- Nigeria hit by deadly cholera surge in northern stateson August 3, 2021 at 1:23 pm
Nigeria has been hit by a surge in cholera cases in recent weeks, focused on the country’s north and adding to a public health crisis accompanied by a rise in COVID-19 cases.
- Highly contagious Delta variant has spiked Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 80% in one month, WHO sayson August 3, 2021 at 12:12 pm
Coronavirus deaths in Africa rose rapidly over the past month, as fatalities surged by 80 percent within the last four weeks, the World Health Organization has said.
- See hero’s welcome Tunisian medalist receives for stunning Olympic winon August 2, 2021 at 5:26 am
Tunisia gave a hero’s welcome to swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui, who stunned the world by winning gold in the men’s 400 meter freestyle. Many Tunisians say his win is a bright spot as the country undergoes a coronavirus surge and political turmoil. CNN’s Michael Holmes reports.
- Africa’s most populous city is battling floods and rising seas. It may soon be unlivable, experts warnon August 2, 2021 at 12:02 am
Cars and houses submerged in water, commuters wading through buses knee-high in floods, and homeowners counting the cost of destroyed properties.
- With Gatherings Banned Amid Turmoil, Tunisians Can Only Watch. And Wait.by Vivian Yee on August 1, 2021 at 3:11 pm
Days after their president staged a power grab, threatening their young democracy, many Tunisians are banking on the hope that things cannot get much worse.
- In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plantsby Tommy Trenchard on August 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm
Police search the desert trying to track down the poachers selling Conophytums to collectors worldwide, threatening to wipe out rare plants in the wild.
- A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’ Reveals Its Genetic Secretsby Richard Sima on July 31, 2021 at 6:31 pm
Events in the genome of Welwitschia have given it the ability to survive in an unforgiving desert for thousands of years.
- Once considered a ‘city disease,’ Zimbabwe’s rural areas are being hit hard by Covid, and panic has set inon July 31, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Pauline Chinyandura adjusts her face mask as she rushes to serve lunch to a group of men visiting her makeshift canteen in Domboshava, a rural area around 25 miles northeast of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
- UN says food aid in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region will run out Friday as 400,000 people face famineon July 30, 2021 at 1:47 pm
The UN World Food Programme said it expected to run out of food in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray on Friday, and that hundreds of thousands of people in the area were on the brink of famine.
- Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinatedby Apoorva Mandavilli and Benjamin Mueller on July 30, 2021 at 11:20 am
Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.
- FBI investigating Nigeria’s ‘super cop’ in Instagram influencer HushPuppi fraud caseon July 30, 2021 at 10:40 am
A high-ranking Nigerian police officer is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly making an arrest at the request of Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, who has pleaded guilty to money laundering, according to the US Justice Department.
- .سيف الإسلام القذافي حي يرزق. ويريد استعادة ليبياby Robert F. Worth on July 30, 2021 at 4:00 am
في أول مقابلة له مع صحفي، بعد اختفاء دام عشر سنوات، يصف سيف الإسلام القذافي سنواته المأساوية في الأسر ويلمّح الى احتمال الترشح للانتخابات ليصبح الرئيس القادم للبلد.
- Instagram influencer ‘Hushpuppi’ pleads guilty to million-dollar fraud in USon July 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm
A Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” has admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to defraud a businessman of more than $1m, the U.S. Justice Department has said.
- This Ethiopian Road Is a Lifeline for Millions. Now It’s Blocked.by Declan Walsh on July 29, 2021 at 6:55 pm
Aid workers say the Ethiopian government has effectively cut off the lone route into the conflict-torn region of Tigray, leading to a risk of mass starvation.
- Tunisia’s Saied moves on economy and Covid-19 after dismissing governmenton July 29, 2021 at 3:32 am
Tunisia’s president said on Wednesday he was addressing the country’s dire economic and Covid-19 situation, and probing widespread corruption after invoking emergency powers on Sunday to seize control of government in a move his foes called a coup.
- Why Tunisia’s Promise of Democracy Struggles to Bear Fruitby Carlotta Gall on July 28, 2021 at 10:40 pm
The revolution of 2011 ousted a dictator and set off the Arab Spring. But then the West overlooked the country’s economic problems, intent on creating a bulwark against Islamist extremism.
