Aug 29, 2013

Holdout old leaders stymie Africa's rise

The great democratic and economic strides made by African countries in the last decade risk being checked by aging leaders unwilling to pass the baton. For generations of foreign investors accustomed to the likes of Uganda’s Idi Amin and the former Zaire’s Mobutu Sese ...

Chinese flee Ghana gold crackdown

Jul 21, 2013

Chinese flee Ghana gold crackdown

When he saw the trucks full of police and soldiers rumbling across the muddy field where he mines gold, Emmanuel Quainn ran. But they weren’t coming for him. They were after his Chinese counterparts, who had turned up about a year ago to dig ...

'Improving' Mandela turns 95 in hospital

Jul 19, 2013

'Improving' Mandela turns 95 in hospital

Former President Nelson Mandela entered a seventh week in hospital Friday, the day after his 95th birthday was marked by millions of people around the world, heartened by news that the anti-apartheid icon is showing signs of improvement. Ndileka Mandela said Thursday that her ...

Jul 19, 2013

Bodies collected after Guinea clashes

Volunteers continued the grim task of collecting bodies from the streets in southern Guinea on Thursday after ethnic clashes that left dozens burned alive or hacked to death with machetes. More than 50 bodies have been identified after violence broke out in the southern ...

Mugabe won't let age deny him poll win

Jul 16, 2013

Mugabe won't let age deny him poll win

After 33 years in power, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is back on the campaign trail, where his advancing years are subtly starting to show. Zimbabweans will go to the polls on July 31 to elect a president. One name, a permanent feature on ballot ...

Jul 16, 2013

Observers urge unfettered poll access

Regional mediators on Monday called for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe on July 31 as problems with early voting sent warning signals for the key presidential and parliamentary polls. The Southern African Development Community (SADC), which brokered a power-sharing deal between President Robert ...

Power shifts to hero's eldest daughter

Jul 3, 2013

Power shifts to hero's eldest daughter

by David Smith

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, moved three sons’ graves to his own village. Now the family is moving them back. Family anguish over the health of Nelson Mandela has been deepened by arguments over his final resting place, prompting a power shift that could ...

Chad ex-dictator spends night in Senegal custody

Jul 3, 2013

Chad ex-dictator spends night in Senegal custody

Former Chad dictator Hissene Habre began his first full day in custody on Monday after his arrest in Senegal by investigators who plan to put him on trial for crimes against humanity. The 70-year-old — once dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet” — also faces accusations of ...