Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela’s legacy

JOHANNESBURG –  In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader’s example… Continue Reading

UN votes to cut UN-AU force in Sudan’s Darfur region in half

UNITED NATIONS –  The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday that will dramatically cut the United Nations-African Union military force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region by more than half in response to reduced fighting and improved security conditions.… Continue Reading

UN to vote on arms embargo and new sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS –  The Security Council plans to vote Friday on a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against a current deputy defense chief and former army chief. The final draft resolution, obtained Thursday,… Continue Reading

Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain

MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique –  At Mozambique’s Mount Gorongosa — where farmers are being encouraged to grow coffee in the shade of hardwood trees, both to improve their own lot and to restore the forest — there is a point beyond… Continue Reading

Macron parties at Fela Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria –  French President Emmanuel Macron shook up his two-day visit to Nigeria with a stop at the New Afrika Shrine, a concert hall founded by the late music legend Fela Kuti where partying Nigerians gather, though the usual… Continue Reading