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  • The world’s newest nation is on the brink of a new civil war

    The world’s newest nation is on the brink of a new civil war

    The swamp, with its swaying reeds, pale purple water lilies and turbid waters, is full of bones. Here is the spot where one family, fleeing an outbreak of fighting on the Upper Nile, ferried their children in a makeshift plastic canoe, only to find that it had leaked and the babies had silently...

  • If the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has a new leader, where is Abubakar Shekau?

    If the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has a new leader, where is Abubakar Shekau?

    The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram says it has a new leader, leaving a question: What has happened to Abubakar Shekau, the terrorist leader who earned global notoriety in 2014 when he laughed and threatened to sell more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls as slaves? Shekau was last heard of in March,...

  • U.S. launches airstrike campaign against Islamic State in Libya

    U.S. launches airstrike campaign against Islamic State in Libya

    U.S. attack jets and drones launched airstrikes inside Libya on Monday against multiple Islamic State targets, marking a further expansion of President Obama's war against the militant group. The warplanes targeted Islamic State transport vehicles and tanks that had been menacing Libyan forces...

  • Child brides sold for cows: The price of being a girl in South Sudan

    Child brides sold for cows: The price of being a girl in South Sudan

    When the girl was 16, her uncle told her he was taking her to the family village. Excited about the trip, she packed the few things she had. She thought the plan was to meet relatives and see the birthplace of her father, who died when she was 10. She didn’t understand yet that in South Sudan,...

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

    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,...

  • Hunter calls. Bird responds. And together they find honey.

    Hunter calls. Bird responds. And together they find honey.

    The honey-hunter lets out a long trill, followed by a sharp grunt. Brrr-hm! On cue, a small bird flies to the hunter and responds with its own chattering noise. The greater honeyguide flits from tree to tree, searching for a beehive. Over thousands of years, honeyguides, named for their unusual...

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

    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...

  • At least 14 killed as gunmen storm Somalia hotel

    At least 14 killed as gunmen storm Somalia hotel

    In the Somali capital, the Shabab extremist group has a deadly effective method of spreading terror: A suicide bomber detonates a car at the entrance to a hotel popular with government members, then gunmen swarm in, killing guests, taking hostages and posting snipers on the rooftop to fire on arriving...

  • ‘Catastrophic humanitarian emergency’ at Nigerian refugee camp

    ‘Catastrophic humanitarian emergency’ at Nigerian refugee camp

    More than 1,200 people living in a camp for internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria have died from starvation and sickness during the last year in what is becoming “a catastrophic humanitarian emergency,” according to the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. The...

  • Ebola no longer an international health emergency, WHO says

    Ebola no longer an international health emergency, WHO says

    The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer qualifies as an international health emergency, although it cautioned that male survivors can infect their sexual partners for up to a year after recovering. The decision by the WHO's Ebola emergency committee...

  • 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...

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