Africa

Inside one of the world’s toughest lockdowns, a glittering trade for illicit product is booming. In recent months, record amounts of gold from the conflict zones of Eastern Congo have been smuggled across the border with Uganda before being shipped to international markets.

Zimbabwe’s stock exchange had served as a refuge of sorts, protecting the African country’s investor class from surging inflation. Its subsequent shutdown is the latest financial contortion in a country with a history of monetary dysfunction.

Egypt is attempting to raise international pressure on Ethiopia to strike a deal on the use of water from the Nile, which sustains life for tens of millions of people, as Addis Ababa prepares to begin filling a massive hydroelectric dam on a branch of the river this month.

Hundreds of militants have been killed as the world’s most-deadly jihadist groups battle for supremacy in a 3,000-mile expanse touching Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Chad.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry reported a fresh cluster of Ebola infections in the country’s northwest.

From Tanzania to Cameroon and from Somalia to Nigeria, health workers are reporting a reality that bears little resemblance to the official data, with hot spots emerging in countries with few resources to tackle them.

As international momentum builds behind debt relief for Africa’s most poverty-stricken and heavily indebted economies, a tussle is brewing between Western governments, private investors and the continent’s largest creditor: China.

Six years after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a northeastern Nigerian village, a rise of attacks is raising a grim prospect: Some of them could easily become victims once more.

The World Health Organization unexpectedly reported two new cases of Ebola, dashing hopes that the outbreak, which began in August 2018, could formally be declared over.

As most of the world goes into lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus, Tanzania’s president is taking a different tack: encouraging people to go pray in churches and mosques to quell a “satanic” virus that can only be cured by divine intervention.

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.

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