Africa

  • Nelson “Madiba” Mandela 100th birthday
    The_100th_anniversary_of_birth_of_nelson_mandela 2018-07-18 07:37:17 UTC
    “It always seems impossible, until it’s done!” This statement could have been made by Diddy or Cardi B. It could have been a lyric cleverly woven into a Drake song or tattooed across 50 Cent’s chest. But none of those examples are the origins o...
  • Zimbabwe will hold first post-Mugabe elections on July 30
    Zimbabwe_sets_presidential_and_parliamentary_elections_on_july_30 2018-05-30 17:06:12 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on July 30, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday, a vote he promises will be free and fair with international monitoring after the ouster of 94-year-old stron...
  • Zimbabwe investigates Grace Mugabe for ivory smuggling
    Zimbabwe's_former_first_lady_grace_mugabe_faces_arrest 2018-03-26 06:11:15 UTC
    The former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, is suspected by wildlife officials of having smuggled ivory worth millions of dollars. The wife of ex-President Robert Mugabe was once tipped to lead the country. The wife of former Zimbabwean ru...
  • South Africa ex-President, Jacob Zuma, faces corruption charges
    South_africa_ex-president__jacob_zuma_faces_corruption_charges 2018-03-16 19:08:19 UTC
    PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, prosecutors said, as a years-old scandal returned to haunt him within weeks of his fall from power. It was a stunning ...
  • Listeriosis outbreak kills 180 people in South Africa
    Listeriosis_outbreak_kills_180_people_in_south_africa 2018-03-05 20:37:17 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Officials have said the outbreak was linked to contaminated sausage and warned South Africans not to consume "ready to eat" processed meat. The UN said the listeria outbreak is believed to be the largest-ever worldwide...
  • Ethiopia ruled out military takeover amid state of emergency
    Ethiopia_ruled_out_military_takeover_amid_state_of_emergency 2018-02-17 17:08:46 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The United St...
  • South Africa faces a long, hard road back to prosperity and self-respect
    South_africa_faces_a_long__hard_road_back_to_prosperity_and_self-respect 2018-02-15 08:20:01 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans awoke to a nation without Jacob Zuma as president for the first time in nine years on Thursday, released from the burden of a compromised leader who darkened the dreams and aspirations of the post-apartheid ...
  • South Africa's ANC party to "recall" Jacob Zuma as president
    South_africa's_anc_party_resolved_to_%22recall%22_jacob_zuma_as_head_of_state 2018-02-13 07:12:26 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided N...
  • Cape Town’s Critical Water Shortage Disaster Plan “Day Zero”
    Cape_town%e2%80%99s_critical_water_shortages_disaster_plan_%e2%80%9cday_zero%e2%80%9d 2018-01-28 19:46:52 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call “Day Zero,” a date currently projected to fall in the first half ...
  • Zimbabwe's president orders top officials to declare assets
    Zimbabwe's_president_orders_top_officials_to_declare_assets 2018-01-23 18:23:11 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has given cabinet ministers and senior government officials until the end of February to declare their assets as new President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to foster transparency and fight corruption. Mnangagwa, 75, took...
  • South African 'homeland' leader who resisted the end of apartheid dies
    South_african_'homeland'_leader_who_resisted_the_end_of_apartheid_dies 2018-01-19 09:32:39 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lucas Mangope, a leader of one of South Africa’s tribal homelands who resisted the end of apartheid, died on Thursday at the age of 94, local media reported on Friday. Mangope was president from 1977 to 1994 of Bophutha...
  • Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in US helicopter crash
    Zimbabwe_opposition_leader_dies_in_us_helicopter_crash 2018-01-19 07:31:03 UTC
    New Mexico/ Albuquerque — Authorities in the US state of New Mexico say key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash. State Police Lieutenant Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Bennett's death on Thursday, a day af...
