Africa

Can South Africa’s Opposition Parties Break Through?

Papi Mazibuko, a 50-year-old library assistant, decided it was time to switch teams and vote for the Democratic Alliance, the leading opposition party in the national elections in South Africa…

South Africa’s Black Elites Sour on the President They Championed

Cyril Ramaphosa ascended to the presidency of South Africa several years ago carrying the excitement and optimism of the country’s rising Black professionals, who saw themselves in him: a measured…

South Africa’s Young Democracy Leaves Its Young Voters Disillusioned

At the dawn of South Africa’s democracy after the fall of the racist apartheid government, millions lined up before sunrise to cast their ballots in the country’s first free and…

The Deadly Prelude to South Africa’s First Free Elections

Thirty years ago, Black South Africans voted for the first time as the country celebrated the monumental birth of a democracy. As I write this, South Africa is bathed in…

Biden Plans to Give Kenya Key Ally Designation During Its Leader’s Visit

President Biden will designate Kenya on Thursday as a “major non-NATO ally,” according to a U.S. official, a move that reflects the president’s determination to deepen relations with the East…

Kenyan President’s State Visit: An Antidote to U.S. Troubles in Africa?

As other African nations move away from the United States, disillusioned with democracy or lured by rival powers, President William Ruto of Kenya arrives in Washington on Wednesday for a…

Four Lawmakers Denounce Plan to Ease Sanctions on Mining Executive

A bipartisan group of four congressional lawmakers have objected to the Biden administration plan to boost access to metals needed for electric vehicle batteries by easing sanctions on an Israeli…

Congolese Army Says It Foiled a Coup Involving Americans

The military of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Sunday that it had foiled a coup attempt involving foreigners, hours after a gunfight near the presidential palace in which…

South Africa’s Highest Court Says Jacob Zuma Can’t Serve in Parliament

South Africa’s highest court on Monday ruled that former President Jacob Zuma was not eligible to serve in Parliament, a decision that may deepen political turmoil in the country just…

When a Tale of Migration Is Not Just Fiction

The two teenagers on the screen trudging through the endless dunes of the Sahara on their way to Europe were actors. So were the fellow migrants tortured in a bloodstained…

White House Considers Easing Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire

Three years after Biden administration officials tightened sanctions on a billionaire Israeli mining executive for corrupt business practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they have reversed themselves and are…

Baobab Trees Had a Strange Evolutionary Journey

Baobabs are one of the most charismatic trees on Earth, thanks in part to their unusual appearance. Their cartoonishly thick trunks are conspicuously oversized relative to their diminutive crowns, earning…

Swiss Court Convicts Ousman Sonko, Ex-Gambian Minister, of Crimes Against Humanity

A former interior minister and enforcer for a violent and autocratic Gambian president was convicted of crimes against humanity on Wednesday for the torture and executions of civilians and sentenced…

Kenya Rallies Police Officers Ahead of Haiti Deployment

Hundreds of Kenyan police officers have been training since late last year to embark on the deployment of a lifetime: helping lead a multinational force tasked with quelling gang-fueled lawlessness…

Burkina Faso Accused of Massacring Civilians

He lay on top of his young sons, trying to shield them with his body, he said. The military had forced them and dozens of other villagers under a baobab…

Chad’s Military Ruler Is Announced as Winner of Disputed Election

Celebratory gunshots rang out in the capital of the Central African nation of Chad on Thursday night after its military ruler, President Mahamat Idriss Déby, was declared the winner of…

Rescue Efforts Continue After South Africa Building Collapse

new video loaded: Rescue Efforts Continue After South Africa Building Collapse transcript Back transcript Rescue Efforts Continue After South Africa Building Collapse The four-story building under construction collapsed on Monday,…

Jacob Zuma, Once Leader of the A.N.C., Becomes Its Political Rival

Jobless graduates, struggling business owners and army veterans marched through the eastern South African city of Pietermaritzburg this week, chanting the name “Jacob Zuma.” The 500 or so demonstrators brought…

After Her Sister Wed at 11, a Girl Began Fighting Child Marriage at 13

When they were children, Memory Banda and her younger sister were inseparable, just a year apart in age and often mistaken for twins. They shared not only clothes and shoes,…

Boeing Plane Goes Off Runway in Senegal, Leaving at Least 10 Injured

At least 10 people, including the pilot, were injured when a Boeing passenger plane overran the runway while aborting takeoff from Senegal’s international airport in the outskirts of Dakar on…

Passengers Escape Burning Boeing Plane at Airport in Senegal

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‘We Still Have Hope’: Rescuers Race to Find Dozens Missing in South Africa Building Collapse

It may not have been his dream, but Gift Kasonda was happy to have been working as a laborer on a construction site in South Africa’s coastal city of George.…

Inquiry Into Johannesburg Fire Blames City Officials for Deadly Conditions

An inquiry into a deadly fire in Johannesburg last August that killed 76 people and exposed a housing crisis in South Africa’s largest city placed the blame on officials who…

The Bleak Life in Captivity of Niger’s Deposed President, Mohamed Bazoum

Held captive by his former security guards in an isolated wing of his house, the deposed president of Niger paces a bedroom with no direct daylight, cut off from the…