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#ZimbabweanLivesMatter: celebrities join campaign against human rights abuses

Stars and politicians including Ice Cube and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have spoken out adding to pressure on President Emmerson Mnanagwa’s regimeA campaign drawing attention to human rights abuses in Zimbabwe is attracting international celebrities and politicians as pressure mounts on President Emmerson Mnanagwa’s government to act.The #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign, which originated in South Africa this week, is currently No 1 on the list of trending topics on Twitter and prominent on other socia...
Tags: Human Rights, Africa, World news, South Africa, Global development, Zimbabwe, Ice Cube, Black Lives Matter Movement, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Emmerson Mnanagwa


Letter from Africa: How African generosity dried a crying teacher's tears

Strangers helped a Nigerian teacher, left without money because of coronavirus, get back on his feet.
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Samuel L. Jackson Docuseries ‘Enslaved’ Sets Premiere Date on Epix

Samuel L. Jackson’s latest project, a docuseries which is looking to shed new light on 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World, has set its premiere date. Titled “Enslaved,” the six-part Epix series will premiere Sept. 14 in the U.S., and on  Oct. 18 on CBC in Canada. The series uses […]
Tags: News, Africa, Canada, Samuel L. Jackson, Cbc, Enslaved, New World, Epix, Samuel L Jackson Docuseries


Wildlife forensics: how a giant pangolin named Ghost could help save the species

A new research programme in Gabon is identifying the ‘isotopic fingerprint’ of the world’s most-trafficked mammal in the fight to beat smugglersAfter a two-week chase through Lopé-Okanda national park, a mosaic of rainforest and savannah in central Gabon, David Lehmann and his Wildlife Capture Unit were celebrating – they had caught a giant pangolin nicknamed Ghost, the biggest on record.The team – consisting of eco-guards, an indigenous tracker, a field biologist and a wildlife vet – hope that ...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Gabon, Mammals, David Lehmann, Lopé Okanda


'Ghetto presidents': musicians risk all to take on authoritarian rule in Africa

Artists taking on political roles from Algeria to Zambia have been beaten, detained and killedThey call him the “ghetto president”, and his ambition is to bring the dreams and the sounds of the streets to the corridors of power.Bobi Wine, a popular reggae star and prominent opposition MP in Uganda, will release a new album next month that addresses what he calls “the real issues people are facing – the injustices, corruption, high taxation, misrule, abuse of human rights, dictatorship.” Continue...
Tags: Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Rap, Uganda, Culture, Hip-hop, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Reggae, Bobi Wine


‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.

Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year. Lockdowns and supply-chain disruptions threaten progress against the disease as well as H.I.V. and malaria.
Tags: News, Mexico, India, Africa, South Africa, Brazil, World Health Organization, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Eastern Europe, UNAIDS, Cepheid, Medicine and Health, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Shutdowns (Institutional


Shoprite: Africa's biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria

Shoprite is the latest high-profile South African retailer to struggle in the Nigerian market.
Tags: News, Nigeria, Africa


Booker-longlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga freed on bail in Zimbabwe

The novelist, whose book This Mournable Body was named as a finalist last week, had been arrested while taking part in anti-corruption protestsThe Booker-longlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga has been freed on bail after her arrest during anti-corruption protests in Zimbabwe last week.The acclaimed writer, who was longlisted for the 2020 Booker prize for her novel This Mournable Body, documented her arrest on Friday with another protester, Julie Barnes, in the Harare suburb of Borrowdale. The aut...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Africa, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Zimbabwe, Booker prize, Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Borrowdale, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Julie Barnes, Hopewell Chin


Shoprite: Africa's biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria

Shoprite is the latest high-profile South African retailer to struggle in the Nigerian market.
Tags: News, Nigeria, Africa


WhatsApp spyware attack: senior clergymen in Togo among activists targeted

Bishop from Togo among 1,400 individuals alerted by WhatsApp to malware attackA prominent Catholic bishop and a priest in Togo have been told they were targeted by spyware made by the private surveillance firm NSO Group, in the first known case of its kind involving members of the clergy.A joint investigation by the Guardian and the French newspaper Le Monde can reveal that Bishop Benoît Alowonou and five other critics of Togo’s repressive government were alerted by WhatsApp last year that their...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Africa, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Togo, Le Monde, NSO Group, Benoît Alowonou


