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Memo From Maiduguri: Boko Haram Rages in Nigeria, but the World’s Eyes Are Elsewhere

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:30:18 GMT

Workers provided food for residents at a camp for displaced people in Maiduguri, Nigeria. With villagers from the countryside pouring in, the entire city has become a sprawling refugee camp.The militant group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, has continued its bloody campaign, creating a growing humanitarian crisis.

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‘Fees Must Fall’: Anatomy of the Student Protests in South Africa

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:58:03 GMT

The police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse students.Protests by university students flared up after a government proposal that university fees could increase as much as 8 percent next year.

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U.N. Criticizes Congo for Response to Deadly Unrest

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:48:53 GMT

The high commissioner for human rights blamed the government for using excessive force during political demonstrations and riots that may have killed over 50 people.

Matter: A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:05:04 GMT

The KhoiSan, hunter-gatherers living today in southern Africa, above, are among hundreds of indigenous people whose genetic makeup has provided new clues to human prehistory.Unprecedented DNA analyses of people in indigenous populations suggest that almost all non-Africans trace their roots to one migration from the continent.

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Looming Transition Ignites Deadly Clashes in Congo

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:12:20 GMT

The headquarters of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, an opposition party, in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Tuesday after it was attacked.At least 25 people from opposing sides of a political divide have been killed in a burst of violence in Kinshasa in the past two days.

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Burundi Killings Could Ignite Wider African Crisis, U.N. Report Warns

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:29:00 GMT

The body of a domestic worker who was shot by the police lay in the back of a truck in Musaga, a neighborhood of Bujumbura, the capital, in January.Investigators said the government was responsible for the “vast majority” of abuses and urged international action to contain the country’s violence.

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Allister Sparks, South African Journalist Who Challenged Apartheid, Dies at 83

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:57:59 GMT

Allister Sparks, second from right, in Cape Town in 2011 with Bono, the U2 frontman, left; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right; and Archbishop Tutu’s daughter Mpho, who co-wrote a biography of him with Mr. Sparks.As the editor of The Rand Daily Mail, Mr. Sparks exposed a covert government propaganda campaign that led South Africa’s president to resign.

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Kinshasa, Congo, Is Locked Down as Protests Erupt Against Joseph Kabila

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:17:52 GMT

Congolese protesters in Kinshasa, the capital, on Monday. They are calling on President Joseph Kabila to abide by term limits and step down.Many Congolese fear that President Joseph Kabila is trying to wiggle out of term limits and hold onto power indefinitely.

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South Sudan Rejects Report on Leaders’ Wealth

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:37:54 GMT

The government has denounced a report that accuses the leaders on both sides of the country’s civil war of stoking violence to amass illegal wealth.

Inspired by the U.S., West Africans Wield Smartphones to Fight Police Abuse

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:30:23 GMT

In a scene caught on cellphone video, a police officer in Ivory Coast killed an unarmed theft suspect.Citizens are increasingly deploying social media in nations where corruption and abuse by security forces sometimes occur with few repercussions.

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Nigeria Describes 3 Failed Negotiations With Boko Haram on Kidnapped Girls

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:44:41 GMT

A screen grab made last month from a video shows a man described as a Boko Haram fighter with a group of girls said to be some of those abducted from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, in 2014.More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group in July 2015, and three times government negotiations have failed.

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Wing Flap Confirmed as Malaysia Airlines Debris

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:07:09 GMT

Officials inspecting a piece of debris found off the coast of Tanzania this summer, more than two years after Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 370 disappeared. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau matched the piece’s serial number and confirmed that it is from the missing plane.The Boeing 777-200 part, found on a Tanzanian island, came from Flight 370, which mysteriously disappeared in March 2014, officials said.

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British Lawmakers Condemn 2011 Intervention in Libya

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:06:31 GMT

A rebel fighter prepared to tow away a government truck mounted with a machine gun that was hit by a NATO airstrike near Brega, Libya, in April 2011.A parliamentary committee said the former prime minister, David Cameron, “was ultimately responsible for the failure to develop a coherent Libya strategy.”

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Scaling Up a Drug Trade, Straight Through ISIS Turf

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:30:35 GMT

A jute suitcase containing 100 blocks of hashish in the office of the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian financial police force, in Palermo, Italy. The blocks were among 13 tons of hashish seized from the cargo ship Munzur in December.Hashish from Morocco was once smuggled to Europe a speedboat at a time. But the trafficking has escalated to huge cargo ships, on a route including a chaotic stretch of Libya.

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Editorial: The Disputed Vote in Gabon

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:45:52 GMT

Allegations of a fraudulent election put Gabon’s stability at risk.

Op-Ed Contributor: Save Gabon From Election Fraud

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 22:42:58 GMT

When the results finally were announced, a curious set of returns from one province — the incumbent’s — gave him the slimmest of victories over me.

Africa Takes Its Turn on the Runway

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:00 GMT

Tatum Keshwar, a former Miss South Africa, walks in David Tlale’s show on the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg in 2011.For “African Catwalk,” the Swedish photographer Per-Anders Pettersson spent five years documenting the energy of Africa’s emerging fashion industry.

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Lens Blog: Young Africans, Wrapped in Tradition

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:42:16 GMT

Soukeyna is studing marketing in France. She is wearing her great-grandmother’s outfit from Ivory Coast.Joana Choumali, a photographer from Ivory Coast, is documenting modern African women wearing traditional clothing. She said these portraits allow her subjects to reconnect with their family history.

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Stephen Colbert Reboots ‘The Late Show,’ Fixing It on the Fly

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:31:20 GMT

Stephen Colbert and members of “The Late Show” staff watch Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton during Monday’s presidential debate, hoping to capitalize on its huge viewership.In the battle against Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, Mr. Colbert is taking a hands-on approach that includes more topical humor and live episodes.

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Critic's Notebook: How the Split Screen Framed Trump and Clinton

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:29:48 GMT

Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday.In their first debate, the two candidates’ stage styles served as campaign arguments in themselves.

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Feature: What’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Without Garrison Keillor?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Chris Thile in Highland Park, Ill., in June.Chris Thile, a 35-year-old mandolin player, aims to find out.

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Notebook: The Reverse-Gaslighting of Donald Trump

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:18:39 GMT

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the presidential debate on Monday.On Monday night, Hillary Clinton used the Republican candidate’s own tactics against him.

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