South Africa Destroys Seized Illicitly Imported Clothes at Peak Shopping Season

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s tax authority recently destroyed more than half-a-million dollars worth of illicitly imported goods � including more than 13,000 bales of clothing � just as many South Africans are staring down a …

Did Italian Priest Father 2 African Sons, And Walk Away?

NAIROBI – Steven Lacchin grew up a fatherless boy, but he knew some very basic facts about the man who was his father.

He knew Lacchin, the name on his Kenyan birth certificate, was his …

Vaccine Group Announces Creation of Ebola Vaccine Stockpile

The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out …

When Did You Last See an African Video Game Hero?

What’s wrong with being a plucky hero running from demon monkeys or a glamorous model in dress up games? Players too often get sucked into worlds full of violence and unhealthy body images, according to …

Efforts to End Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Draw Criticism from Within

WASHINGTON – A decision by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to dissolve the ruling party months ahead of the 2020 national election has prompted criticism from the upper echelons of his own government.

In an …

Macron Conditions Troop Presence in Sahel on West African Clarifications

WATFORD, ENGLAND. – President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday demanded West African leaders dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France’s military to continue its operations against Islamist militants.

France, the former colonial …

Reporter’s Notebook: Journalist Remembers Horror of Somalia Hotel Attack

WASHINGTON – Ten years ago on December 3, 2009, a suicide bomber attacked a graduation ceremony at the Shamo Hotel, one of Mogadishu’s main hotels. Fourteen medical students, lecturers, and doctors from Banadir University were …