Africa

Zimbabwe priest held over Mugabe death prophecy

Zimbabwe priest held over Mugabe...

January 17

HARARE — Zimbabwe police on Monday (Jan 16) detained a pastor who claimed that veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, would die in Oct, his lawyer said.

Descendants of slaves on a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Descendants of slaves on a voodoo...

January 12

OUIDAH (BENIN) — Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at...

World’s last wild frankincense forests are under threat

World’s last wild frankincense...

December 24

ERIGAVO (Somalia) — In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in...

Influx of Chinese investors angers Madagascans

Influx of Chinese investors angers...

December 18

SOAMAHAMANINA (Madagascar) — The mine had not yet opened, but Madagascans were already seething with rage and the Chinese management finally quit Soamahamanina, leaving behind...

Girls ‘aged 7 or 8’ stage suicide attack in Nigeria

Girls ‘aged 7 or 8’ stage suicide...

December 11

KANO (Nigeria) — Two young girls approximately seven or eight years old blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian market on Sunday (Dec 11), killing themselves and one other...

Gambia ready to vote — with marbles

Gambia ready to vote — with marbles

November 29

BANJUL (Gambia) — The African nation of Gambia showcased Monday (Nov 28) its homegrown solution to the problem of fraud and illiteracy at the ballot box: voting with marbles.

Cape Town's gay mosque provides rare haven

Cape Town's gay mosque provides rare...

October 31

CAPE TOWN — Friday prayers at the People's Mosque in Cape Town looks like any other around the Islamic world, except in this South African city the imam is openly gay and the...