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...

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...

‘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...

Oscar Pistorius’s Murder Sentence Is Increased to 15 Years

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday more than doubled the sentence imposed by a lower court on Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic sprinter convicted of shooting and...

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...

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...

Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda

Medical detectives in western Uganda recently discovered that the wrong culprit had been blamed for an outbreak of crippling elephantiasis — legs so swollen that they resemble those of...

Tracking the Elusive Whale Shark

They’re the largest fish in the sea, lumbering quietly in open ocean waters where little has been known about them. The bus-sized whale sharks — docile creatures with a gaping...

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,...

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...