Category Archives: Africa

Kenyans Vote in Presidential Election, Amid Fears of Violence

KISUMU, Kenya — Millions of Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday to vote for a new president, the culmination of a campaign dominated by concerns about the potential for vote-rigging and fears that the country will be plunged into ...

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Global Health: Rapid Malaria Tests Work, but With Unexpected Drawbacks

Global Health By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Rapid diagnostic tests have greatly improved malaria treatment in the last decade, but they also had some unexpected bad consequences, a large new study has found. As hoped, the tests — which use ...

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Obama Weighs In on Kenyan Election, Urging Calm

Former President Barack Obama, emerging from partial seclusion more than six months after leaving office, weighed in on Monday about the tense political situation — not in the United States, but in his father’s home country, Kenya. Mr. Obama, who ...

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Zuma to Face No-Confidence Vote, This Time by Secret Ballot

CAPE TOWN — Over his eight increasingly embattled years in power, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has fended off five parliamentary no-confidence motions that would have forced him from office. On Tuesday, he is to face another, with a ...

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As Kenya’s Vote Nears, Fear That ‘Fake News’ May Fuel Real Bloodshed

ELDORET, Kenya — Fake news. Odd plot twists. Tit-for-tat accusations. One candidate calling another “crooked.” Those political phenomena, familiar to voters in the United States and Europe, have surfaced in Kenya ahead of a tightly contested presidential election on Tuesday. ...

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In Rwanda President’s Lopsided Re-election, Foes See Oppression

KIGALI, Rwanda — The re-election of Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s longtime president, had never been in question. But opponents and rights advocates say his nearly 99 percent margin of victory reflects what they call an oppressive political environment that stifles dissent ...

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Rwanda Votes, With Only One Likely Winner

NAIROBI, Kenya — Rwandans went to the polls on Friday in an election that was widely expected to extend the long rule of President Paul Kagame, who has guided the country with a steady hand following a genocide two decades ...

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South African Held by Al Qaeda in Mali Is Freed After 5 Years

A South African tourist who was abducted nearly six years ago from an inn in Timbuktu, Mali, by the North African branch of Al Qaeda has been freed, officials said on Thursday. The tourist, Stephen Malcolm McGown, 42, was the ...

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Tunisia Takes a Big Step to Protect Women From Abuse

TUNIS — Tunisia has long been regarded as a pioneer for women’s rights in the Arab world, but the day-to-day life of many Tunisian women is still one of abuse and harassment. So when Parliament passed a measure last week ...

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Kenyan Election Official Is Killed on Eve of Vote

NAIROBI — A senior election official in Kenya was found dead Monday, intensifying anxiety over whether the country can hold a fair and peaceful vote next week in a tightly contested presidential election. Christopher Chege Musando, a senior manager in ...

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