A.N.C. Backs Jacob Zuma, Papering Over Divisions in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The African National Congress in South Africa closed ranks on Wednesday behind President Jacob Zuma, who has faced growing criticism and calls for his resignation after firing...

Niger Ambush Suspect May Be in Custody, Officials Say

NIAMEY, Niger — More than six months ago, a group of American soldiers rushed to reach a spot in the scrubland of Niger after intelligence officials intercepted a signal...

Bodies of 2 U.N. Researchers Are Found in a Shallow Grave in Congo

UNITED NATIONS — In a village nestled in clouds in the thickly wooded hills of eastern Congo, Michael Sharp, a slight, bespectacled Mennonite from Kansas, looked perfectly at ease. That...

In Kenya, Selling or Importing Plastic Bags Will Cost You $19,000 — or Jail

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Kenya will now punish with up to four years in jail anyone making, selling or importing plastic bags, putting in place one of the...

Thousands March in South Africa to Demand Jacob Zuma’s Resignation

JOHANNESBURG — In the largest protest in years, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in South Africa’s major cities on Friday to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma...

Kenya’s About-Face: Fear for Democracy as Dissent Is Muzzled

NAIROBI — The most widely watched television stations in Kenya are shuttered, and the government has defied a court order to return them to the air. Opposition politicians are...

Hissène Habré, Ex-Ruler of Chad, Loses War Crimes Appeal

DAKAR, Senegal — A court in Senegal on Thursday upheld the war crimes conviction of Hissène Habré, the former leader of a murderous regime in Chad, keeping in place...

Assassination in Burundi Brings a Vow of Vengeance

LONDON — Burundi’s environment minister was shot to death while en route home from a New Year’s celebration early Sunday morning, an act that could exacerbate the country’s nearly...

Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically

WASHINGTON — The United States’ ambassador to Panama resigned. The top envoy to Pakistan was scolded by the government in Islamabad. And American diplomats across Africa have been made...

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...