World Jan 3, 2020

How African countries left their colonizers

A wave of sub-Saharan African countries became independent in the 1960s, 17 achieving self-rule from colonial Belgium, Britain and France in 1960 alone. Portugal's colonies would only break free in the 1970s and it took other nations, such as Eritrea, even longer to re-establish their ...

Zimbabwe facing 'man-made' starvation, U.N. expert warns

World / Social Issues Nov 29, 2019

Zimbabwe facing 'man-made' starvation, U.N. expert warns

Zimbabwe is facing "man-made" starvation with 60 percent of the people failing to meet basic food needs, a U.N. special envoy said Thursday after touring the southern African country. Hilal Elver, special rapporteur on the right to food, ranked Zimbabwe among the four top countries ...

Mozambique cyclone death toll doubles as flood waters rise

World Mar 20, 2019

Mozambique cyclone death toll doubles as flood waters rise

Mozambique's death toll from flooding in the wake of Cyclone Idai more than doubled as relief workers struggled to deal with the devastation wrought by the storm. The number of dead has increased to 202, Mozambique's cabinet said, as it declared a national emergency. President ...

'Full horror' of cyclone in southeast Africa yet to emerge: Red Cross

World Mar 19, 2019

'Full horror' of cyclone in southeast Africa yet to emerge: Red Cross

Cyclone winds and floods that swept across southeastern Africa affected more than 2.6 million people and could rank as one of the worst weather-related disaster recorded in the southern hemisphere, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims five days ...

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi dies at 66

Entertainment News Jan 24, 2019

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi dies at 66

Zimbabwe's most successful and internationally renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday after suffering from diabetes, ending a career that spanned four decades and 67 albums. The 66-year-old singer, affectionately known as "Tuku," died at a local clinic on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Information ...

World Feb 1, 2018

Zimbabwe to give white farmers 99-year leases, like black counterparts

Zimbabwe will issue 99-year leases to white farmers, according to a government circular, after new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he would end discrimination along racial lines in agriculture. Fewer than 400 white farmers are still operating in the southern African nation, after former President Robert ...

Mnangagwa swears in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe Cabinet

World / Politics Dec 4, 2017

Mnangagwa swears in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe Cabinet

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's new president, swore in his Cabinet on Monday, with allies defending him against criticism for giving top posts to the generals who helped his rise to power. Sworn in as president on Nov. 24 after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit following a de ...