[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -Biram Dah Abeid, who has been jailed numerous times for his fight against slavery, says he plans to stand for president
EVEN AT THE best of times Nigeria is awash with speculation. Ask otherwise sensible people who is really behind Boko Haram, a jihadist group, and conspiracy theories come pouring out
QATAR WAS the first Arab state to join OPEC after its founding in 1960. Now it will be the first to leave. On December 3rd the emirate’s energy minister, Saad al-Kaabi, said his country was quitting the oil cartel to focus on gas production.
[RFI] President Emmerson Mnangagwa finds himself between a rock and a hard place, after marking his first year in charge of bankrupt Zimbabwe.
IN THE SAHARA, rain is said to bring good luck. So negotiators from the United Nations should be encouraged by a recent downpour in Laayoune, the capital of Western Sahara. On December 5th they will gather in Geneva to try, yet again, to resolve the differences between Morocco, which rules two-thirds of the territory, and the Polisario Front, a nationalist movement that controls the other (mostly inhospitable) third
AN INDUSTRIAL ZONE should be a noisy place. At the Zona Económica Especial (ZEE), a Manhattan-sized plot near Luanda, Angola’s capital, the only sound is birdsong
THE WATER level of the Sea of Galilee, on which Jesus supposedly walked, is a national obsession in Israel. Newspapers report its rise and fall next to the weather forecast.
WHEN A YOUNG woman living near Beni came down with a fever, a nurse told her to go to the clinic for a test. But by the time the Ebola virus was detected in her blood, she was in a car bumping her way towards Kalungata, an area controlled by the Mai-Mai, a plundering, raping militia
IN 1876 TETTEH QUARSHIE, a blacksmith, smuggled the first cocoa beans into Ghana, hidden beneath his box of tools. He is now celebrated as a national hero; his trees, planted in the hills outside Accra, are a tourist attraction
[New Zimbabwe] ZRP commissioner general Godwin Matanga has warned that police are ready to arrest opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa for allegedly inciting the August 1 post-election violence which left six peopled dead and several others injured.