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August 25, 1987 | BETTY LUKAS, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"West With the Night, a Life in Africa" by Beryl Markham. Recorded Books. Long in the shadow of Isak Dinesen, her more spectacular literary contemporary, Beryl Markham emerges here as an airborne poet whose prose is as exciting as the flights she charts over the wild, haunting terrain of East Africa. All of the drama she recounts with telling detail and magnetic metaphor is real--and hers. Markham was the first person to ever fly solo from England to New York (she did it in 1936).
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.
January 17, 2004 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
His ebony skin, curly hair and facial features distinguish Mohammed Abbass as a man of African descent. But he has never set foot in Africa and knows little about the continent and its people. As long as he can recall, his forefathers have lived in Iraq, and his roots are deep in this Middle Eastern country. "Of course I consider myself to be Iraqi," said Abbass, 35, a carpenter. "I don't have any knowledge about my history."
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.
February 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Watch herds of wildebeests and zebras on the move during a 12-day safari to Tanzania that's timed to catch the animals' annual migration across the Serengeti plains. Ron Glazier, retired director of the Santa Ana Zoo , leads the trip that's all about viewing elephants, cheetah, leopards and other wildlife in East Africa . Highlights include visits to Arusha, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and a stop at a Maasai village to witness local traditions. "I am always amazed by the African wildlife and, with each trip, either see a new animal or two, or some animal behavior I have never seen before," Glazier writes via email.
December 27, 1992 | John Heminway, Heminway is host and executive producer of the PBS series "Travels" and the author of three books on Africa. His new production, "The Africa Passion," premieres locally on KCET (Channel 28) Monday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m
I first went to Africa when I was 16. Along with other American schoolboys, led by an English explorer, we sailed from Southampton, bunking in the cheapest cabin on a converted Liberty ship. For two weeks we rode Atlantic rollers and listened to the anguished anticipation of fellow travelers, Southern Africans returning to the continent of theirbirth.
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