The other pandemic sweeping the world: Another 291 million people won’t have enough to eat this year

Global hunger will surge by about a third this year, driven by lingering income losses from the pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department’s annual assessment of food security in 76 middle- and low-income nations that are past or current recipients of U.S. food aid estimates an additional 291 million people in … Read more

Tanzania’s President gets coronavirus vaccine live on TV, reversing country’s year-long policy of Covid denial

President Hassan was the first to receive the vaccine on live television and reassured the country that the shots are safe. “I’m a mother of four, a grandmother of several grandchildren, and a wife, but most of all I’m the President and Commander in Chief. I wouldn’t put myself in danger knowing that I have … Read more

Tunisia political turmoil deepens as President sacks prime minister, freezes parliament

President Kais Saied said he would assume executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister, in the biggest challenge yet to the democratic system Tunisia introduced in a 2011 revolution. Crowds of people quickly flooded the capital and other cities, cheering and honking car horns in scenes that recalled the revolution, which triggered … Read more

Mali’s interim president targeted in stabbing attempt during Eid prayers

The incident happened during prayers at the Grand Mosque in the capital Bamako to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. “Attempted stabbing attack against the President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goita at the Grande Mosque of Bamako. The attacker was immediately subdued by close security. Investigations are ongoing,” the presidency said in a … Read more

More than 70 killed in South Africa protests after former leader Jacob Zuma is jailed

Protests erupted last week as former South African President Jacob Zuma, 79, turned himself in to authorities to serve a 15-month jail term for contempt of court. He had refused to appear at an anti-corruption commission to face several allegations, including bribery and fraud, which he has repeatedly denied. Among those killed in the violence … Read more

Opposition leaders go into hiding as Africa’s last absolute monarchy cracks down

The president of the opposition People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Mlungisi Makhanya, told CNN on Tuesday that he had witnessed military and police patrols on the ground. “The army was brought in to help protect and preserve,” said Sen. Manqoba Khumalo, eSwatini’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry. But the acting eSwatini President of the … Read more

Rescue mission in ‘hot pursuit’ after gunmen kidnap scores of students in northwest Nigeria

Officials from the school in Kaduna’s Chikun district told Agence France-Presse news agency that no fewer than 140 students were captured and taken to an unknown destination by the attackers. Kaduna police, however, have said that the definitive number of abducted students has yet to be ascertained. Regional police spokesman Mohammed Jalige told CNN Monday … Read more

Zuma likens his treatment by courts to apartheid-era South Africa

“Things like detention without trial should never again see the light of day in South Africa. The struggle for a free South Africa was a struggle for justice that everyone was treated equally before the law,” said Zuma, at a Sunday press conference at his homestead in Nkandla. Zuma faces a fifteen-month sentence for contempt … Read more

Food and fuel running out in capital of Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region

A communications blackout in the region, in place since Ethiopian forces withdrew and announced a unilateral ceasefire last week, has made it difficult to determine the situation in Tigray and its capital Mekelle. But on Saturday, CNN was able to reach its producer on the ground who reports a blockade on Tigray by Ethiopian forces … Read more

What it’s like to be one of South Africa’s ‘underground astronauts’

“I often don’t respond to that name,” she says. “I respond to ‘Bones.’” Recently named a 2021 Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society, the 33-year-old first made a name for herself as a member of the second group of “underground astronauts” — so called because “we are going into spaces that very few people … Read more