The security situation is becoming especially serious in the Sahel, the belt between the Sahara and more tropical lands to the south, where the number of extremist attacks is doubling annually.
South Africa’s gold industry has increasingly been besieged by Kalashnikov-toting gangs trying to rob gold mines and processing plants, reflecting deteriorating security and economic malaise in the country.
Nigeria’s health authorities reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa, adding to fears about the spread of the virus on a continent already beset by some of the world’s weakest health-care systems.
The worst plague in generations is putting some 20 million people in Africa at risk of starvation, as enormous clouds of locusts defy pest control and devour every crop in their path.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir swore-in opposition leader Riek Machar as his deputy, marking the tentative start of a power-sharing government between two former enemies and the latest effort to end a six-year conflict.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed support for the anticorruption stance and business-oriented agenda of Angolan President João Lourenço.
As the Trump administration weighs a possible reduction of its military presence in West Africa, one of its allies in the region, Senegal, appealed Sunday for continued U.S. support.
Sudan’s transitional government has agreed in principle to extradite Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, a surprise move that could see the former strongman face trial over genocide and war crime charges.
African nations are scrambling to strengthen health defenses against coronavirus’s spread from China, the continent’s largest trading partner, amid fears the outbreak could overwhelm some of the world’s weakest health-care systems.
Daniel arap Moi, a former schoolteacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving president and presided over years of repression and economic turmoil fueled by runaway corruption, has died. He was 95.
East African nations are struggling to suppress a growing infestation of desert locusts that the U.N. says presents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.
A private banker at EuroBic, a Portuguese bank, apparently hanged himself after Angola prosecutors named him as a suspect in a probe of alleged money laundering by the daughter of the African country’s ex-president.
The U.S. has been the principal foreign backer for South Sudan, delivering $11 billion in aid, but is now imposing sanctions on government officials for perpetuating the country’s civil war.
The U.S. military said that an attack on a shared military base by Somalia’s al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab on Sunday killed three Americans, highlighting the threat the Islamist group still poses to the region despite a step up in American airstrikes in recent years.
Growing problems at South Africa’s state-owned enterprises are pushing major companies towards bankruptcy and subjecting the continent’s most developed economy to rolling blackouts that are choking growth.
A massive truck bomb detonated during morning rush hour in Mogadishu has killed more than 70 people in one of the deadliest single attacks to take place in Somalia’s decades of civil war and Islamist insurgency.
The State Department and U.S. lawmakers are urging Omoyele Sowore’s release, framing the case as a test of the democratic credentials of Africa’s largest economy and one of America’s top counterterrorism allies.
Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir was sentenced to two years in detention by a court in Khartoum after being convicted of money laundering and corruption.
Economies in the region are reeling from a second historic drought in three years, leaving 45 million people in crisis, and the problem is worsening.
Jihadists killed more than 70 soldiers in an attack on a military base in western Niger, the deadliest single Islamist attack on a country the West has cultivated as a bulwark against rising militancy across the Sahel.