Africa

Tunisia struggles to grow more wheat as Ukraine war bites

Since the Ukraine war sent global cereal prices soaring, import-dependent Tunisia has announced a push to grow all its own durum wheat, the basis for local staples like couscous and pasta.

Rwanda heals wounds of genocide

Survivors of Rwanda's 1994 genocide and relatives of those jailed for their alleged role in the massacres hope that this week's revival of traditional village courts will help ease the pain.

Robert Mugabe… Joseph Stalin

Nobel laureate and Northern Ireland politician David Trimble drew parallels on Thursday between the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin in the 1930s and Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe.

Swazis love their king, says Mswati

Swaziland's king has defended a custom enabling him to take as many brides as he likes and said a woman who asked the courts to prevent him from marrying her daughter had been badly advised.

Ivory Coast rebels as self-styled policemen

When a resident of rebel-held Bouake in Ivory Coast rings the headquarters of the mutineers who seized control here in September to complain that he was robbed, they react fast.

Egyptologists hit bureaucratic brick wall

Two accomplished but amateur Egyptologists have run into a bureaucratic brick wall in their search for what they suspect might be a hidden corridor in the Pyramid of Cheops.

Mugabe escapes new sanctions

A troika of Commonwealth leaders failed to agree how to deal with President Robert Mugabe, saving Zimbabwe from a threat of expulsion from the organisation.

Kenyan ‘air crash’ drill duped the media

A day after reports of a major air disaster sounded alarm bells across Nairobi and abroad, aviation officials conceded on Thursday they may have injected too much realism into an emergency drill, while others defended duping the media.

Uncut: shock film exposes genital mutilation

''A woman who is not circumcised is a dog and in the olden days was a slave,'' declares Stella Omorogie, a well-known Nigerian traditional female circumciser.

Corruption hastens famine in Malawi

A major report published by the International Bar Association exposes how threats to freedom and justice have triggered off a chain reaction putting millions of people in Malawi under threat of famine.

European Commission donates 15m food aid to Zambia

The European Commission said Tuesday it was donating 15-million euros to Zambia to buy 33 000 metric tons of corn in response to the country's food crisis.

Zimbabwe’s silent victims

Bonnie, a golden Labrador, wagged her tail playfully for the last time on Monday before succumbing to the veterinarian's lethal injection.

French troops move to calm Ivory Coast conflict

French troops on Sunday created a buffer zone stretching through the centre of Ivory Coast to secure a fragile ceasefire in a month-long uprising that has left rebels in control of half the west African nation.

UN plans to use tourism to fight poverty

The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) have joined forces in a new initiative to promote tourism as a tool to eliminate poverty.

Nepad must move from ‘vision to action’

African finance ministers urged haste on Sunday with putting the continent's economic development plan into action, warning it would falter otherwise.

Ravalomanana’s men march to victory

President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar has consolidated key territorial gains, and aside from violent incidents in one town, faced no opposition in his progress towards winning a power-struggle with former leader Didier Ratsiraka.

Madagascar’s ex-prime minister arrested

Soldiers loyal to Madagascar's new President Marc Ravalomanana have put former prime minister Tantely Andrianarivo under house arrest.

Unheralded and unnoticed, a nation is born

A new nation is being created, almost unnoticed, in troubled Horn of Africa.

Kaunda warned: Retire or you’ll be humiliated

Kenneth Kaunda's power is threatened.
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