Since its inception 15 years ago, one of Africa's most prominent literary prizes has been at the center of debate over what constitutes as African literature. The Caine Prize committee announced its 2015 finalists on Tuesday.
Officials marched alongside thousands of South Africans at a protest against anti-foreign attacks on Thursday. The government is trying both persuasion and a heavy hand to stem the violence of recent weeks.
The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it's facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves.
The Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party, is preparing to appoint a leader from among its cast of young black superstars to recast its image with majority black voters. Mmusi Mainame is the frontrunner for the job.
A contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes was removed Thursday after a successful campaign by University of Cape Town students. But questions still remain of how South Africa should remember its checkered history.
A case involving a right-wing singer and a puppet raises the question of how a 'rainbow nation' just two decades removed from a system of rigid segregation balances free speech with a persistent need to heal racial divides.
Burkina Faso has been a key mediator of regional conflicts and a Western partner in fighting terrorism. President Blaise Compaoré was ousted last Friday, and a military junta has assumed power, raising objections from the African Union.
Police said the Palestinian man attempted to assassinate Yehuda Glick, a controversial rabbi who advocates for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews.
Botswana's discovery of its diamond wealth in the 1960s fueled dramatic economic and social gains. Now, the country is hoping to be equally successful in adapting to a near future in which the mines run dry.
The southern African democracy is widely viewed as a post-colonial success story. But as Botswana’s citizens freely cast their votes in today’s presidential election, critics warn incumbent Khama has a darker side.
The tide first began to turn against land mine use in 1997 when 122 countries signed the Mine Ban Treaty, and the number of land-mine casualties has decreased almost every year since then, reaching its lowest recorded point in 2013.
Somalia, Eritrea, and the Central African Republic rank at the bottom of the annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which calculates the health of civil society, security, and economic development.
South African Judge Masipa threw out a murder charge against the star Olympic athlete, but said a 'reasonable person' would have taken steps to avoid what happened as he shot bullets through a bathroom door, killing his girlfriend. Sentencing is mid-October.