Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

World Jul 3, 2020

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said it is mobilizing human personnel and aircraft ...

Asia Pacific / Politics Jul 1, 2020

Taiwan strengthens ties with breakaway Somaliland

Taiwan plans to strengthen ties with the unrecognized government of the breakaway African region of Somaliland in a move seen as a possible precursor to the establishment of diplomatic relations. Taiwan will set up a representative office in Somaliland, the island’s foreign ministry said in ...

Opposition wins historic rerun of Malawi's presidential vote

World / Politics Jun 28, 2020

Opposition wins historic rerun of Malawi's presidential vote

The opposition has won Malawi’s historic rerun of the presidential election, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Lazarus Chakwera’s victory late Saturday was a result of months of determined street protests in the southern ...

False Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

World May 28, 2020

False Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation. While Gates's vaccine programs on the continent have ...

Coronavirus stigma weighs heavily in sub-Saharan Africa

World / Social Issues May 20, 2020

Coronavirus stigma weighs heavily in sub-Saharan Africa

Landlords evict people from their homes, nurses are abandoned by their husbands and people are spurned just on suspicion of coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the stigma attached to the coronavirus is so strong that some choose not to seek ...