South African scientists will this week present evidence of a comet that struck Earth, heating the sands of the Sahara desert to 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,632 degrees Fahrenheit) and forming the silica glass found in Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s scarab broach.
The killing of foreign workers in the Algerian desert threatens production from North Africa’s largest oil and gas industry, the main source of revenue for a country that avoided unrest when the Arab spring swept away regimes across the region.
The cocoa crop in top producer Ivory Coast may avoid damage from dryness this year as the Harmattan winds, which blow from the Sahara desert, arrived later than usual, helping soil to retain moisture from rains.
Ernest Borgnine, the Oscar-winning actor whose parts ranged from ominous heavies and humble everymen to the buffoonish skipper of a PT boat in the television series “McHale’s Navy,” has died. He was 95.