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Kenyan Vice President Candidate Debates Himself After Rivals’ No-Show

Kenyan Vice President Candidate Debates Himself After Rivals’ No-Show

Kenyans hoping to watch a televised debate between vice-presidential candidates in next month’s election were left disappointed on Monday when only one of six meant to be on stage was left fielding questions alone for an hour. Surrounded by five empty podiums, Eliud Muthiora Kariara, a former banker turned running mate to independent presidential candidate […]

Presidential Contender in Rwanda Sees Intimidation as Test

Presidential Contender in Rwanda Sees Intimidation as Test

The last time Rwanda held presidential elections, opposition leader Frank Habineza’s deputy was killed and he fled into European exile. Seven years on, he sees his candidacy in next month’s vote as a cautious step toward greater political freedoms in the tiny East African country. The Aug. 4 election will be the first time Habineza, […]

‘Blind’ Preparations Seen Stoking Risk of Kenyan Election Unrest

‘Blind’ Preparations Seen Stoking Risk of Kenyan Election Unrest

Less than a month before Kenyans are due to go to the polls, electoral authorities are behind on everything from printing ballot papers to finalizing a voter list. That risks a disputed outcome and unrest a decade after post-election violence engulfed the East African nation. While the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission says the vote […]

Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to hold talks with Qatar’s emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Gulf to help seek a resolution to the ongoing GCC crisis. The US State Department said Tillerson would meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at 8:30 […]

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is seeking re-election amid a climate of fear that’s the result of two decades of crackdowns on the political opposition, media and human-rights defenders, Amnesty International said. A report from the London-based group released Friday said freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly have all been restricted since the Rwandan Patriotic […]

ANC Seeks Policy Middle Ground in South Africa, Top Leader Says

ANC Seeks Policy Middle Ground in South Africa, Top Leader Says

ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize , South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will come up with a comprehensive policy package to simultaneously boost growth, address racial inequality and tackle a 28 percent unemployment rate, a top party official said. The ANC is looking at “how you get growth, how you get job creation and how you deal […]

Hunger Used as a Weapon of War in South Sudan, Amnesty Says

Hunger Used as a Weapon of War in South Sudan, Amnesty Says

South Sudanese government forces and rebels have used hunger as a weapon of war in a region once seen as the country’s breadbasket that’s been ravaged by killings, gang-rapes and looting over the past year, Amnesty International said. Civilians’ access to food in the southern region of Equatoria, where conflict spread last July, is “severely […]

Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting and scandal are threatening the stranglehold South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has held on power since the end of apartheid. The parlous state of Africa’s oldest political movement, once revered for its role in ending white-minority rule, was laid bare in a report presented by its secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, at a party policy […]

Trump Immigration Ban Meets Law of Unintended Consequences

Trump Immigration Ban Meets Law of Unintended Consequences

President Donald Trump says his travel restrictions are aimed at keeping the U.S. safe from radical Islamic terrorism, while critics accuse him of imposing a Muslim ban. Whatever the short-term executive order accomplishes, following multiple revisions and months of court challenges, its impact on immigration policy and practices will be felt for years to come. Some […]

Zuma Lashes Out at Critics Within South Africa’s Ruling Party

Zuma Lashes Out at Critics Within South Africa’s Ruling Party

“Factionalism is a cancer that must be rooted out,” Zuma, 75, said Friday in his opening address to a six-day ANC conference in Johannesburg that will discuss issues ranging from land reform and ownership of the country’s mines to corruption. “We also need to look at the issue of ill-discipline in various forms, including public utterances […]