Senegal sees opportunity and ‘hypocrisy’ in Europe’s search for gas

As the EU ditches Russian gas over the war in Ukraine, West African nations hope to fill the void.

By Danielle Paquette and Evan HalperMay 13, 2022

Where pregnancy is a deadly gamble

Sierra Leone is one of the riskiest places to have a baby. One teen fears repeating her mother’s story of dying in childbirth.

By Danielle PaquetteMay 6, 2022

The global stakes behind America’s abortion fight

Advocates fear regression on abortion access in the United States would give momentum to illiberal forces elsewhere.

By Ishaan TharoorMay 5, 2022

In shift, South Africans prevail over Big Oil in drilling project

On South Africa’s breathtaking Wild Coast, grass-roots resistance is growing as Shell seeks to conduct seismic tests to map the area’s geology.

By Max Bearak and Steven MufsonApril 26, 2022

Mwai Kibaki, third president of Kenya, dies at 90

After forming a new political party, he was elected in 2002, but his presidency was marred by corruption and violence.

By Matt SchudelApril 22, 2022

South Africa searches for the missing as flood damage comes into focus

The government has lowered the official death toll to 435, but said it could not confirm how many people are still unaccounted for.

By Lesley WroughtonApril 22, 2022

He’s pro-Russian, anti-Zelensky and rallying for Putin in West Africa

The digital diet of a 30-year-old Burkinabe toy seller illustrates how Russia is building the image of a superpower.

By Danielle PaquetteApril 21, 2022

In clash with Russia, U.S. and Europe revive Cold War ‘containment’

Russia was once dismissed as a “regional power" with limited influence and capacity. Now, the White House sees it alongside China as a primary adversary.

By Ishaan TharoorApril 18, 2022

More than 300 people killed in South Africa’s deadliest storm

Some stations reported more than 12 inches of rain in 24 hours, leading to intense flooding and landslides.

By Kasha Patel and Ian LivingstonApril 14, 2022

Europe’s phase-out of Russian energy over the Ukraine crisis could mean opportunity for African countries

Suppliers in Africa’s energy markets are looking to partner with investors in Europe who can no longer rely on Russian natural gas, which has long been their dominant source.

By Lesley WroughtonMarch 20, 2022

U.S. less effective at countering terrorist threats in Afghanistan and Somalia since troop withdrawal, generals warn

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Stephen Townsend, head of U.S. Africa Command, and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, addressed the limitations they face in confronting affiliates of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

By Karoun DemirjianMarch 15, 2022

In open letter on second anniversary of coronavirus pandemic, celebrities, experts and officials say: It isn’t over

More than 130 world leaders, economists, humanitarians, scientists and other prominent figures are calling for an end to vaccine monopolies, urging action to rapidly vaccinate low- and middle-income countries.

By Maite Fernández SimonMarch 10, 2022

U.S. military investigation finds extensive failures before deadly terror attack in Kenya

The Pentagon blamed the fatalities at Manda Bay on militants who staged the attack.

By Karoun DemirjianMarch 10, 2022

Outside the West, Putin is less isolated than you might think

Giants of the Global South — including India, Brazil and South Africa — are hedging their bets while China still publicly backs the Russian president.

By Anthony Faiola and Lesley WroughtonMarch 10, 2022

Russian mercenaries have landed in West Africa, pushing Putin’s goals as Kremlin is increasingly isolated

Hundreds have arrived in Mali since December as more countries are hiring the shadowy military contractors.

By Danielle PaquetteMarch 9, 2022

Tanzania drops terrorism charges against opposition leader, releases him

Mbowe's release came as a surprise and was on the day he was expected to testify before court.

By Rael OmbuorMarch 4, 2022

Paul Farmer, a giant of public health, dies at 62

Dr. Farmer, the subject of Tracy Kidder's book "Mountains Beyond Mountains," devoted his professional life to improving health care in the most destitute corners of the world.

By Emily LangerFebruary 22, 2022

Africa may have been hit harder by covid-19 than anyone knew

Africa has accounted for only a tiny sliver of confirmed cases around the world. But new studies suggest case numbers there may be severely undercounted.

By Adam TaylorFebruary 18, 2022

France announces withdrawal of troops from Mali, reshaping the fight against Islamist extremists in West Africa

The departure raises questions about who will fill the security void as extremist attacks surge in Mali and across West Africa.

By Danielle Paquette and Rick NoackFebruary 17, 2022