  • Zimbabwe fires more than 30 senior police commanders
    Zimbabwe_has_fired_more_than_30_senior_police_commanders 2018-01-18 19:21:36 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has fired more than 30 senior police commanders as part of a process to clean up the image of the force, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported in its online edition on Thursday quoting unnamed police sources. Pol...
  • Immigrants from Africa Boast Higher Education Levels Than Overall U.S. Population
    Immigrants_from_africa_boast_higher_education_levels_than_overall_u.s._population 2018-01-13 10:19:57 UTC
    NEW YORK - Today, New American Economy (NAE) released a report on the contributions of immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. economy. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of African immigrants in America more than doubled - rising from rough...
  • All African countries decry Trump's insult as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic"
    All_african_countries_decry_trump's_remarks_as_%22outrageous__racist__and_xenophobic%22 2018-01-13 08:01:19 UTC
    All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after US media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hol...
  • Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe faces arrest
    Zimbabwe's_former_first_lady_grace_mugabe_faces_arrest 2018-01-07 03:54:07 UTC
    HARARE — Former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe could soon be arrested over an array of corruption-related allegations as woes mount for the ex-Zanu PF women’s league boss. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption commissioner responsible for investigatio...
  • Harare water unsafe to drink, due to chemical shortage
    Harare_water_unsafe_to_drink__due_to_chemical_shortage_ 2018-01-02 08:32:35 UTC
    The mayor of Harare says a shortage of chemicals has resulted in unsafe water being pumped into residents’ homes for consumption in the Zimbabwean capital. Bernard Manyenyeni told The Herald newspaper: “Our claims that the water is chemically s...
  • Who Is Zimbabwe’s General Constantino Chiwenga?
    Who_is_zimbabwe%e2%80%99s_general_constantino_chiwenga_ 2017-12-30 21:28:59 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll. On De...
  • Zimbabweans of European Origin Return to Seized Land
    Zimbabweans_of_european_ethnic_origin_returns_to_seized_land 2017-12-24 11:14:22 UTC
    RUSAPE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - The last time farmer Rob Smart left his land it was at gunpoint, forced out in June by riot police armed with tear gas and AK-47 assault rifles. He returned on Thursday to ululations and tears of joy from former wor...
  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga as party VP
    Zimbabwe's_mnangagwa_appointed_retired_army_boss_constantino_chiwenga_as_party_vp 2017-12-23 20:52:38 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi as the ruling party’s vice presidents, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The appointments paved the w...
  • Cyril Ramaphosa elected as new leader of the South Africa's ruling party ANC
    Cyril_ramaphosa_elected_as_new_leader_of_the_south_africa's_ruling_party_anc 2017-12-18 18:02:56 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled sinc...
  • No Future For Grace Mugabe After Her Husband Dies
    No_future_for_grace_mugabe_after_her_husband_dies 2017-12-17 07:07:38 UTC
    <blockquote>The Catholic priest who negotiated former president Robert Mugabe’s exit had no kind words for his wife Grace and blamed her for Mugabe’s demise. Father Fidelis Mukonori told the Jesuit Review that Grace Mugabe’s greed for power was...
  • South Africa raises subsidies to universities to 1% of GDP
    South_africa_will_raise_subsidies_to_universities_to_1_percent_of_gdp 2017-12-16 16:46:53 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jac...
  • Mnangagwa: ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair election
    Mnangagwa-_zanu_pf_should_aim_to_hold_free_and_fair_elections_always 2017-12-15 17:49:27 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the ruling ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair elections always, while his party endorsed him as its leader and official candidate for the top job when the vote comes. ...
  • Zimbabwe May Recoup Millions of Dollars in Diamonds Kept in Britain
    Zimbabwe_may_recoup_millions_of_dollars_in_diamonds_kept_in_britain 2017-12-10 21:43:02 UTC
    President Emmerson Mnangagwa could recoup millions of dollars in diamond proceeds that were siphoned to London if he mends Zimbabwe’s relations with Britain. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Mnangagwa would spearhead the mending of polit...