First U.N. chief from Africa Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

Feb 17, 2016

First U.N. chief from Africa Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country’s landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as U.N. secretary-general, died Tuesday. He was 93. Boutros-Ghali, the scion of a prominent Egyptian ...

Rwandans vote overwhelmingly to lift Kagame's term limits

/ Dec 20, 2015

Rwandans vote overwhelmingly to lift Kagame's term limits

Rwandans have voted overwhelmingly to lift constitutional restrictions to allow President Paul Kagame to run for more terms in office, said the head of Rwanda’s electoral commission as he released provisional results Saturday. More than 98 percent of voters in 30 districts voted to ...

African intervention force finally nears reality

Nov 1, 2015

African intervention force finally nears reality

As the sun rose over South Africa’s dry and sparsely populated Karoo region, west of Johannesburg, more than 5,000 multinational troops launched a mock attack heralding a long-awaited African Union strike force for the troubled continent. Men in fatigues peered through binoculars and crouched ...

Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis

/ May 6, 2015

Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis

Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday. A total of 16 people were ...

/ Oct 22, 2014

U.S. tightens Ebola checks; Rwanda to scrutinize Americans

Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress ...

Clinton papers show concerns about racism in government, Rwanda

/ Jun 7, 2014

Clinton papers show concerns about racism in government, Rwanda

A new batch of records from former President Bill Clinton’s administration shows the ex-president musing about Republican plans to abolish a federal agency led by a black official, White House concerns about mass killings in Rwanda and political strategizing against former Republican House Speaker ...

Rwanda's deadly methane lake to be tapped as energy source

Jun 1, 2014

Rwanda's deadly methane lake to be tapped as energy source

Beneath the calm waters of Lake Kivu lie vast but deadly reserves of methane and carbon dioxide, which Rwanda is tapping both to save lives and provide a lucrative power source. Plans are in place to pump out enough gas for power that will ...