Tuesday, 28 Mar 2023


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Paul Rusesabagina, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Dissident, Departs Rwanda for Qatar

Paul Rusesabagina, the human rights activist, left Rwanda on Monday, more than 900 days after he was duped into re-entering the country, charged with terrorism and sentenced to 25 years in prison before being released after monthslong negotiations brokered by the United States. Mr. Rusesabagina, 68, whose heroism during the Rwandan genocide was portrayed in […]

In Africa, Kamala Harris Looks to Deepen Relations Amid China’s Influence

Vice President Kamala Harri‌s ‌has begun a weeklong tour of Ghana and two other African nations as the Biden administration hopes to set a new path for U.S.-Africa ties that focuses on collaboration rather than crises, a trip seen as a significant step toward revitaliz‌‌ing a relationship with Africa that was widely thought to be […]

Cyclone Freddy Brings Mudslides and Floods, Leaving Nearly 200 Dead in Malawi

LILONGWE, Malawi — As a surge of water came roaring down a hill in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre, on Sunday, a 15-year-old girl said she saw it coming from the veranda of her home, grabbed her four younger siblings and ran. “It was terrifying,” said the girl, Alinafe Petrol, speaking on an aid worker’s phone. “We started […]

Freddy Could Become Longest-Lasting Tropical Cyclone

Cyclone Freddy, which has already hit several countries in southeastern Africa and caused 21 deaths as of Thursday, was on track to be declared the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record — beating the previous record of 31 days — as it continued its path of ruin across the region. After traversing the Indian Ocean, the […]

Opposition Parties in Nigeria Call for Election Rerun, Citing Vote Rigging

Nigeria’s two major opposition parties on Tuesday called for the presidential election to be canceled and rerun, saying that it had been compromised by rigging and widespread violence. The election over the weekend in the West African nation — the most populous on the continent, with 220 million people — was the most wide open […]

Ahead of Crucial Election, Security Crises and Kidnappings Plague Nigeria

A 61-year-old civil engineer was supervising a digging project on a farm in southern Nigeria when five young men carrying AK-47s stormed the place and dragged him into the bush. For five days, the kidnappers held the engineer, Olusola Olaniyi, and beat him severely. Only after his family and employer agreed to pay a ransom […]

Kenya on Edge as Media’s Election Tally Suddenly Stops

An attempt at radical transparency by the election commission, which uploaded raw ballot numbers online, led to divergent tallies. “People are so tense that they cannot even think straight.” Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. By Declan Walsh […]

‘We Buried Him and Kept Walking’: Children Die as Somalis Flee Hunger

DOOLOW, Somalia — When her crops failed and her parched goats died, Hirsiyo Mohamed left her home in southwestern Somalia, carrying and coaxing three of her eight children on the long walk across a bare and dusty landscape in temperatures as high as 100 degrees. Along the way, her 3-and-a-half-year-old son, Adan, tugged at her […]

Most African countries missed a target to vaccinate 10 percent of their people.

JOHANNESBURG — Only nine African countries have met a target of vaccinating 10 percent of their populations against Covid-19 by the end of September, the World Health Organization said on Thursday — a statistic that illustrates how far the continent is lagging behind global vaccination rates. The W.H.O. set the benchmark this year, as part […]

W.H.O. Workers Sexually Abused Women During Ebola Mission in Congo, Inquiry Finds

Doctors and other staff members working for the World Health Organization to render aid during an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused or exploited women and girls there, a commission appointed by the head of the agency reported on Tuesday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the agency’s director general, apologized directly to […]