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Afghanistan
Mosque Attack Kills 21
A bomb blast during evening prayers yesterday at a mosque in the Khair Khana neighborhood of the Afghan capital city Kabul has left 21 people dead and injured another 33. Among the dead is a prominent Muslim cleric. The ruling Taliban has not assigned blame for the attack, nor has any group taken credit for it. Islamic State has increased the number of attacks in the country, and has exhibited patterns of attacking places of worship. The Taliban has pledged to bring peace to Afghanistan since regaining control of the country one year ago, however they face opposition from Islamic State and other armed groups within the country, as well as condemnation from the international community due to its human rights record.

This map depicts the location of the Khair Khana neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, where an apparent suicide bombing at a mosque has killed 21 people. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: Barron's
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Sudan
Deadly Flood Season
On Thursday, Sudanese officials updated the death toll from seasonal floods to 77 people, with 14,500 homes destroyed. Sudan’s rainy season began in May and is projected to last until September. The provinces most affected include North Kordofan, Jazira, South Kordofan, South Darfur, and River Nile. More than 136,000 people have been affected by the floods in eastern Sudan and the Kordofan states, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Heavy rains are still in the forecast, with the death toll expected to increase. Last year, more than 80 people were killed and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed by flooding and heavy rain in Sudan.

This map depicts the number of people affected by floods in Sudan as of August 14. Click on the map to learn more.
Further Reading: ABC News, AP News, Barron's, US News
Graphic Source: OCHA
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Guinea
Dinosaur-era Meteor Crater Found
Scientists have recently discovered a meteor crater off the coast of Guinea dating back to the time of the famous Chicxulub meteor impact in Mexico. The Chicxulub event is assumed to be responsible for a series of events leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs. The new crater, named Nadir, is located roughly 250 miles (400 km) off the coast of Guinea, and is around 6.2 miles (10 km) wide, leading scientists to believe the meteor was around .3 miles (.5 km) wide at impact. The impact of such an object into the ocean would have been about a thousand times stronger than the Tongan volcanic eruption this past January, producing a seismic event equivalent to a 6.5 or 7 magnitude earthquake and a series of tsunamis. Given the rarity of major meteor strikes and the close dating to the same period, some scientists are questioning whether Nadir was a fragment of the larger meteor that struck Chicxulub.

This map depicts the location of the newly-discovered Nadir crater off the coast of west Africa. Analysis of the minerals and fossils around the crater date it to around the same time as the famous Chicxulub meteor strike in Mexico. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: Science Advances
Yesterday's Answer
Q: Which continent hosts the youngest population in the world? 

A: Africa
The African continent hosts the youngest populations in the world. Around 70% of the people are below the age of 30. In many nations across the continent, this could be partially attributed to the effects of colonialism and the civil wars that ensued after independence. However, the boom of youthful populations is also due to high fertility rates and declining child mortality rates. In Niger, the country with the largest youthful population, 56.9% of its population is under 18. Of the top 30 countries with the highest percentage of population under 18, all except one, Afghanistan, are within Africa, and 17 of those countries have more than 50% of their population under 18. While a youthful population provides opportunities to address sustainability and developmental challenges, the reality is that much of the youth are facing unemployment and a lack of access to jobs and resources. In contrast, much of the developed world have increasingly aging populations, leading to high healthcare costs and low skilled labor.

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