Africa

  • Ebola Virus: WHO Vaccinates Over 1,300 People in Goma
    Ebola_virus-_who_vaccinates_over_1_300_people_in_goma 2019-08-11 16:00:28 UTC
    GOMA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said it has vaccinated over 1,300 people who potentially came into contact with the Ebola virus in the Congolese city of Goma, helping contain what many feared would be a rapid spread in an urban center. A year-long Ebola outbreak in eastern Democ...

  • Algeria’s President quits after Six Weeks of Mass Protests
    Algeria%e2%80%99s_president_quits_after_six_weeks_of_mass_protests 2019-04-02 21:51:36 UTC
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday, succumbing to six weeks of largely peaceful mass protests driven by youth and pressure from the powerful army against his 20-year rule. Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announc...

  • Mozambique's Cyclone Survivors Face Cholera
    Mozambique's_cyclone_survivors_face_cholera 2019-03-27 17:36:23 UTC
    BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) - Dozens of fragile patients poured into a clinic in the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, as the government said it had confirmed the first five cases of cholera in the wake of deadly Cyclone Idai. Thousands of people were trapped for more than a ...

  • Catastrophic Effects of Climate Change
    Catastrophic_effects_of_climate_change 2018-11-25 02:46:14 UTC
    (Reuters) - Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, writ...

  • UNHCR: 4 million refugee children can't go to school
    4_million_refugee_children_around_the_world_can't_go_to_school 2018-09-23 22:16:47 UTC
    Four million refugee children around the world are excluded from education, according to a United Nations report. A solution should be to allow refugees to attend regular schools, the UNHCR has demanded. With more and more children forced to leave their homes, the number of refugees out of edu...

  • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies aged 80
    Former_un_secretary-general_kofi_annan_dies_aged_80 2018-08-19 06:04:34 UTC
    ACCRA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died...

  • Zimbabwe electoral commission declares Emmerson Mnangagwa winner of presidential election
    Zimbabwe's_president_orders_top_officials_to_declare_assets 2018-08-02 23:43:12 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former spy chief installed after Robert Mugabe’s removal in a coup in November, on Friday won a poll marred by the deaths of six people in an army crackdown on opposition protests. Mnangagwa received 50.8 percent of the vote, while hi...

  • Nelson “Madiba” Mandela 100th birthday
    The_100th_anniversary_of_birth_of_nelson_mandela 2018-07-18 07:37:17 UTC
    “It always seems impossible, until it’s done!” This statement could have been made by Diddy or Cardi B. It could have been a lyric cleverly woven into a Drake song or tattooed across 50 Cent’s chest. But none of those examples are the origins of this statement. When Nelson “Madiba” Mandela utt...

  • Zimbabwe will hold first post-Mugabe elections on July 30
    Zimbabwe_sets_presidential_and_parliamentary_elections_on_july_30 2018-05-30 17:06:12 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on July 30, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday, a vote he promises will be free and fair with international monitoring after the ouster of 94-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, who took power a...

  • Zimbabwe investigates Grace Mugabe for ivory smuggling
    Zimbabwe's_former_first_lady_grace_mugabe_faces_arrest 2018-03-26 06:11:15 UTC
    The former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, is suspected by wildlife officials of having smuggled ivory worth millions of dollars. The wife of ex-President Robert Mugabe was once tipped to lead the country. The wife of former Zimbabwean ruler Robert Mugabe, faced accusations on Sunday tha...

  • South Africa ex-President, Jacob Zuma, faces corruption charges
    South_africa_ex-president__jacob_zuma_faces_corruption_charges 2018-03-16 19:08:19 UTC
    PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, prosecutors said, as a years-old scandal returned to haunt him within weeks of his fall from power. It was a stunning judicial development on a continent where politica...

  • Listeriosis outbreak kills 180 people in South Africa
    Listeriosis_outbreak_kills_180_people_in_south_africa 2018-03-05 20:37:17 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Officials have said the outbreak was linked to contaminated sausage and warned South Africans not to consume "ready to eat" processed meat. The UN said the listeria outbreak is believed to be the largest-ever worldwide. South Africa's Health Ministry said on Sunday...

  • Ethiopia ruled out military takeover amid state of emergency
    Ethiopia_ruled_out_military_takeover_amid_state_of_emergency 2018-02-17 17:08:46 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The United States said it “strongly disagrees” with the new dec...

