Oct 27, 2013

Defense Ministry to expand military attaches in Africa to nine

Japan plans to more than quadruple its defense attaches in Africa to nine from two in fiscal 2014 to expand its coverage to nine countries on the continent. The Defense Ministry wants to strengthen its military intelligence on Africa after a hostage crisis at ...

Crowded migrant boat sinks off Malta; dozens perish

Oct 12, 2013

Crowded migrant boat sinks off Malta; dozens perish

Officials said dozens of migrants, including children, died Friday when their boat sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa, just over a week after a similar tragedy killed more than 300 refugees. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said at least 27 migrants were dead ...

Scores of bodies recovered from sinking off Italy

Oct 7, 2013

Scores of bodies recovered from sinking off Italy

Divers in Italy retrieved dozens more bodies Sunday after a shipwreck in which more than 300 African refugees are feared to have died, and a government minister called for easing immigration rules. Divers working at a depth of some 50 meters described nightmarish scenes ...

Italy mourns Africa migrants

Oct 5, 2013

Italy mourns Africa migrants

Italy on Friday mourned the 300 African asylum seekers feared dead in the worst-ever Mediterranean refugee disaster, and its government asked Europe to help stem the influx of migrants. With the search for bodies off the island of Lampedusa suspended due to bad weather, ...

Europe ill-prepared as illegal migration rises

| Oct 4, 2013

Europe ill-prepared as illegal migration rises

by Claire Rosemberg

The deaths of scores of African asylum seekers off the Italian island of Lampedusa underlines Europe’s failure to cope with the flood of would-be immigrants knocking at its doors. Scenes of capsized boats and desperately hungry faces have become commonplace in Southern Europe, with ...

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

| Sep 24, 2013

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

by Franz Wild and Sarah Mcgregor

The attack that killed 69 people in a Kenyan shopping mall over the weekend was the first regional operation undertaken by the new leadership of Somalia’s al-Shabab militants following a bloody power struggle. After months of pressure from African troops against the al-Qaida-linked group ...

Africans make it big in China

| Sep 19, 2013

Africans make it big in China

From a windowless room in a dilapidated Hong Kong high-rise, Ali Diallo sells Chinese electronics to retailers across Africa. The modest surroundings belie the multimillion-dollar business the West African trader has built in the five years since he moved to the city. The 39-year-old ...

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 ...