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Kenyan police called a suspected serial child killer a ‘vampire.’ A mob beat him to death after his escape.

Authorities said Masten Wanjala, whose alleged acts were splashed across Kenyan newspaper front pages, had confessed to the homicides of at least 10 children.
  • Oct 16, 2021

U.N. court rules in favor of Somalia over Kenya in long-running maritime dispute

The ruling could worsen the already fragile relationship between the two countries.
  • Oct 13, 2021

Ethiopian government launches ‘staggering’ new offensive against rebel Tigray forces, group says

The fighting is an escalation in the year-old civil war that threatens hundreds of thousands of people in the country with famine.
  • Oct 11, 2021

Ethiopia expels U.N. officials amid signs of famine in the Tigray region

The order came after the United Nations blamed the worsening humanitarian crisis in Tigray on Ethiopia’s government and urged it to step up aid deliveries to the region.
  • Oct 1, 2021

A lack of weather data in Africa is thwarting critical climate research

A possible solution can be found at a girls' school in Kenya.
  • Sep 24, 2021

Sudanese authorities say military coup by remnants of past regime thwarted

People involved in the coup were arrested, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.
  • Sep 21, 2021

‘Hotel Rwanda’ inspiration Paul Rusesabagina sentenced to 25 years in prison for terrorism-related charges

Rusesabagina's supporters have criticized the trial as unfair and not following international standards of due process.
  • Sep 20, 2021

How an intelligence officer’s disappearance in Somalia has ripped the government apart

The political battles risk turning into a security one and could strengthen the hand of al-Shabab militants.
  • Sep 18, 2021
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As covid-19 patients fill hospitals, health-care workers fight fear and exhaustion: ‘Here we go again’

As the third surge of the coronavirus pandemic continues in the DMV, packing hospitals with mostly unvaccinated patients, health care workers on the front lines are exhausted. In some ways, this phase has been the hardest yet. Earlier this summer, it looked like the widespread availability of vaccines might mean the pandemic was behind them. Now, those on health care’s front lines say they're baffled that after so much pain and death, there is still even a debate over whether to get vaccinated or wear a mask in public. Here are some of their stories.
  • Sep 18, 2021

After initially denying responsibility, Nigeria’s air force admits to strike in area where civilians were reported killed

At least 10 civilians were killed in a village in northeast Nigeria, according to local reports.
  • Sep 16, 2021