- How Local Guerrilla Fighters Routed Ethiopia’s Powerful Armyby Declan Walsh and Finbarr O’Reilly on July 28, 2021 at 7:04 pm
A scrappy force of local Tigrayan recruits scored a cascade of battlefield victories against the Ethiopian military, one of Africa’s strongest. Times journalists witnessed the decisive week in an eight-month civil war.
- Equatorial Guinea VP loses appeal against French embezzlement verdicton July 28, 2021 at 4:45 pm
France’s highest appeal court on Wednesday upheld a guilty verdict against the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president for embezzlement, paving the way for the potential return of tens of millions of dollars to the country’s people.
- Mesmerizing Sounds From the Sahara, Live in Brooklynby David Renard on July 28, 2021 at 3:05 pm
The album “At Pioneer Works” captures performances by Les Filles de Illighadad, a band started in a village in Niger by a trailblazing woman guitarist.
- Tanzania’s President gets coronavirus vaccine live on TV, reversing country’s year-long policy of Covid denialon July 28, 2021 at 12:04 pm
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Wednesday launched the country’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign after receiving just over a million Johnson & Johnson shots donated by the United States through the COVAX scheme.
- Kenya’s Cyrus Kabiru rides wave of success with new creations made from scrapon July 28, 2021 at 7:37 am
Cyrus Kabiru is on a continuous journey with his art. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, the award-winning artist and sculptor best known for his “C-stunners” — eyewear created with junk — has turned his focus to discarded radios and a “Black Mamba” series of old bicycles, which were common in Kenya during his childhood.
- Ex-President Obama joins NBA Africa as strategic partner and minority owneron July 28, 2021 at 2:13 am
Former US President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner, the National Basketball Association announced on Tuesday.
- Uganda Detains Weight Lifter Who Went Missing in Japanby Abdi Latif Dahir on July 27, 2021 at 5:24 pm
Ugandan authorities said they were looking into possible fraud in the case of the 20-year-old who went to Japan hoping to compete in the Olympics even though he failed to qualify, and has since returned.
- The Fisherwomen, Chevron and the Leaking Pipeby Ruth Maclean and Yagazie Emezi on July 27, 2021 at 2:21 pm
Big Oil has a filthy legacy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. One prominent environmentalist said: “They are moving out and leaving all the mess behind.”
- Uche Eke becomes first gymnast to compete for Nigeria at the Olympicson July 27, 2021 at 12:59 pm
“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” isn’t what you would call a gymnastics movie, but for Nigerian American gymnast Uche Eke, it inspired his love for Tokyo — and fueled his dream to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Tunisia political turmoil deepens as president sacks prime minister, freezes parliamenton July 27, 2021 at 12:17 pm
Tunisia’s president dismissed the government and froze parliament on Sunday, prompting crowds to fill major cities in support of a move that dramatically escalated a political crisis, but that his opponents called a coup.
- One by One, African Countries Dismantle Colonial-Era Death Penalty Lawsby Ruth Maclean on July 23, 2021 at 6:09 pm
In a unanimous vote by lawmakers, Sierra Leone became the 23rd African country to abolish capital punishment. Critics called it an inhumane vestige of colonialism.
- African countries to receive six million Johnson and Johnson vaccines, the African Union sayson July 23, 2021 at 11:39 am
Around six million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will be delivered by the African Union to 27 African nations that have paid for the shipments through the end of August, an AU special envoy said on Thursday.
- You’re Missing Microbes. But Is ‘Rewilding’ the Way to Get Them Back?by Gina Kolata on July 22, 2021 at 5:11 pm
The science behind the idea of restoring the intestinal microbiome to an ancestral state is shaky, skeptics say, and in some cases unethical.
- My uncle died of Covid-19 before he could get a vaccine in Kenya, and I got mine in a US drugstore. This is what vaccine inequality looks likeon July 22, 2021 at 11:46 am
Every time I see a call from home, my heart sinks. I always fear that they’re ringing to say that my grandmother has died. She has been on a ventilator for four weeks and my anxiety is near breaking point. The dreaded call could come at any time: Covid-19. Again.