Zimbabwe, With Mugabe in Custody, Ventures Into Uncharted Territory

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Feeling their way through uncharted territory after the military placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest, Zimbabweans ventured into streets patrolled by armored vehicles...

The ‘Lion King’ Effect: How a Broadway Smash Changed South African Lives

JOHANNESBURG — Fumane Moeketsi bent her knees into a crouch, threw her hands up in the air, and tore into the opening notes of a musical she has never...

Beyond Boko Haram’s Reach, Love and Feminism Flourish

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram kidnaps young women and girls, turns them into sex slaves and passes them around to its fighters like prizes. It forces them into battle,...

What’s the Cure for Ailing Nations? More Kings and Queens, Monarchists Say

OXFORD, England — From the comfort of his country estate in Oxford, a distant relative of the Russian literary giant Tolstoy says he has the perfect solution for what...

Public Shaming and Even Prison for Plastic Bag Use in Rwanda

GISENYI, Rwanda — They are sometimes tucked into bras, hidden in underwear or coiled tightly around a smuggler’s arms. They’re not narcotics or even the illegally mined gold and diamonds...

Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade

MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media. Daniel Stiles, a self-styled ape trafficking detective in Kenya, had been...

Zimbabwe’s Apparent Coup: What We Know

• Zimbabwe’s military said early Wednesday that it had taken custody of President Robert Mugabe. In a broadcast, an officer declared that the military was “targeting criminals” around the...

For Dignity and Development, East Africa Curbs Used Clothes Imports

KIGALI, Rwanda — In Kenya, they are called the “clothes of dead white people.” In Mozambique, they are the “clothing of calamity.” They are nicknames for the unwanted, used clothing...

‘We Are Everywhere’: How Ethiopia Became a Land of Prying Eyes

FENDIKA, Ethiopia — When he is away from his fields, Takele Alene, a farmer in northern Ethiopia, spends a lot of his time prying into the personal and political...

Conflicting Accounts in Niger Ambush Are Subject of Pentagon Investigation

The Pentagon is trying to determine whether American forces involved in a deadly ambush in Niger this month diverted from their routine patrol to embark on an unapproved mission,...