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Restrictive governments in Africa are limiting web access more often precisely because internet use is booming. But that means blackouts bring more unintended consequences, too.
After past terror attacks claimed by Al Shabab, which is based in Somalia, Somalians in Kenya endured harassment. Today, some community leaders hope campaigns to bridge those divides are paying off.
President Omar al-Bashir’s government has been rocked by weeks of protests. His regime, once treated like a pariah state, has become an important Western partner on anti-terrorism efforts and migration.
Kenyan security forces gave the all clear a day after Somali terrorist group Al Shabab killed 14 people in a raid on a luxury hotel in the Westlands neighborhood, the latest attack in a bloody six-year campaign against the Kenyan government that has left hundreds of Kenyans dead.
The International Criminal Court has acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo of war crimes, sparking speculation that the controversial politician might return to the country and enter the 2020 presidential race.
The Somalia-based Islamic extremist group Al Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack on a luxury hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday. The same group carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack.
Following a fragile peace deal signed in September 2018 that ended five years of civil war, South Sudan's formerly warring parties work to reconcile, even as bouts of violence undermine diplomatic efforts and displaced residents remain wary of returning home.
To two longtime Monitor correspondents on assignment, a step into the Sahara meant adventure. But to others, it can mean life and livelihood. To still others, it represents peril.
Monitor writer Ryan Brown shares the story-behind-a-story of the "Unlikely Marathoner," a woman whose courage and generosity help the back of the pack finish South Africa's famous 56-mile Comrades Marathon. One in a series of monthly profiles of Monitor journalists and their most notable stories.
Often, religion can divide when it comes to policies like contraception. But in Rwanda, both sides have found a compromise even as their faith has led them in different directions.
Three years after John Magufuli took office, activists and analysts say space for civil society and the opposition is shrinking rapidly.
A long-delayed presidential election in Congo could lead to the country’s first peaceful, democratic transition of power. But on Thursday, officials delayed it yet again, casting further doubt on the integrity of a vote that has already seen violence and allegations of rigging.
Most refugees actually flee to the country next door. But those countries often are not wealthy – so even if they initially welcome refugees, the rest of the world has a role to play, too. Part 11 of On the Move: the faces, places, and politics of migration.
As a peace deal signed in September has held, South Sudanese who couldn't imagine having long-term plans six months ago are now imagining a life without war. Military checkpoints have been removed and Bentiu's opposition governor is expected to return for good.
The tight-knit relationships of small communities can be difficult for people who feel they don’t fit in. But those same relationships can be the building blocks of acceptance, too.
Thousands of Gambians take the infamous “back way” toward Europe each year. But others search for a legal route, hoping they can cross the world “by love or luck or sheer ambition,” Ryan Lenora Brown writes.
After opening a regional office in South Africa eight years ago, the National Basketball Association is looking to continue engaging with Africa by training promising young people in academies, establishing a pan-African league, and hosting games in Africa.
Kenya's 2010 constitution states that no more than two-thirds of any elected body can be of the same gender, but women hold only 22 percent of seats in the lower house of parliament. To avoid a constitutional crisis, Kenya's lower house is expected to vote on a bill reinforcing the rule Nov. 28.
Would better opportunities at home persuade would-be migrants to stay put? The European Union is pouring hundreds of millions of euros into an experiment in Gambia to find out.
This short piece about our reporter's experience while on assignment in Niger links to Part 7 of our migration series, which you can find here. You can find all the stories in the series here.
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