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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

That might be true in 2017, or at the beginning of the 2018 when UK analytics firm Cable published its speed table. Right now you can check the stats live. And although Madagascar is still "faster" ...
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Do African countries have to pay a "colonial tax" to France?

No. Here's a news article from April 2014, African Monetary Union Stirs Criticism of France A hoard of cash sits in the Bank of France: $20 billion in African money held in trust by the ...
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Is Rub' al Khali the largest sand desert in the world?

These rankings are all a matter of what counts and what doesn’t. For examples, I’ve constructed three similar rankings, each one a little stricter—which forces out some contenders, and gives those ...
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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

As of July 2019 according to the Speedtest.net Global Index , Madagascar (unranked mobile, rank 68 fixed) ranks below all of the 3 listed countries: United Kingdom (rank 50 mobile, rank 41 fixed), ...
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Did 60% of polled South Africans say the country was better run during apartheid?

The Guardian article is from 2002. I owe a huge hat-tip to @Klanomath for finding the original 2002 survey where I failed, including a code book with the list of questions. The questions cover a lot ...
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Is Rub' al Khali the largest sand desert in the world?

The Arabian Desert is not only a sand desert All sand deserts are deserts, but not all deserts are sand deserts. And you do not call an entire desert a sand desert just because a part of it — in this ...
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Do any people in South Africa traditionally spend two days together praising wrong-doers to help them?

The story in question was originally attributed not to an anthropologist, but to a childhood memory! Consider the Babemba tribes of southern Africa, where the social structure includes only an ...
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Does Ebola pose "little risk to the U.S. general population"?

The WHO website has some good information about Ebola. In particular, Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through ...
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Were three brothers killed while trying to have sex with a crocodile?

Although that webpage had protection to avoid anyone easily copying their image, I was able to find it in the source code and do a reverse image search. The earliest source I found for the image was ...
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Did France flood Guinea with counterfeit currency to destabilize it?

Yes, this actually happened, according to French journalists Roger Faligot and Pascal Krop, both of whom were mainstream journalists and specialized in French counterinsurgency and covert operations. ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

It depends The available analysis (e.g. Human Rights Watch report, IRCT, though limited references to primary sources) state that, in essence, "The normal variability in anal sphincter tone and ...
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Do African countries using Ivermectin have a better Covid-19 situation?

The first really important question is what exactly it means that those countries use ivermectin or are part of APOC. Both papers seem to assume that this status is binary, a country is either in the ...
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Are high temperatures the cause of nudity being not unusual amongst the Daasanach?

Other sources indicate a less innocent explanation: nudity is the penalty for not undergoing female genital mutilation. Amongst females, only those who've undergone it are allowed to wear clothing, ...
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Did Malian sailors reach the Americas in 1311 CE?

I'll try and take a stab at this, though I don't know if I have found enough non-circumstantial evidence to prove my conclusion. However, I also doubt that anyone without knowing Arabic or French and ...
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Did Malian sailors reach the Americas in 1311 CE?

The originator of this version of history was Ivan van Sertima. He authored They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America A rebuttal of this work was published as Robbing ...
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Is Rub' al Khali the largest sand desert in the world?

Table 5.1 of Aeolian Sand and Sand Dunes lists all sand deserts (ergs) that are larger than 12,000 km2. The second largest at 560,000 km2 is Rub' al Khali. The largest at 630,000 km2 ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

The scientific consensus is that examinations of the sort described are both ineffective and unethical. I found an essay from PLOS medicine, titled Forced anal examinations to ascertain sexual ...
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Was electricity ever free in Gaddafi's regime?

The claim that There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens. is false. There was electricity bills but the price was very low. According to IMF, Libya's ...
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Did Food Prices Spur the Arab Spring?

On one hand, slogans of the Arab Spring included chants about access to bread, and there is a strong correlation between the FAO Food Price Index and two waves of protests. The dotted blue line here ...
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Are high temperatures the cause of nudity being not unusual amongst the Daasanach?

See Women’s Worlds in Dassanetch, Southern Ethiopia, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (2005). Unlike boys Dassanetch girls start wearing clothes from ...
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Did an experimental Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) cause the AIDS pandemic?

Different theories have emerged to hypothesize about origins for the human immunodeficiency infection (HIV) and (AIDS), with theories emerging from coincidental acts to evidently intentional acts. ...
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Does Africa have to choose between renewable energy and economic growth?

An answer to this question depends how one chooses to interpret that Putin said. I interpret it as him saying solar panels are more expensive than alternatives, perhaps for the next 20-30 years. That ...
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Do any people in South Africa traditionally spend two days together praising wrong-doers to help them?

Short answer: This is most likely nonsense. Ubuntu roughly denotes "a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity"(1), and while it is sometimes opposed to victimisation ...
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Are these pictures of the recent terrorist attack in Kenya (NSFW)?

In this BBC article today, Kenya student killings: BBC gains access to Garissa dormitories, the poster image for the video appears to be a picture of the same room/location as the second photograph ...
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Are these women “for sale in the market in Libya”?

Are these women in Libya Probably not in Libya. are they for sale in a market, and are they for sale as slaves? Maybe. The oldest version (June 26, 2018) I can find with reverse image search ...
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Did Libyan brides get a USD 90000 dowry from the government?

From 1992, the UAE has offered a "marriage fund" to address what it describes as the problem of increasing number of spinsters as well as the reluctance of UAE men to marry national women. ...
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Do African Immigrants have the highest academic achievement in the U.S. of any ethnic group?

The article you linked correctly restates the conclusions of an article published in the "news and views" section of a scientific journal. I am unable to tell if their conclusions are rigorously true, ...
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Are three quarters of immigrants "flooding Europe today" from central Africa?

For immigration into Europe, African immigrants account for 24% of all migrants (2013). Refugees/asylum seeker numbers are mentioned in the other answer, but I'd stress how important it is not to ...
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Are three quarters of immigrants "flooding Europe today" from central Africa?

In 2015 the vast majority of those applying for asylum in the EU were from war-torn regions like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34131911 It is not clear which ...
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Did Malian sailors reach the Americas in 1311 CE?

"An Egyptian scholar, Ibn Fadl Al-Umari, published Masalik ab Absar fi Mamalik al Amsar in Cairo around 1342. In the tenth chapter of this work, there is an account of two large maritime voyages ...
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