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To understand life in rural South Sudan, talk to this man about his cattle

The possessions in Luko Loku’s thatched home convey his simple life. A bedside stool with a sliver of mirror. An old door hinge. A machete lying on the bed frame, as if sleeping. His clothes dangle from a wire, his motorcycle leans against one wall. There’s a hammer, a scattering of plastic cups,...

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    Some of the people who are supposed to be saving rhinos are helping them die out

    They are supposed to save the rhino — police in Mozambique, South African soldiers, park rangers and government officials. But the people who could help stop the species’ extinction are often making things worse, according to a report Wednesday that laid out a series of damning failures of governance...

  • South Sudan appears to be sliding back into war

    South Sudan appears to be sliding back into war

    Heavy fighting erupted Monday between government and opposition forces in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as last-ditch international pressure by the United Nations failed to stem a slide back into war. South Sudanese military helicopter gunships flew over the capital, tanks were deployed and heavy...

  • From Olympics to prison, the marathon of covering Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace

    From Olympics to prison, the marathon of covering Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace

    Ten years ago, a young man turned up at a Pretoria athletic field and trotted around the track a few times with casual ease. This must be the man I was waiting for. His name was Oscar Pistorius, and he was running on carbon fiber blades. I had an appointment for an interview about his efforts to...

  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder of girlfriend

    Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder of girlfriend

    South Africa’s High Court on Wednesday sentenced double amputee Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, rejecting the prosecution’s contention that he showed no remorse. Pistorius' defense team told reporters after the court...

  • A rare strike in Zimbabwe shakes the government of 92-year-old Robert Mugabe

    A rare strike in Zimbabwe shakes the government of 92-year-old Robert Mugabe

    It began on YouTube in April with one man’s frustrated lament for Zimbabwe. Wrapped in the national flag, railing against the country’s problems, Pastor Evan Mawarire broke a spell that had kept Zimbabweans silent for years, too fearful to protest their anger over government failures and abuses....

  • South Africa in danger of becoming 'a mafia state,' ANC leader warns

    South Africa in danger of becoming 'a mafia state,' ANC leader warns

    South African President Jacob Zuma is facing allegations that he allowed a powerful family to engineer the hiring and firing of Cabinet ministers. Members of his own ruling party, the African National Congress, have come forward in recent days claiming that members of the Gupta family offered them...

  • Extremists attack European Union military post in Mali's capital

    Malian police say extremists have attacked the European Union military mission in the capital, Bamako. Sgt. Baba Dembele from the anti-terrorism unit in Bamako told an Associated Press reporter at the scene Monday night that it was believed some attackers had entered the luxury hotel where the...

  • Al Qaeda, seeking to reassert itself, sets sights on West Africa and foreign visitors

    Al Qaeda, seeking to reassert itself, sets sights on West Africa and foreign visitors

    Al Qaeda and its allies have a new strategy for spreading fear in West Africa. Once focused on taking hostages for ransom and striking military targets in the desert, the terrorist network has been sending small groups of nimble gunmen to attack hotels, resorts and other soft targets where Westerners...

  • Meet the Colorado businessman who is running for president in Congo

    Meet the Colorado businessman who is running for president in Congo

    On paper, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of Africa’s richest nations. Its eastern hills are estimated to contain about $24 trillion worth of mineral deposits, including gold, diamonds, copper and cobalt. Its nearly 200 million acres of arable land could feed much of Africa, and the mighty...

  • The terrifying land of gang rape and brutal killings that is South Sudan

    The terrifying land of gang rape and brutal killings that is South Sudan

    The 6-year-old girl was striking, so beautiful that one of the South Sudanese government soldiers who attacked her village near Bentiu in Unity State singled her out. He would abduct her, the way so many other Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army soldiers were grabbing girls as sex slaves, locking...

  • More than 20 killed as Somali forces end siege of restaurant

    More than 20 killed as Somali forces end siege of restaurant

    Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday. The security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, speaking from the scene of the...

  • In South Africa, volunteer water deliveries bring relief to drought areas

    In South Africa, volunteer water deliveries bring relief to drought areas

    The tatty, faded umbrellas bob above a long queue of people, protection not against rain, but the parching sun. In what some farmers are calling the worst drought they've seen, residents in many rural townships saw the water in their taps dribble and die months ago. Crops didn't get planted. Wildlife...

  • South Africa reports a decrease in 2015 rhino poachings

    South Africa reports a decrease in 2015 rhino poachings

    The number of rhinos poached in South Africa, home to 80% of the world's population, fell marginally in 2015 after years of rising dramatically, according to newly released government figures. There were 1,175 rhinos killed last year, down from 1,215 the previous year, leading the government to...

  • Gunmen, suicide bomber attack restaurant in Somali capital; at least 3 dead

    Gunmen, suicide bomber attack restaurant in Somali capital; at least 3 dead

    A suicide car bomber rammed the gates of a restaurant near a beach in Somalia's capital before gunmen fought their way into the building in an attack that killed at least three people on Thursday, a police official said. The assailants may have taken some hostages inside the Liido Seafood restaurant,...

  • Morocco arrests Belgian man linked to Paris attackers

    Morocco arrests Belgian man linked to Paris attackers

    Moroccan police have arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent who is linked to Islamic State and had a "direct relationship" to the people who carried out the Paris attacks in November, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Join the conversation on Facebook >> The man had spent time in Syria getting...

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