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What a Soldier Killed in Niger Left Behind

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:50:54 GMT

Jenna was relieved when her boyfriend, a U.S. Special Forces soldier, told her he was deploying to Africa, rather than to a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan. When he was killed in an ambush in Niger, she was left with the fragments of their imagined future.



As Ramaphosa Hails a ‘New Dawn,’ South Africans See More of the Same

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:12:49 GMT

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, arriving at Parliament in Cape Town on Friday for his first state of the nation address.Few in Soweto township expect change now that Cyril Ramaphosa is president. But none can imagine voting against the African National Congress.


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Three Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 20 in Nigeria

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:50:52 GMT

The attackers, all believed to be women, targeted a fish market in Maiduguri, the Nigerian city that gave rise to the Islamist militants of Boko Haram.



Bobsled Team Represents Nigeria Loosely, but Women Truly

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:07:22 GMT

From left, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are Americans competing for Nigeria in bobsled at the Winter Olympics.The team’s three women were born in the United States, but they have attracted a following for their aim to inspire a generation of women to follow in their footsteps.


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As Kenya Political Stalemate Drags On, U.S. Becomes a Target

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:16:10 GMT

Supporters of Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga burned an American flag near the United States Embassy in Nairobi on Friday.The opposition coalition is beginning to fray, but some of its supporters are doubling down — by burning American flags.


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Global Health: Lassa Fever Erupts in Nigeria

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:15:08 GMT

A pile of garri, a staple food in Nigeria, in a shop in Lagos. The country is fighting an outbreak of Lassa virus, which is transmitted in rodent feces and urine and can contaminate foods like garri.The disease, carried by rodents, is sometimes mild but can lead to hemorrhagic fever and death. W.H.O. has sent additional staff to help contain the outbreak.


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South Africa Sees Fresh Start for Economy, With the Same Challenges

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:39:01 GMT

Supporters of Jacob Zuma, who resigned Wednesday as South Africa’s president, on the streets of Cape Town last summer. His departure encouraged international investors, but the new administration faces enormous challenges.Jacob Zuma’s ouster as president is raising hopes of better fortunes for the nation’s moribund economy, but it will not happen easily.


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New South Africa Leader Faces Old Question: Is There Will to Fight Corruption?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:32:28 GMT

Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament after being elected president on Thursday.As Cyril Ramaphosa is elected South Africa’s president, he pledges to address government corruption — an issue that party leaders have been avoiding.


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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Political Turmoil

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:12:04 GMT

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia at the United Nations General Assembly in September. He resigned his post on Thursday.Observers said Hailemariam Desalegn’s departure was a matter of time, but a boycott in the capital this week may have finally tipped the scales.


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Meet Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s New President and a Mandela Favorite

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:38:47 GMT

Cyril Ramaphosa, on screen, giving a public lecture last year in Johannesburg.Cyril Ramaphosa was a protégé of Nelson Mandela before becoming one of South Africa’s richest men. As president, he vows to address gaping inequality.


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Jacob Zuma’s Legacy Is a Weakened South Africa

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:16:15 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa answering questions from members of Parliament in March 2016.Jacob Zuma’s legacy includes a series of scandals, increased corruption, few successes and a loss of faith in Nelson Mandela’s party.


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Jacob Zuma Resigns as South Africa’s President

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:29:05 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa addressing the nation in Pretoria on Wednesday.Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected as the leader of the African National Congress, is in line to be the next leader of the country.


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Morgan Tsvangirai, Longtime Foe of Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Dies at 65

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:26:24 GMT

Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a crowd in Harare, Zimbabwe, in November 2017.A former labor leader and prime minister, he seemed on the cusp of defeating Mr. Mugabe in 2008, only to be subjected to bloody intimidation.


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Zuma’s Party Prepares to Remove Him From Office

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:49:20 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Johannesburg in December. His party, the African National Congress, has ordered him to step down.As the South African president resisted calls to step down, the police raided the residence some of his most prominent allies in an influence-peddling inquiry.


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A.N.C. Tells Jacob Zuma to Step Down as South Africa’s President

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:21 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in 2015. The confrontation between Mr. Zuma and his party, the African National Congress, heightened a power struggle that has paralyzed the country.If he refuses to resign, the next step would likely be a no-confidence vote in Parliament, one that could embarrass the governing party.


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