Tag: africa

Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Some honors come too late; others too early. Others still risk scuttling the efforts they are rewarding. Last week Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for, the Nobel committee said, “his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea” and starting “important reforms that give many citizens […]

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Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

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U.N. Report Bolsters Theory That Hammarskjold Plane Was Downed

A prominent jurist investigating the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed the United Nations secretary general, Dag Hammarskjold, in southern Africa has concluded that the aircraft may have been attacked, and that four nations — Britain, Russia, South Africa and the United States — may be withholding information that could solve the puzzle. The jurist, […]

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Pope Francis May Not Change the World. But He Is Reshaping the Church.

ROME — Pope Francis and his push for openness — toward migrants, Muslims and gay people — may no longer have influence on a global stage where nationalists, populists and the far right dominate the political conversation. But inside the church is another story. In a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, Francis will […]

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Extreme Heat, Flooding and Public Health Issues: How Climate Change Is an Existential Threat to Black People

A WordWe’d like to have A Word with you. In The Root’s op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about. We should all be pretty familiar with the term “climate change” by now. But knowing buzzwords isn’t the same as understanding how the phenomenon […]

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Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Former President of Tunisia, Dies at 83

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s former autocratic president whose extravagant life and oppressive rule inspired the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, died on Thursday in exile in Saudi Arabia, the Tunisian state news agency reported. He was 83. The death of Mr. Ben Ali came just days after Tunisians voted in national elections, a new milestone […]

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Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States. Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of […]

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Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a Lot of Hope (and a Bit of Whiskey)

Jane Goodall nursed a glass of neat Irish whiskey. It was the end of a long day of public appearances, and her voice was giving out. That’s what Ms. Goodall does these days. She talks. To anyone who will listen. To children, chief executives and politicians. Her message is always the same: The forests are […]

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Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity’s Ancestor, on a Computer

A single new fossil can change the way we think about human origins, but discovering it — deep in a cave or buried in rock — remains a daunting struggle for hammer-wielding paleoanthropologists. “It can take years and luck to find the right one,” said Aurélien Mounier, a paleoanthropologist at the French National Museum of […]

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For Pope Francis, a Perfect Moment for an Unsettling Warning on the Environment

AMBATOMIRAHAVAVY, Madagascar — In a nature reserve on the banks of the clay-colored Katsaoka River, an eight-week-old crowned sifaka clung to its mother’s back as she leapt across tree branches. Nearby, other lemur species combed their young’s backs, nibbled on leaves or lounged in the sun. Some had white fur, or brown patches, or tails […]

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Robert Mugabe, Former President of Zimbabwe, Dead at 95

Photo: Kevin Hagen (Getty Images) Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the former Zimbabwean president whose promising emergence eventually steered his country into economic collapse, has died at the age of 95. The Washington Post reports that Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s current president, announced Mugabe’s passing on Twitter: “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing […]

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‘We Have Moved On Without Him’: Robert Mugabe’s Star Had Faded in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe — For years, the eventual death of Robert Mugabe, the leader who held Zimbabwe in his grip for decades after its independence in 1980, had obsessed his countrymen. As he pushed into his 90s — growing visibly frailer by the week, stumbling ever more frequently at public events, his once eloquent speech becoming […]

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Robert Mugabe, Strongman Who Cried, ‘Zimbabwe Is Mine,’ Dies at 95

Robert Mugabe, the first prime minister and later president of independent Zimbabwe, who traded the mantle of liberator for the armor of a tyrant and presided over the decline of one of Africa’s most prosperous lands, died on Friday. He was 95. The death was announced by his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa. “It is with […]

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South African Riots Over ‘Xenophobia’ Prompt Backlash Across Africa

DAKAR, Senegal — Pop stars have announced a boycott. Air Tanzania has suspended flights to Johannesburg. Madagascar and Zambia are refusing to send their soccer teams. Nigeria has recalled its ambassador and pulled out of a major economic forum. South Africa is facing a backlash after rioters in and around Johannesburg targeted immigrants from other […]

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Pope Francis in Africa: Peace and Reconciliation Is the Focus in Mozambique

ImageOn Thursday, Pope Francis met with bishops, priests and seminarians at the Animators Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Maputo, Mozambique.CreditTiziana Fabi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images MAPUTO, Mozambique — Pope Francis began his first full day in Mozambique on Thursday — his 31st trip abroad and his return to sub-Saharan Africa — with a visit […]

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Now Streaming on YouTube: Confessions From a Presidential Hit Squad in Gambia

SEREKUNDA, Gambia — The day Malick Jatta confessed to shooting one of Gambia’s best-known journalists, he wore the camouflage uniform of the armed forces and said the kill order came right from the former president. The testimony was streamed live, and tens of thousands watched. “I’m sorry,” he said. Then he hung his head. Gambia, […]

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Jidenna’s 85 to Africa Is a Musical Road Trip Worth Taking

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) While August 23, 2019, probably won’t be revered in modern black music release history the same way that September 29, 1998, is—the day that Outkast’s Aquemini, Jay-Z’s Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life, A Tribe Called Quest’s The Love Movement, Black Star’s Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and […]

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Steve Harvey’s Bringing His Shtick to Africa, Y’all!

Photo: Cindy Ord/ (Getty Images for SteveHarveyDeals) Steve Harvey has landed a major deal to bring his popular Family Feud to Africa. According to Shadow and Act, Harvey’s Steve Harvey Global has won the licensing rights to Fremantle’s syndicated game show for airing in Ghana and South Africa. As Deadline explains: In an unprecedented deal with Fremantle, […]

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The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia: A World of Fire

By Kendra Pierre-Louis Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. In South America, the Amazon basin is ablaze. Halfway around the world in central Africa, vast stretches of savanna are going up in flame. Arctic regions in Siberia are burning at a historic pace. While the Brazilian […]

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