Stories tagged: Africa
UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key US base
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, …
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group
Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday.
Wed., April 12, 2017, 5:11 a.m.
‘Sliding into catastrophe’: South Sudan famine could spread
Two months after the world’s youngest nation declared a famine amid its civil war, hunger has become more widespread than expected, aid workers say.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 1:01 p.m.
Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid
The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten …
Sun., March 26, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera
The cholera epidemic is most prevalent among women and children. Cholera outbreaks often occur in refugee camps due to overcrowding and poor sanitation. Water scarcity also remains a major problem …
Sun., March 26, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Two for the Road: Couple explores Tanzania parks in rental camping Rover
“The large male elephant looked up and stared directly into the front window, giving me that piercing stink-eye look that says, get out of my way,” said Bill Pierce, recalling …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 5:14 p.m.
Uganda at ‘breaking point’ as South Sudan refugees pour in
Uganda is at a “breaking point” as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief and Uganda’s government said Thursday, calling for …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 7:46 a.m.
African governments urged to spend more on clean water
Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their …
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
New security measure could cause travelers to reroute trips
A new security measure banning many electronic devices on flights from 10 mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to reconsider their plans to fly through some airports in the Middle …
Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
Hospital takes on rare surgery to help baby born with four legs
Advocate Children’s Hospital surgeons have successfully operated on a baby from Africa who was born with two spines and an extra set of legs protruding from her neck.
UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:32 p.m.
Drought in Somalia exacts heavy toll on herders
Ahmed Haji turns from his visibly dehydrated animals and whispers: “I am lost.” Trying to flee the worsening drought, he trekked thousands of kilometers with a herd that once numbered …
UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 8:17 p.m.
UN report shows North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions
North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen …
Sat., March 4, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
Mining workers from France, Tanzania kidnapped in Congo
Five workers have been kidnapped from a gold mine in eastern Congo, including ones from France and Tanzania, and rebels are demanding $1 million in ransom, a local official said …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 12:07 p.m.
These elephants sleep only two hours a day, and scientists have no clue how they do it
Parents of infants, college students during finals season and the White House press corps should stand back in awe. A new champion non-sleeper has been crowned: Loxodontaafricana, the African elephant.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5 p.m.
Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine
Her eyes glued to the feeble movements of her malnourished baby with protruding ribs and sunken eyes, Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim struggled to hold back her tears in the stifling and …
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 5:14 a.m.
Analysis: The world is ignoring an ‘unprecedented’ starvation crisis
The world is in the grip of an astonishing and acute crisis: More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen face starvation in the next …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 5:28 a.m.
20 million going hungry in 4 nations; $4.4B needed soon, U.N. says
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of next month to prevent “a catastrophe” of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:39 a.m.
Armyworm invasion threatening southern Africa’s crops
An invasion of armyworms is stripping southern Africa of key food crops and could spread to other parts of the continent, experts warned Tuesday at an emergency meeting of 16 …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
UN: Number of Burundian refugees to reach 500,000 this year
The number of Burundians fleeing political violence is expected to reach 500,000 this year, and the United Nations is seeking more land for refugee camps in neighboring countries, the U.N. …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 8 a.m.
Trade in African lion bones for Asian market faces scrutiny
Wildlife traffickers in a major African park have been offering rewards for a full lion carcass, raising concerns that poachers are increasingly targeting a vulnerable species because of demand in …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Gambia’s defeated president finally agrees to step down
More than 22 years after taking power and a month after a shocking election defeat, Gambia’s president agreed to step down Saturday morning.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Defeated dictator clings to power in Gambia
Yahya Jammeh has ruled a tiny slice of West Africa for 22 years, but his refusal to step down Wednesday after his defeat in last month’s elections in Gambia has …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 7 p.m.
CdA-based New Covenant Missions creating churches in Africa to act as home bases for mission work
For New Covenant Missions executive director Erik Laursen, overseeing 150 churches in Ethiopia and traveling to Africa six times a year is similar in many ways to the job he …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 1:46 p.m.
Google deal puts Africa on cusp of first smartphone plant
A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and …
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
Nigeria says 21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls freed in swap
Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago were freed Thursday in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group – the …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 6:31 p.m.
Donors pledge $163 million for victims of Boko Haram
International donors pledged over $160 million for life-saving support for millions of people in west Africa whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram …
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 10:06 p.m.
Zinke misstates rate of terrorist attacks by children
HELENA – U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke has wrongly stated in two debates this week that 80 percent of terrorist attacks in a Central African conflict are carried out by children, …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Elephant population in Africa plunges due to poaching, census finds
JOHANNESBURG – Africa’s elephant population is decreasing dramatically due to poaching, plunging by more than 140,000 between 2007 and 2014, according to a study published Wednesday. The Great Elephant Census …
Mon., July 4, 2016, 9:20 p.m.
In yellow fever outbreak, WHO plans smaller doses to stretch limited vaccine supply
Faced with the worst yellow fever outbreak in parts of Africa in decades and running low on vaccine, the World Health Organization plans to use only fractional doses of the …
Fri., July 1, 2016, 12:14 p.m.
U.S.: Up to 116 civilians killed in drone, other air attacks
The White House said Friday that as many as 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took …