- Rwanda Official Admits Legal Violations in ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Caseby Abdi Latif Dahir on February 27, 2021 at 12:50 pm
A video, aired by Al Jazeera English, shows that the attorney general intercepted legal materials from Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the movie “Hotel Rwanda” and is accused of terrorism.
- Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Saysby Declan Walsh on February 27, 2021 at 5:43 am
An internal U.S. government report found that people in Tigray are being driven from their homes in a war begun by Ethiopia, an American ally — posing President Biden’s first major test in Africa.
- Gunmen in Nigeria Attack School, Abducting Dozens and Killing a Studentby Ruth Maclean and Ismail Alfa on February 26, 2021 at 3:25 pm
Kidnappers in the West African country once targeted people with money or power. But increasingly, they are abducting people with neither — like schoolchildren.
- Hundreds of Nigerian Students Kidnapped, Police Sayby The Associated Press on February 26, 2021 at 3:23 pm
It was the latest in a series of mass kidnappings, often of schoolchildren, in an area where a surge in armed militancy has led to a worsening breakdown of security.
- Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo attack on UN convoyon February 25, 2021 at 1:50 pm
The ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in Goma, the Italian Foreign Ministry has told CNN.
- Facing Roadblocks, Vast Global Vaccination Effort Gets Underwayby Ruth Maclean on February 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm
An operation to supply billions of coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries has started. But as rich countries buy most of the available supply, stark inequalities remain.
- Ghana becomes first country to receive Covid-19 vaccine through COVAX programon February 24, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Ghana has become the first country to receive Covid-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization’s COVAX program on Wednesday, a joint statement issued by UNICEF Ghana and WHO Ghana said.
- South African corruption inquiry wants Zuma jailed for two years after no-showon February 23, 2021 at 4:08 pm
A South African inquiry into corruption during Jacob Zuma’s time in power is seeking the former president’s imprisonment for two years, after he defied a summons and court order to appear and give evidence.
- Italian Ambassador Among Three Killed in Attack on U.N. Convoy in Congoby Megan Specia and Gaia Pianigiani on February 22, 2021 at 11:34 pm
The attack, on a World Food Program convoy headed to a school in North Kivu Province, left the ambassador, Luca Attanasio, an Italian embassy official and a driver dead.
- Seif Bamporiki, Rwanda Opposition Figure, Killed in South Africaby Lynsey Chutel and Abdi Latif Dahir on February 22, 2021 at 11:13 pm
South African authorities said that for now they were treating the case as a robbery, but the political allies of the man who was shot, Seif Bamporiki, had their suspicions of an assassination.
- Nigeria crashed aircraft was on rescue mission for kidnapped schoolchildrenon February 22, 2021 at 3:13 pm
Nigeria’s airforce has said its plane, which crashed shortly after take-off from Abuja airport on Sunday morning — killing everyone on board — was on a mission to rescue the schoolchildren kidnapped last week.
- In a Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse, Iran Eyes New Targets in Africaby Declan Walsh, Eric Schmitt, Simon Marks and Ronen Bergman on February 22, 2021 at 2:51 pm
Fifteen people arrested in Ethiopia were part of what American and Israeli officials said was a foiled Iranian plot against diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.
- Illustrator Karabo Poppy’s take on sneaker culture celebrates African designon February 22, 2021 at 5:50 am
Of all the artwork lining South African illustrator Karabo Poppy’s home, perhaps most notable is a gigantic, multicolored stack of Nike shoeboxes filling an entire wall.
- Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnaboutby Eric Lipton on February 22, 2021 at 2:41 am
The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.
- Imbolo Mbue Has Been Working Toward This Momentby Wadzanai Mhute on February 19, 2021 at 11:54 pm
Her novel, “How Beautiful We Were,” is a story about how people respond to environmental destruction. It was delayed by the pandemic and before that by the success of her previous book, “Behold the Dreamers.”
