Latest from Max Bearak

A packed funeral, a rollicking bullfight and a message for Kenya’s police: ‘Corona can’t stop culture’

The coronavirus hasn’t swept through Kenya as it has other parts of the world. The government has done little to prepare for the possibility of a major surge.
  • Jun 13, 2021

Germany acknowledges colonial genocide in Namibia and promises development projects

Germany’s government acknowledged that it committed genocide during its colonial occupation of what is now Namibia and promised more than $1 billion in development projects in communities descended from victims.
  • May 28, 2021

Somalia averts crisis as leaders agree to hold delayed elections within months

Elections in Somalia are seen as key to cementing the stability of a government in Mogadishu that has only recently taken root after more than three decades of civil warfare.
  • May 27, 2021

Macron acknowledges some French responsibility in Rwandan genocide and asks forgiveness

Thursday’s speech by the French leader could mark a watershed moment in relations between the two countries.
  • May 27, 2021

Congo’s Nyiragongo volcano erupts, causing thousands to flee; at least 15 dead

The volcano in central Africa devastated the city of Goma in 2002, leaving by some counts hundreds dead and more than 100,000 homeless.
  • May 23, 2021

With an eye on India, Africa ramps up monitoring of coronavirus variants

If variants in Africa go unmonitored, "eventually, the world could be back to square one," said one researcher.
  • May 9, 2021

Hopes surge for boosted vaccine supply after U.S. voices support for waiving patents, even as uncertainty remains

The United States announced support for a short-term waiver, infusing hope into global health efforts to ramp up coronavirus vaccine production.
  • May 6, 2021

Chad President Idriss Déby dies fighting rebels after three decades in power, military says

Déby, a close Western ally, had just won his sixth term in office running largely unopposed.
  • Apr 20, 2021

Massacres threaten to engulf Darfur, where revenge has substituted for justice

The past two years have seen a whirlwind of change in Sudan, but the country has not reckoned with the causes of the war.
  • Apr 20, 2021

Tanzania’s new leader acknowledged the pandemic and promised more civil rights. Critics are unconvinced.

Expectations are high for Suluhu to reverse course on Magufuli’s health policies, which led to threats of isolation from the international community.
  • Apr 7, 2021