Xan Rice

Côte d’Ivoire poll dispute triggers military standoff

Ivorian after troops loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo sealed off the routes around a hotel housing his foe, Alassane Ouattara.

Emerging world embraces the rigid faith spurned by secular Europe

The Vatican's view of issues such as abortion, homosexuality and female priests looks increasingly at odds with modern secular realities.

Rwanda fingered for war crimes

The UN has accused Rwanda of wholesale war crimes, including possibly genocide, during years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda govt critics live in fear as election approaches

The Rwandan Patriotic Front has won much credit for rebuilding the country after the 1994 genocide, but political violence and suppression continue.

Kenya’s political giants face off over new constitution

One is 78 years old and desperately trying to salvage his legacy. The other is 85 and past caring:Kenya's president, Mwai Kibaki, and his predecessor.

Disco escaped carnage

Ugandan police have discovered a suicide vest and explosives laced with ball bearings in a discotheque in the capital, Kampala.

Concern over Ethiopian election result

Observers say landslide victory by ruling party was achieved by threats, writes <b>Xan Rice</b>.

Ethiopia’s jailed victim of Western realpolitik

Many Ethiopians agree that political prisoner Birtukan Mideksa's treatment has cast a shadow over elections due in May.

When the shoe fits

A small firm in Ethiopia is recycling old tyres and turning them into funky fashion that's gone global, reports Xan Rice.

Suspect was pious pupil who shunned life of the rich

Abdulmutallab remained a humble, if solitary young man who shunned material possessions and craved knowledge.

Homophobia on the Bill

As a gay Ugandan, Frank Mugisha has endured insults from strangers, hate messages on his phone, police harassment and being outed in a tabloid.

Western Sahara’s ‘Gandhi’ begins hunger strike

Western Sahara's most prominent human rights activist has gone on a hunger strike at an airport in the Canary Islands.

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