Senior clergymen among activists targeted by spyware

Bishop from Togo among 1,400 individuals alerted by WhatsApp to malware attackA prominent Catholic bishop and a priest in Togo have been told they were targeted by spyware made by the private surveillance firm NSO Group, in the first known case of its kind involving members of the clergy.A joint investigation by the Guardian and the French newspaper Le Monde can reveal that Bishop Benoît Alowonou and five other critics of Togo’s repressive government were alerted by WhatsApp last year that their...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Africa, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Togo, Le Monde, NSO Group, Benoît Alowonou


How a musician's death unleashed violence and death in Ethiopia

160 people have died following the killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, leaving the ethnically and politically riven country more divided than everThe figure holding a gun stepped beside the car in which Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was sitting in Addis Ababa, and pulled the trigger. The cold-blooded killing on the night of 29 June cut short the young life of one of Ethiopia’s most popular musicians and activists. It was also the start of some of the most consequential few days in recent Ethiopian history.H...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Oromia, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, Haacaaluu, Ziway, Selas Russell


Americans in Africa: Why we left America to live in Africa

Three African Americans have been explaining why they left the US to find a better life in Africa.
Tags: News, Africa, US, America


South Africa registers more than half a million coronavirus cases

Infections rise following easing of lockdown as government struggles to retain public trustCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Africa has registered more than half a million confirmed cases of Covid-19, health officials have said, as the government struggles to retain public trust amid allegations of widespread corruption, arbitrary decisions on restrictions and administrative incompetence.Africa’s most industrialised nation was widely praised for its early response...
Tags: Africa, World news, South Africa, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus global report: 'response fatigue' fears as Mexico hits 9,000 daily cases

Many countries that believed they were past the worst are grappling with new outbreaks, says WHOCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, as the country overtook the UK with the world’s third-highest number of deaths from the pandemic after the US and Brazil.The surging numbers were reported as the World Health Organization warned of “response fatigue” and a resurgence of cases in several countries ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, UK, Mexico, France, China, India, Africa, Israel, Americas, Narendra Modi, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news


In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew. It showed a bound prisoner begging for liberation after multiple negative tests, while a health minister demanded to know where he was hiding the virus. “The impression was that we were a dangerous group and that what was necessary was to protect the rest of society from us,” said Ssentongo, a cartoonist for Uganda's Observer newspaper who was put in quaran...
Tags: News, Africa, Uganda, Britain, Observer, Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, Ssentongo


The images of ordinary Soweto that captured apartheid's injustice

David Goldblatt’s photo essay from 1972 is a key document of an era. Now he is the subject of a major show in LondonThe photographer David Goldblatt, the great chronicler of the apartheid era in South Africa, is to be celebrated by one of the first London art galleries to re‑open this month.Goldblatt, who died in 2018, has not been the subject of a major London show for more than 30 years. The new exhibition, David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948-2018, at the Goodman Gallery in Mayfair, will focus ...
Tags: Photography, London, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Art and design, Mayfair, Johannesburg, Soweto, David Goldblatt, Goldblatt, Goodman Gallery


Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil

A showdown looms in the fight for control of the country – with Africa’s largest oilfields as the prizeIn August 2011, as Libya’s rebels and Nato jets began an assault on Tripoli, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi delivered a speech calling on his supporters to defend the country from foreign invaders.“There is a conspiracy to control Libyan oil and to control Libyan land, to colonise Libya once again. This is impossible, impossible. We will fight until the last man and last woman to defend Libya from eas...
Tags: Africa, Oil, World news, Commodities, Middle East and North Africa, Nato, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Gaddafi, Sirte, Tripoli


Coronavirus live news: Victoria faces stage 4 lockdown as South Africa cases pass 500,000

Australian state braced for new announcement; South Africa accounts for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed Covid-19 infections; WHO anticipates “lengthy” pandemic. Follow the latest updatesVictoria to announce stage four coronavirus lockdown restrictions with federal backingVictoria and Melbourne coronavirus mapMelbourne’s stage 3 Covid-19 lockdown rules explainedThe week Covid-19 roared back in EuropeSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.25am BST The head of Mexico’s efforts to fight the cor...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Africa, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Ap, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Victoria, Melbourne, Greg Jericho, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries. Experts say the true toll of the pandemic worldwide is much higher than confirmed cases, due to limited testing and other reasons.
Tags: News, Africa, South Africa


South Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass half a million

South Africa's confirmed cases of COVID-19 have crossed half a million, its health ministry said on Saturday, while cases in Africa as a whole approached a million. Africa's most industrialised nation recorded 10,107 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, pushing the total to 503,290, the ministry said. Just over 3 million people have so far been tested for the virus in South Africa, which confirmed its first case five months ago, and 8,153 de...
Tags: News, Africa, South Africa, COVID


Coronavirus live: South Africa cases reach 500,000, new cases double in Belgium

Crew onboard Norwegian cruise ship test positive for virus; Vietnamese tourist hotspot Da Nang to test entire city; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments liveFauci optimistic about having a vaccine this yearAustralia death toll tops 200The week Covid-19 roared back in Europe 9.25pm BST South Africa’s confirmed cases of Covid-19 have crossed half a million, the health ministry said on Saturday, while cases in Africa as a whole approached a million. Africa’s mo...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Senate, Africa, US, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, House Of Representatives, Arizona, Belgium, Boris Johnson, Da Nang, Reuters, BST South Africa


The people of Soweto by David Goldblatt - in pictures

In the early 1970s, the acclaimed South African photographer documented the residents of the township. These portraits form part of Goldblatt’s first major solo exhibition in London since 1986, now showing at the Goodman Gallery. Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, London, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Art and design, Exhibitions, Soweto, David Goldblatt, Goldblatt, Goodman Gallery Continue


Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins

Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions. From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms control and immigration, the presumptive Democratic nominee and his advisers have vowed to unleash a tsunami of change ...
Tags: Europe, News, White House, Africa, America, Joe Biden, Middle East, Biden, Donald Trump, Asia Latin America


Libyans fear regional war as rival powers vie for control, says envoy

UN representative has two months to secure ceasefire but warns that risks are rising The Libyan people are increasingly scared that their future is being taken out of their hands by external actors, and that the risk of a regional war is rising, Stephanie Williams the acting UN Special Envoy for Libya said on Saturday.Williams said on a visit to London: “The Libyan people are exhausted and scared in equal measure. They are tired of war, and want peace, but they fear this is not in their hands no...
Tags: London, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Williams, United Nations, Libya, Un, Stephanie Williams, UN Special Envoy for Libya


The Latest: South Africa surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 cases

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 503,290, including 8,153 deaths. Experts say the true toll of the pandemic worldwide is much higher than confirmed cases, due to limited testing and other reasons.
Tags: News, Africa, South Africa, Zwelini Mkhize


Trump Admin Sidelines CDC To Give Pentagon ‘Unprecedented’ Role In Vaccine Distribution

The Trump Administration is moving to give the Department of Defense control over logistics in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, a move that infectious disease experts describe as “unprecedented.” “The DOD is handling all the logistics of getting the vaccines to the right place at the right time in the right condition,” one Trump administration official told reporters on Thursday, saying that the “great, vast resources of the Department of Defense” would help get the job done.  The move, f...
Tags: News, Obama, Cdc, Politico, Africa, US, Department Of Defense, Walgreens, Pentagon, Cvs, Trump, Dod, HHS, Tulane, Tom Frieden, Trump Administration


Zimbabwe Locks Down Capital, Thwarting Planned Protests

Three years after the fall of the strongman Robert Mugabe, the country is in free fall and his successor is clamping down by arresting opposition activists — including an author just nominated for the Booker Prize.
Tags: News, Africa, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Demonstrations, Robert, Mugabe, Moyo, Obadiah, Mnangagwa, Emmerson, Protests and Riots, Harare (Zimbabwe, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Booker prize-longlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested in Zimbabwe

Author whose novel This Mournable Body was announced as a finalist earlier this week, was held during anti-corruption protestsTsitsi Dangarembga, the award-winning Zimbabwean novelist who was nominated for the Booker prize longlist earlier this week, has been arrested during anti-corruption demonstrations in Harare.Dangarembga, whose novel This Mournable Body was longlisted for the UK’s premier fiction award next to Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler, documented her arrest in the city’s suburb of Borr...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, Africa, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Zimbabwe, Booker prize, Hilary Mantel, Anne Tyler, Borrowdale, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Harare Dangarembga


Africa's week in pictures: 24-30 July 2020

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.
Tags: News, Africa



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