Sierra Leone Buries Over 300 Mudslide Victims in Mass Graves

DAKAR, Senegal — With some 400 bodies recovered from the mudslides and flood that devastated Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, the dead are being buried in mass graves. The coordinator for...

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...

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 52 People and Entities for Abuse and Corruption

WASHINGTON — The United States imposed sanctions on 52 people and entities Thursday for alleged human rights violations and corruption, a list that included Maung Maung Soe, a top...

Former Prime Minister Is Elected President of Struggling Somalia

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a former prime minister, was chosen on Wednesday as Somalia’s next president, capping a clan-based electoral process that had been widely criticized as corrupt even by...

U.S. Wary of Its New Neighbor in Djibouti: A Chinese Naval Base

DJIBOUTI — The two countries keep dozens of intercontinental nuclear missiles pointed at each other’s cities. Their frigates and fighter jets occasionally face off in the contested waters of...

‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony

KAMPALA, Uganda — Pain is only the latest woe in John Bizimungu’s life. Rwandan by birth, he has lived here as a refugee since his family was slaughtered in the...

Waiting for New Lives: 2 Refugees’ Long Journeys to the U.S.

Faiz Khalil was a colonel in the Iraqi Army, whose work with the United States military may have provoked the killing of his 8-year-old daughter. Mohamed Sharif was a...

Q. and A.: How Trump’s Revival of an Abortion Ban Will Affect Women in...

This week President Trump revived a ban on providing foreign aid to health providers abroad that offer abortion counseling as part of their family planning services. Caitlin Parks, a...

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species

Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday. Dating back roughly 300,000 years, the bones indicate that mankind evolved earlier than had...

Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4

BAIDOA, Somalia — First the trees dried up and cracked apart. Then the goats keeled over. Then the water in the village well began to disappear, turning cloudy, then red, then...