Ethiopia Pips Ghana as Fastest-Growing Africa Economy for IMF

Ethiopia Pips Ghana as Fastest-Growing Africa Economy for IMF

Ghana has lost its mantle as the African economy likely to grow the quickest this year to Ethiopia, which has held the position for most of the past decade, International Monetary Fund data showed. West Africa’s second-biggest economy should expand 6.3 percent this year, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook released Tuesday. That’s […]

$21 Million in Assets Seized in South African Corruption Inquiry

$21 Million in Assets Seized in South African Corruption Inquiry

Photo Members of the South African Asset Forfeiture Unit and other law enforcement agencies arriving to search the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg on Monday. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images JOHANNESBURG — Law enforcement officials raided the compound of a family close to former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Monday as part […]

Africa holds EU climate agenda ransom

Africa holds EU climate agenda ransom

As a tough year of talks begins, the EU is searching for allies in a fight with China over the rules of the Paris Agreement, but Africa’s help will come at a cost As Europe tries to bend the world to its view of how the Paris climate deal should work, it will need the […]

Israel to release 207 asylum seekers from Africa

Israel to release 207 asylum seekers from Africa

Israel on Sunday plans to release 207 African migrants seeking asylum, while attempting to finalise a deportation plan. The Population Immigration and Border Authority in a statement said that the Eritrean and Sudanese detainees will be released throughout the day from Saharonim Prison in Israel’s Negev region. Israel said it is “highly probable” a deal […]

South Africans mourn Winnie Mandela in a massive funeral

South Africans mourn Winnie Mandela in a massive funeral

Crowds packed Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg’s Soweto township for the funeral following a private service at the home of Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, who served as South Africa’s President after fighting for decades to deliver the nation from apartheid. Mourners followed her coffin in procession into the stadium, where the […]

'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tens of thousands of people sang, cheered and cried as the flag-draped casket of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was escorted from her official funeral on Saturday, after supporters defended her complex legacy with poetry and anger. Thunder rumbled and it began to rain as the casket left the 40,000-seat stadium — a […]

South Africa Mourns Winnie Mandela

South Africa Mourns Winnie Mandela

Mourners attend a memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, South Africa April 11, 2018. © 2018 Reuters South Africans will gather tomorrow for the burial of Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela, an icon of the anti-apartheid struggle known by millions as the “Mother of the Nation.” Winnie Mandela, who died on […]

The Divided Sensibility of “Bye Bye Africa”

The Divided Sensibility of “Bye Bye Africa”

The Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is the subject of a welcome retrospective at BAM, April 20-25. It features the U.S. première of his new film, “A Season in France,” in which Haroun, who has been living in France since 1982, bitterly confronts the shame and the scandal of that country’s xenophobic rejection of recent African […]

Amnesty Sees Progress Against Death Penalty in Africa

Amnesty Sees Progress Against Death Penalty in Africa

DAKAR —  A new report from rights group Amnesty International spotlights sub-Saharan Africa as a “beacon of hope” in the fight to abolish the death penalty as the number of state-sanctioned executions and death sentences dropped around the globe in 2017. “I feel like there’s a momentum in sub-Saharan Africa and that’s partly because of […]

Global executions down; sub-Saharan Africa 'beacon of hope'

Global executions down; sub-Saharan Africa 'beacon of hope'

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new annual report on the death penalty calls sub-Saharan Africa a “beacon of hope” amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International says in the report released early Thursday. Just two countries in the region, Somalia and […]