South Africa’s Currency Tumbles After Finance Minister Is Fired

LONDON — The abrupt firing of South Africa’s finance minister sent the country’s currency tumbling on Friday, deepening a split within the governing African National Congress and raising new...

Short on Space for Migrants, Spain Sent Them to a Town’s New Prison

ARCHIDONA, Spain — When the Spanish authorities intercepted about 500 Algerian migrants who had traveled by boat to the southeastern coast of Spain, a space shortage in the country’s...

Bush Steps Back Into Spotlight to Help Africa Fight Epidemics

WINDHOEK, Namibia — In a bleak hospital waiting room, a half-dozen women infected with H.I.V. described how they were able to deliver healthy babies because of drugs purchased with...

High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa

LIWONDE, Malawi — Night has fallen at Liwonde National Park, but the trespassers are clearly visible. Three hundred feet in the air, a thermal camera attached to a BatHawk...

In Long-Isolated Sudan, ‘Lot of Excitement’ as U.S. Sanctions End

NAIROBI, Kenya — Sudan Airways regularly ranks among the worst airlines in the world. The national carrier has only one working plane, and it has suffered so many deadly...

U.N. Peacekeepers Must ‘Not Fear to Use Force’ to Foil Attacks, Report Says

A lack of leadership and a reluctance to move aggressively against potential attackers are responsible for the worst spate of United Nations peacekeeping fatalities in the organization’s history, according...

Why Build Kenya’s First Coal Plant? Hint: Think China

LAMU, Kenya — Across a narrow channel from this historic port town, where baobabs tower over the forest and tiny crabs skitter in and out of the mangroves, Kenya...

Jacob Zuma’s Legacy Is a Weakened South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — When President Jacob Zuma of South Africa resigned on Wednesday, he did not yield to South Africa’s voters, courts or opposition parties, but to his own party,...

After a Volcano’s Ancient Supereruption, Humanity May Have Thrived

Supervolcanoes have the power to cough up enough ash to coat entire continents. They emit waves of hot gas, rocks and ash that flow down their slopes at speeds...

A Soccer Star Caught in Poverty, a Risky Trip, and a Sorrowful End

SEREKUNDA, Gambia — The pregame warm-up for the Red Scorpions, Gambia’s top women’s soccer team, used to begin with joyful singing and dancing. But now the players in their...