South Africa riots force president to leave Commonwealth summit

South Africa riots force president to leave Commonwealth summit

South African police have fired rubber bullets at protesters as violent riots forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London. Shops were looted, roads were blocked and vehicles set alight in North West province on Friday in unrest over alleged government corruption and poor public services. At […]

US Special Operations soldiers, African partners wrap up Flintlock exercise

US Special Operations soldiers, African partners wrap up Flintlock exercise

US Special Operations soldiers, African partners wrap up Flintlock exercise NIAMEY, Niger — U.S. special operations troops ended their largest training mission in West Africa on Friday, as part of a bid to better train local soldiers for the fight against terror groups. “Flintlock represents a new level of cooperation … in a […]

US warns of growing African terror threat

US warns of growing African terror threat

“The al Qaeda and ISIS inspired threats in Lake Chad Basin and here in the Sahel are very real and continue to grow in strength,” Hicks told CNN, referring to two regions in western Africa. Hicks was speaking via phone from Niger where he was attending Flintlock 18, a major military exercise involving 1,900 elite […]

Russia to pitch first camp in Africa with military base in Somaliland

Russia to pitch first camp in Africa with military base in Somaliland

Russia is in talks with breakaway Somali region, Somaliland, to set up a naval base of at least 1500 men outside Zeila, a city near the border with Djibouti to offer support to warships and submarines patrolling the strategic stretch of coastline. Reported by Somaliland and other international news outlets, the base is expected to […]

South African Government Ramping Up Efforts To Get More Land Into Black Ownership

South African Government Ramping Up Efforts To Get More Land Into Black Ownership

Nearly a quarter century after the end of apartheid, whites still own most of the land in South Africa. A new political party thinks land should be appropriated without compensation and given to blacks. The view is increasingly popular, despite the cautionary tale of Zimbabwe to the north. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The government of South […]

In search of talent, Minnesota United reaches into Africa

In search of talent, Minnesota United reaches into Africa

Ian Fuller was tired and hungry after traveling from Minnesota to Ghana on a scouting trip last summer. In an area of the west African country with few restaurants, the United assistant coach spotted an outdoor kitchen with a huge pot stewing over a fire. Inside the pot, Fuller guessed, was beef intestine. The local […]

South Africa president leaves Commonwealth summit to address protests at home

South Africa president leaves Commonwealth summit to address protests at home

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his visit to Britain by a day to return home to deal with protests in the country’s North West province, his office said on Thursday. Protesters seeking jobs, better housing, roads and hospitals frequently clash with police in a country faced with weak economic growth and near-record […]

Genomics study in Africa: Demographic history and deleterious mutations

Genomics study in Africa: Demographic history and deleterious mutations

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur set out to understand how the demographic changes associated with the Neolithic transition also influenced the efficacy of natural selection. By comparing the genome diversity of more than 300 individuals from groups of forest hunter-gatherers (pygmies) and farmers (Bantu-speaking peoples), from western and eastern Central Africa, they discovered that the […]

New Curriculum Helps Local Teachers Cover Africa Beyond Textbook Stereotypes

New Curriculum Helps Local Teachers Cover Africa Beyond Textbook Stereotypes

For a month last summer, U.S. teachers worked alongside their Ethiopian counterparts to create lesson plans, PowerPoints and videos to give students in the U.S. a more nuanced understanding of the people and customs of Ethiopia. That curriculum, called Teach Africa, is now being piloted in classrooms across the region. Teachers spent a month in […]

African Safari Specialists: 16 Experts We Trust

African Safari Specialists: 16 Experts We Trust

Even the most hardcore travelers we know—the sort of people who plan their own hikes through Patagonia, ride motor scooters up and down Vietnam, and bareboat charter in the BVIs—get a little skittish when it comes to that most bucket-y of bucket trips, the ultimate African safari. And who can blame them? It’s tough to […]