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September 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
French commandos stormed a yacht hijacked by Somalian pirates, killing one, capturing six and freeing two French hostages. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the raid was a warning to criminals on the high seas, and he called for other nations to take action against piracy off East Africa. He said Somalian pirates were holding 150 people and at least 15 ships, mainly in Eyl, a Somalian area that serves as a base for the pirates.
January 26, 1999 | PAULA PISANI
Ojai resident Rick Ridgeway has sailed to Tahiti, climbed the Himalayas without the use of bottled oxygen, joined the Bicentennial Everest Expedition, survived typhoid in Borneo, almost died in an avalanche and walked across East Africa, dodging herds of angry elephants and cranky hippos. He's also written a number of books on his adventures, produced documentaries, and launched his own line of sleeping bags, tents and packs.
May 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Malagasy people of Madagascar carry the genes from ancestors in nearby East Africa and distant Borneo, suggesting a big migration from Asia to Africa 2,000 years ago, British researchers reported Tuesday. The genetic study, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, supports the puzzling finding that the Malagasy language more closely resembles Indonesian dialects than East African tongues.
April 19, 1992
Your State Department advisory regarding robberies in Kenya and in particular the Masai Mara (News & Briefs, March 8) troubled me because I have just returned from this wonderful country and its popular game park for the second time. Never did I feel threatened nor did I ever feel suspicious of any Kenyan. To the contrary, they (made me) feel very special and treated me with the utmost respect and courtesy. I take with great offense that Kenya was singled out as an "alert" to tourists as I uphold East Africa as my favorite, special corner of the world.
July 5, 1986 | From United Press International
The Hollywood hit movie "Out of Africa" is luring U.S. tourists to East African safari parks despite widespread fears of terrorist attacks abroad, tour operators have reported Cautious American travelers are avoiding routes that would take them through European cities where terrorists have operated in the last year, the operators say.
July 2, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Snow traces the evolution of Chinese foreign policy in Africa and attitudes toward Africans, from the first contacts between the cultures in Roman times through the present. Unlike their European counterparts, the Chinese explorers and traders who visited East Africa during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries showed no interest in conquest or colonization.
November 16, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER FYFE, Christopher Fyfe taught African history at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, from 1962 to 1991
It is now some 50 years since African history began to be taken seriously. So long as the European empires remained entrenched in Africa, it was taken for granted that Africans had no history of their own. But once decolonization was on the agenda, historians began to investigate the African past, and over the years, they have succeeded in bringing their studies into the academic curriculum. Now this 50-year period is itself a subject of historiographical study.
September 13, 2002
As I have recently moved from Los Angeles to East Africa, I read "Coming Home to Africa" (Sept. 10) with great interest. My experiences as an African American woman living in Nairobi, Kenya, with a white American boyfriend are in stark contrast to those described in the article. Aside from the inconveniences of living in a Third World country, I have encountered more discrimination here than I ever did in the U.S. Merely because I am with a white man, Kenyans often assume I am a prostitute.
November 3, 1996 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
The most exotic cruise itinerary we can imagine--rarer than the Antarctic or even the Northwest Passage--is a circumnavigation of Africa. We've done a cobbled-together version of it on three or four different ships over as many years. So it's doubly exciting to receive announcements in the mail for two such cruises coming up, one in early 1997, the other in early 1998.
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