ISIS Affiliate Claims October Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger

A group in northwestern Africa that is loyal to the Islamic State issued a statement on Friday claiming responsibility for the October attack in Niger that killed four American...

In Niger, Where U.S. Troops Died, a Lawless and Shifting Landscape

DAKAR, Senegal — When United States forces set out on what was ultimately a deadly joint patrol with Nigerien soldiers this month, they were entering terrain crisscrossed by criminal...

Trump Administration to Lift Ban on ‘Trophy’ Elephant Imports

The Trump administration will begin allowing hunters to bring into the United States “trophy” elephants killed in Zimbabwe, reversing a 2014 ban on a practice that has received intense...

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe Ex-Deputy, to Be Sworn In as Zimbabwe’s President

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Emmerson Mnangagwa, the military-backed politician whose allies ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule over Zimbabwe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the speaker...

Swaziland’s King Wants His Country to Be Called eSwatini

A landlocked, rural nation in southern Africa, Swaziland has significant problems. Nearly a third of the country’s population lives in extreme poverty, and about as many are infected with...

Fleeing Hardship, Then Pushed Into Sea, They Landed in a Country at War

KHOUBIA, Yemen — For more than 24 hours, they were forced to sit on the floor of a plastic boat as it lurched across the sea, forbidden to get...

She Ran From the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too

LENKISEM, Kenya — The first time cutting season came around, Nice Leng’ete and her older sister ran away and hid all night in a tree. The second time, her...

Liberian Runoff Could Mark First Peaceful Transition of Power Since 1944

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia has not witnessed a peaceful transition of power since 1944, and the fate of past presidents — since 1971, four of them have either died...

Boko Haram Returns Dozens of Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria

DAKAR, Senegal — Dozens of schoolgirls from the northern Nigerian community of Dapchi were returned early Wednesday morning, dropped off by the same Boko Haram militants who kidnapped them...

Nigeria’s President Returns Home, With His Health Still a Mystery

LONDON — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria returned home on Friday after spending seven weeks in Britain on a vacation that turned into an extended medical leave, with questions...