Nigeria's presidential race kicked off unofficially this week, with the entry of former president and military ruler Ibrahim Babangida and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar (both Muslims from the north) announcing their intent to run. Will incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian, enter the fray?
An ongoing national South Africa strike by government workers was calmer on Friday, after violent protests flared earlier in the week. Many schools remain closed and some hospitals are turning patients away.
The United States has joined those questioning proposed changes to South Africa's media laws, including a media tribunal and information bill that critics call 'draconian.'
More than 1.3 million government nurses, teachers, and office workers went on strike in South Africa on Wednesday, pushing for higher wages.
Cement may lack the luster of diamonds or the geopolitics of oil, but it forms the foundation of what might be Africa’s industrial big bang. Now China is moving in, undercutting African producers.
The US-based Rapaport Diamond Trading Network announced a Zimbabwe diamond ban Monday, but will it have the desired effect of preventing child labor and forced labor?
One day after the Rapaport Diamond Trading Network announced a ban on some Zimbabwe diamonds, Zimbabwe's Minister of Mines, Obert Mpofu told the Monitor that the country will just sell the diamonds in Asia.
The African National Congress (ANC) is proposing a bill that South African media say would take the country back to apartheid-era practices, restricting their ability to investigate government practices and look into cases of incompetence or corruption.
Nigeria's 2011 presidential race is squaring former president Ibrahim Babangida and former vice president Atiku Abubakar – both Muslims from the north – against incumbent Goodluck Jonathan from the Christian south.
Ahead of the historic Aug. 4 Kenya referendum, observers warned of a recurrence of the ethnic violence that killed more than 1,300 after the 2007 presidential vote. But key groups helped make sure that did not happen.
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted more than 697 children over the past 18 months and killed an estimated 2,500 people, according to new reports from rights monitors.
Some African countries say the path to success lies in putting oil revenues into sovereign wealth funds that operate outside public scrutiny.
Rwanda election winner Paul Kagame has expressed doubts about the wisdom of importing democracy, favoring a government similar to Singapore, where authoritarian rule oversaw steep economic growth.
The streets were quiet after a Rwanda grenade attack in the capital, Kigali, on Wednesday evening. But the flurry of text messages belies the outward calm.
Two days after President Paul Kagame won a smooth Rwanda election, a grenade attack rocked the capital, Kigali. Such incidents demonstrate the need for Mr. Kagame's authoritarian style, say his supporters.
Ghana will soon announce whether China oil company CNOOC or oil giant Exxon Mobil won the bidding war for rights to tap its offshore oil. The answer will show how great a player China has become in Africa.
Preliminary results show that President Paul Kagame is likely to win more than 90 percent of the vote.
Preliminary results show that President Paul Kagame won Monday's Rwanda election with more then 90 percent of the vote, but critics charge that opposition contenders were unfairly prevented from running.
President Paul Kagame's international image has morphed in recent months from model, pro-business African leader to iron-fisted strongman. But his tight control on dissent is nothing new.
President Paul Kagame says he will accept defeat in today's Rwanda election, but with the strongest opposition candidates barred from running, he is expected to win in a landslide.