  • South Africa faces a long, hard road back to prosperity and self-respect
    South_africa_faces_a_long__hard_road_back_to_prosperity_and_self-respect 2018-02-15 08:20:01 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans awoke to a nation without Jacob Zuma as president for the first time in nine years on Thursday, released from the burden of a compromised leader who darkened the dreams and aspirations of the post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”. The road back to prosperity a...

  • South Africa's ANC party to "recall" Jacob Zuma as president
    South_africa's_anc_party_resolved_to_%22recall%22_jacob_zuma_as_head_of_state 2018-02-13 07:12:26 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation’. The decision ...

  • Cape Town’s Critical Water Shortage Disaster Plan “Day Zero”
    Cape_town%e2%80%99s_critical_water_shortages_disaster_plan_%e2%80%9cday_zero%e2%80%9d 2018-01-28 19:46:52 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call “Day Zero,” a date currently projected to fall in the first half of April, the city said Sunday. Hospitals, key ...

  • Zimbabwe's president orders top officials to declare assets
    Zimbabwe's_president_orders_top_officials_to_declare_assets 2018-01-23 18:23:11 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has given cabinet ministers and senior government officials until the end of February to declare their assets as new President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to foster transparency and fight corruption. Mnangagwa, 75, took power after Robert Mugabe was toppled by the mili...

  • South African 'homeland' leader who resisted the end of apartheid dies
    South_african_'homeland'_leader_who_resisted_the_end_of_apartheid_dies 2018-01-19 09:32:39 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lucas Mangope, a leader of one of South Africa’s tribal homelands who resisted the end of apartheid, died on Thursday at the age of 94, local media reported on Friday. Mangope was president from 1977 to 1994 of Bophuthatswana, one of South Africa’s “self-governing” hom...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in US helicopter crash
    Zimbabwe_opposition_leader_dies_in_us_helicopter_crash 2018-01-19 07:31:03 UTC
    New Mexico/ Albuquerque — Authorities in the US state of New Mexico say key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash. State Police Lieutenant Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Bennett's death on Thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went...

  • Zimbabwe fires more than 30 senior police commanders
    Zimbabwe_has_fired_more_than_30_senior_police_commanders 2018-01-18 19:21:36 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has fired more than 30 senior police commanders as part of a process to clean up the image of the force, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported in its online edition on Thursday quoting unnamed police sources. Police in the southern African country had become dee...

  • Immigrants from Africa Boast Higher Education Levels Than Overall U.S. Population
    Immigrants_from_africa_boast_higher_education_levels_than_overall_u.s._population 2018-01-13 10:19:57 UTC
    NEW YORK - Today, New American Economy (NAE) released a report on the contributions of immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. economy. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of African immigrants in America more than doubled - rising from roughly 723,000 people to more than 1.7 million. Pow...

  • All African countries decry Trump's insult as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic"
    All_african_countries_decry_trump's_remarks_as_%22outrageous__racist__and_xenophobic%22 2018-01-13 08:01:19 UTC
    All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after US media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries." The UN diplomats met for an emerg...

  • Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe faces arrest
    Zimbabwe's_former_first_lady_grace_mugabe_faces_arrest 2018-01-07 03:54:07 UTC
    HARARE — Former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe could soon be arrested over an array of corruption-related allegations as woes mount for the ex-Zanu PF women’s league boss. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption commissioner responsible for investigations, Goodson Nguni yesterday told The Standard that...

  • Harare water unsafe to drink, due to chemical shortage
    Harare_water_unsafe_to_drink__due_to_chemical_shortage_ 2018-01-02 08:32:35 UTC
    The mayor of Harare says a shortage of chemicals has resulted in unsafe water being pumped into residents’ homes for consumption in the Zimbabwean capital. Bernard Manyenyeni told The Herald newspaper: “Our claims that the water is chemically safe to drink will not hold if residents cannot sta...

  • Who Is Zimbabwe’s General Constantino Chiwenga?
    Who_is_zimbabwe%e2%80%99s_general_constantino_chiwenga_ 2017-12-30 21:28:59 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll. On Dec. 15 his 10-vehicle convoy, complete with soldier...