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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.
July 25, 2012 | By Erin Loury, Los Angeles Times
Scaling up the distribution of HIV medication over the last decade has vastly increased the number of people receiving treatment around the world.  An estimated 8 million infected people received the antiretroviral drugs in 2011, compared to just 400,000 in 2003. But with this massive roll-out comes an inevitable and potentially dangerous consequence: The AIDS virus can more easily develop resistance to these life-saving drugs. The first study to assess the global trend in HIV drug resistance in low- and middle-income countries concluded that it has been rising in parts of sub-Saharan Africa since the antiretrovirals became widely available.
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.
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.
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