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African rainforests need our attention more than ever

Around 2 million km² of Africa is covered by tropical rainforests. They are second only in extent to those in Amazonia, which cover around...

South Africa begins investigation into peacekeeper sex abuse in Congo

A team of investigators have arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to investigate allegations made against two South African soldiers in the...

Still no peace in the CAR, a year after election

It has been a year since Faustin Archange Touadera was elected president of the Central African Republic (CAR) after the civil war and violence...

#HandsOnSocialMedia: Five times African governments shut down the internet

When State Security Minister David Mahlobo announced that government is proposing to regulate social media, tweeps got #HandsOffSocialMedia trending. #HandsOffSocialMedia in a nutshell. pic.twitter.com/I4qwFUphGX — TweetGuru...

Five African animals you may not know are endangered

Back in 2013, the UN declared 3 March to be World Wildlife Day. The day is about celebrating wildlife and raising awareness about endangered...

A letter from Zimbabwe after Bob’s birthday bash

Ever since I was young, I’d always wanted to attend one of President Robert Mugabe’s birthday parties. At school, the headmaster would call out...

Remembering Robert Sobukwe 39 years on, in his own words

February 27 marks 39 years since radical revolutionary, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe, passed. He is most known for being a prominent South African...

Malawian fishers are killing their livelihood with mosquito nets

Malaria remains a leading killer disease in Southern Africa, with Malawi having one of the highest prevalence rates at 33%, according to the Malaria...

An ancient remnant from a lost continent has been found, and...

Scientists have evidence that confirms the existence of a “lost continent” in the Indian Ocean, beneath the island of Mauritius. A piece of lava-covered...

Is it over for Africa in the ICC?

Following on from South Africa, Burundi, and The Gambia’s withdrawals from the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, there is talk about African states...

How Trump’s #MuslimBan affected one Sudanese PhD student

On 28 January 2017, US president Donald Trump issued an executive order, which restricts immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, suspends the US refugee programme...

We have a new AU Commission chair, but does it matter...

The African Union (AU) Commission’s new chairperson has been decided: Chad’s Maki Mahamat. The elections happened at an interesting time, especially with all the...

LGBT Malawians face discrimination and hostility when seeking healthcare

Dressed in a red checked shirt and a pair of camouflage shorts, sporting his signature mohawk hairdo, 18-year-old *Precious is already seated in the...

Understanding the political – and name – situation in The Gambia

This past week, the international community stood astonished as Donald Trump was officially inaugurated as US president, while the same country that elected him...

The Gambia descends into further political unrest

Just one day before The Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow is set to take over from outgoing president Yahya Jammeh, the latter has declared a...

You need to get your hands on these comics that tell...

Comics haven’t always been the best at telling complex stories with diverse characters. For example, when Black Panther came onto the scene back in...

Oh, the places you can go as a South African with...

We're used to visas being stickers in your passport that you get after you've sent it away to an embassy for a bit, or...

Does the rest of Africa feel as removed from the ICC...

The trial of former Ivory Coast president, Laurent Gbagbo is currently underway at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Rumana Akoob reflects on the day...

From witnessing conflict to being the first African female judge at...

Africans need to be involved in courts - says Julia Sebutinde, the first African female judge in the United Nations’ International Court of Justice....

What you need to know about the brand new “African passport”

The passports will first be given to AU heads of state and government; ministers of foreign affairs; and the permanent representatives of AU member...
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