- Gunfire at Mogadishu Protest Intensifies Somali Election Impasseby Abdi Latif Dahir and Megan Specia on February 19, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Opposition political leaders said they were attacked by government forces on Friday, and two former presidents said they were targeted hours earlier.
- David Katzenstein, AIDS Researcher With Focus on Africa, Dies at 69by Sam Roberts on February 18, 2021 at 9:35 pm
He honed methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and made them accessible to underserved populations in sub-Saharan Africa. He died of Covid-19.
- ‘I am a hostage,’ says ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero as terrorism trial begins in Kigalion February 18, 2021 at 4:24 pm
“Hotel Rwanda’s” Paul Rusesabagina appeared in court in Kigali on Wednesday along with 20 others accused of conspiring to launch attacks on Rwandan territory in 2018 and 2019, resulting in at least nine deaths.
- The ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Is on Trial. Here’s What We Know.by Abdi Latif Dahir on February 18, 2021 at 12:41 pm
Paul Rusesabagina, a government critic living abroad, was mysteriously taken back to Rwanda late last year and arrested. His supporters say he has no chance of getting a fair hearing.
- How these cranes escaped a life as status symbol pets in Rwandaon February 18, 2021 at 1:25 am
Captured in the wild to be kept as high status pets in the gardens of hotels and private homes, gray crowned cranes are an endangered species in Africa. However, Rwanda successfully brought the birds back from the brink, thanks to the help of vet and conservationist, Olivier Nsengimana.
- Nigerian women form #AnkaraArmy to celebrate new WTO boss, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.on February 17, 2021 at 8:27 pm
Nigerians are recreating the distinctive signature style of new World Trade Organization boss Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to celebrate her confirmation for the role.
- One dead as armed men storm school in Nigeria, kidnap staff, students, eyewitnesses sayon February 17, 2021 at 3:21 pm
One person has died and dozens of students feared abducted as armed men raided a state-run school in Niger state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region early Wednesday.
- South Africa scraps AstraZeneca, pivots to Johnson & Johnson vaccineon February 17, 2021 at 1:43 pm
South Africa has offered its stock of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to the African Union, a senior health official said, as the country pivots to using shots developed by Johnson & Johnson instead.
- International Court Accuses Two Central African Militia Leaders of Attacks on Muslimsby Ruth Maclean on February 16, 2021 at 8:23 pm
The pair, a former legislator and a former African soccer official, collectively face 53 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their alleged role in the conflict in the Central African Republic.
- At least 60 killed after passenger barge crashes on Congo riveron February 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm
At least 60 people died when a passenger barge carrying more than 700 people became shipwrecked on the Congo river at night, Democratic Republic of Congo’s humanitarian affairs minister said on Monday.
- Refugees Flee Central African Republic, a Crisis the World Neglectsby Ruth Maclean on February 16, 2021 at 1:37 pm
An unlikely alliance of rebels is laying siege to the capital, displacing about 200,000 people, after a disrupted election. Here is an explanation of a humanitarian crisis that gets scant attention.
- Zuma Risks Arrest After Defying South Africa Corruption Inquiryby Lynsey Chutel on February 15, 2021 at 10:07 pm
The former South African president, tainted by corruption scandals, refused to appear before an inquiry panel. The panel’s leader said he would seek an order to imprison Mr. Zuma for contempt.
- First Black woman to lead WTO says she will prioritize fair trade, access to Covid-19 vaccineson February 15, 2021 at 5:58 pm
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was confirmed as director-general of the World Trade Organization on Monday, becoming the first woman and the first African to lead the global trade body.
- Countries in West Africa on high alert after Ebola outbreak in Guineaon February 15, 2021 at 4:49 pm
Guinea declared an Ebola outbreak in one of its regions on Sunday, after the West African nation confirmed at least seven cases of the disease, including three deaths, the country’s National Security and Health Agency (ANSS) said.
- Okonjo-Iweala: We need ‘equity for vaccines’on February 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Incoming head of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Australian PM Julia Gillard discuss their new book “Women and Leadership”.