Central Africa

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Tracing conflict gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Every year, smugglers bring tons of Congolese gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars out of the DRC into neighboring countries. Much of that gold fuels conflict back home. The DRC is finally taking steps to trace and regulate one of the world's most uncontrolled conflict minerals.

Health

We still don't know for sure how Ebola reached humans

Scientists are still trying to figure out when and how the Ebola virus first emerged in humans. Many believe that fruit bats are the so-called “reservoir hosts,” but that remains to be definitively proven. Science writer David Quammen ventured deep into the forest of central Africa to try to find out for his latest book “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus.”

VIDEO: A sanctuary in the Congo takes in orphaned chimpanzees

Orphaned chimpanzees are common in central Africa, their parents poached and killed for exotic restaurants or sold into the pet trade. But a sanctuary for young chimps is taking them in and hopes to return them to the wild.

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VIDEO: A sanctuary in the Congo takes in orphaned chimpanzees

Orphaned chimpanzees are common in central Africa, their parents poached and killed for exotic restaurants or sold into the pet trade. But a sanctuary for young chimps is taking them in and hopes to return them to the wild.

Health

We still don't know for sure how Ebola reached humans

Scientists are still trying to figure out when and how the Ebola virus first emerged in humans. Many believe that fruit bats are the so-called “reservoir hosts,” but that remains to be definitively proven. Science writer David Quammen ventured deep into the forest of central Africa to try to find out for his latest book “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus.”