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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."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SCIENCE
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.
TRAVEL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1985 | Dennis McDougal
USA for Africa has a choice it's making. It's saving children's lives. It's true it'll make a better day, but not until next week. . . . USA for Africa's recently concluded safari into East Africa is not producing any dramatic immediate results, beyond its announced plan to make a documentary movie of the trip.
BOOKS
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.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Maersk Alabama, featured in the movie “Captain Phillips,” has left the Seychelles after authorities completed the investigation into the deaths of two Americans, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL. On Tuesday, two Americans were found dead in a cabin on the ship, berthed in Port of Victoria in the island nation of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Neither officials nor the company have said what happened. “Maersk Alabama was cleared to leave the Seychelles when the authorities completed their onboard investigation,” company spokesman Kevin N. Speers said in an e-mailed statement.
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