Armed men began shooting at an Islamic school in the town of Tegina on Sunday, then forced the students to walk toward the forest. At least one person was killed, officials said. It was the latest episode in a rising tide of high-school abductions across Nigeria.
French President Emmanuel Macron publicly acknowledged his country’s “terrible responsibility” in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and asked for forgiveness in a bid to reset relations with the East African nation.
Mount Nyiragongo erupted for the first time in nearly two decades, sending many fleeing into neighboring Rwanda.
Abubakar Shekau, the fundamentalist warlord who turned Boko Haram from an obscure radical sect into a jihadist army whose war with the Nigerian state has killed tens of thousands, has died, according to officials, mediators, phone calls and intelligence memos.
The death of Chad’s president in battle with Libya-based rebels that trained alongside Russian mercenaries deals a blow to a French-led stabilization strategy in the Sahel region.
Zambia, which defaulted on payments to bondholders in November, is doubling down on debt with a high-stakes bet that nationalizing one of its biggest copper mines will help rescue its flailing economy.
The death of autocratic leader Idriss Déby plunges the strategic West African Sahel region into fresh uncertainty as local armies—backed by U.S. and European forces—struggle to check the rise of jihadist and militant groups.
The African nation’s first female leader, Samia Suluhu Hassan, is seeking to shift the skeptical policy of late President John Magufuli and regain international trust.
Researchers warn that the new variant, found in the U.S. and at least 60 countries, may spread faster and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines.
Ethiopia sees the dam as a way to bring electricity to tens of millions of people who currently rely on firewood, while Egypt regards it as a strategic threat that could siphon off critical water supplies.
More than 1,800 inmates escaped from a prison in Nigeria’s southeast after it was attacked by gunmen, raising fears that a new insurrection is building in a majority-Christian part of the country.
Total and international contractors were moving staff from a $20 billion natural-gas project.
Two ongoing Ebola outbreaks in Africa appear to have been sparked by survivors of earlier epidemics, according to research that is drawing attention to how long the virus can lurk in parts of the body, only to reappear months or even years after the initial illness.
The move could mark a turn in the nearly five-month conflict or simply a tactical retreat in the face of international pressure.
Criminal gangs are earning millions of dollars by taking schoolchildren hostage, sometimes cooperating with Boko Haram, further destabilizing countries in the region.
The death of John Magufuli, who urged citizens to turn to religion to beat Covid-19, has raised hopes that a government that became Africa’s chief virus and vaccine skeptic will change course.
Months after healthcare workers in developed countries have been immunized, their colleagues in countries like Zambia are still risking their lives in the fight against the pandemic.
Gunmen kidnapped three teachers from a primary school in Nigeria, government officials said, as parents of students kidnapped in another school four days earlier staged a protest demanding the government bring their children home.
Gunmen kidnapped dozens of female students from a college in northwestern Nigeria, the fourth mass abduction in as many months in a region suffering from a worsening security breakdown.
The U.S. imposed sanctions on two of Islamic State’s fast-growing affiliates in Central Africa for the first time, underscoring the rising threat posed by the group outside the Middle East.