs fleeing to developing countries, as Ross Perot famously warned more than a decade ago. It's the clamor of U.S. employers sucking in workers from developing countries to do the jobs we'll all be too old to manage ourselves in the not-too distant future.

Amanpour: World fails to save Africa's AIDS orphans updated: Mon Jul 17 2006 07:40:00

AIDS invaded our consciousness 25 years ago. A whole generation around the world has now grown up knowing only a world with AIDS.

Fortune: Unhappy anniversaryupdated: Fri May 26 2006 12:37:00

It's not the kind of milestone one wants to celebrate. On June 5, the 25th anniversary of the first published case of what was later identified as AIDS, an estimated 40 million people around the wo...

U.N.: Fewer children in factories, fieldsupdated: Thu May 04 2006 15:39:00

Child labor is on the decline -- especially in Latin America -- and its most egregious forms could be eliminated within the next decade, a U.N. agency said Thursday in a report it called "cautiously optimistic."

Indonesia bird flu death confirmedupdated: Tue Apr 04 2006 11:52:00

A young girl in Indonesia died of highly pathogenic bird flu last month, bringing the country's total number of confirmed H5N1 human cases to 30, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday.

Fortune: How shantytowns become real cities updated: Mon Oct 17 2005 00:01:00

COME WITH ME TO KIBERA: THE LARGEST SHANTYTOWN in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 500,000 people live in this vast illegal section of Nairobi, in mud huts on mud streets, with no fresh water or sanit...

G8 ministers back Africa debt dealupdated: Sun Jun 12 2005 07:33:00

Finance ministers from the world's wealthiest nations have agreed to a historic accord to cancel up to $55 billion worth of debt owed by the world's poorest nations.

African relief: Praise and cautionupdated: Sun Jun 12 2005 02:53:00

The new head of the World Bank has praised a historic agreement by Group of Eight finance ministers to cancel up to $55 billion in foreign debt owed by some of the world's poorest nations.

Franz Humer: Sometimes it's lonely at the topupdated: Fri May 13 2005 09:50:00

CNN Financial Editor Todd Benjamin speaks to Franz Humer, chairman of Roche, Switzerland's second largest pharmaceuticals firm, who explains why it's sometimes lonely at the top.

Essay: The class system of catastropheupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 12:20:00

Though the epicenter of last week's disaster was in the Indian Ocean, the devastating toll was felt worldwide.

Interactive map charts world hungerupdated: Thu Aug 05 2004 09:15:00

The United Nations World Food Programme has added longitude and latitude to its hunger awareness campaign with the publication of an interactive map plotting the location of the world's hungriest people.

Fortune: Which Nations Will Go Forth and Multiply?updated: Mon Apr 19 2004 00:01:00

When asked how long it will take for the world's population to double, nearly half of all Americans say 20 years or less. That's hardly surprising, given the crowding many of us encounter in everyd...

Fortune: BIRTHRATES IN EXTREMISupdated: Mon Sep 21 1992 00:01:00

The mix of citizens in developed countries is tilting toward the old. For youth, look to the Third World, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, where families average six-plus children each (see chart)....


Away from the glare of TV cameras that follow South Africa's Nelson Mandela, most of the 47 nations that make up sub-Saharan Africa are quietly jettisoning socialism in favor of economic liberaliza...

Fortune: THE WEALTH THAT LEAVES NO TRACKSupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

Some famous --and infamous names, such as members of the Mafia, are not on FORTUNE's list of billionaires, even though they have supposedly amassed huge piles of money. Their riches are hard to pro...

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