Africa covers about 22 percent of the land area on Earth. Unfortunately, much of the news coming from Africa these days is of war, government corruption and refugee suffering. But how much do you know about the continent beyond the headlines?
On Aug. 27, 1896, a rebel took over the palace complex in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. British warships opened fire, and the guy surrendered 38 minutes later.
In 1967, archaeologists found ancient Homo sapienbones in Ethiopia and thought they were about 130,000 years old. New research has shown that they're closer to 195,000 years old.
Vilakazi Street, Soweto, South Africa?
The world's largest hospital is in Soweto, but Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu both have residences on Vilakazi Street.
Lake Malawi contains about 500 kinds of fish, more than anywhere else.
Dadaab is a refugee camp in Kenya near the Somali border that could be the world's largest. Estimates put its population at 270,000 -- about three times what it was supposed to hold.
Angola is the continent's biggest crude-oil producer -- but three-quarters of the population live on less than a dollar a day.
Democratic Republic of Congo?
DR Congo (formerly known as Zaire, and not to be confused with the Republic of the Congo) is the most populous Francophone country in the world.
Burkina Faso has an adult literacy rate of only 23.6 percent, the worst in the world.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been the president of Liberia since 2006 -- she was the first female president in Africa and the first black female elected head of state in the world.
The Human Development Index ranks countries in terms of things like life expectancy and standard of living. Sierra Leone was last on that list in 2008.
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