JOHANNESBURG — A storm pummeled the coastline around Cape Town on Wednesday, unleashing heavy rains and high winds that fanned fires and forced evacuations. At least eight people were killed. Many people in Knysna, a town on the scenic Garden Route east of Cape Town, fled as blazes tore through homes.
Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins and suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent.
DAKAR, Senegal — The State Department is calling on the Republic of Congo to respect the rights of a 70-year-old naturalized American citizen who has been held in prison without charges for more than a year.
UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Monday called for an international inquiry into the gruesome murders of two United Nations investigators in the Democratic Republic of Congo in mid-March.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who as head of the United Nations Population Fund promoted public health, especially sexual and reproductive health for women and girls, died on Sunday night at his home in West Harrison, N.Y.
Correction: June 5, 2017 An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the genre of West African pop music that is booming now in Nigeria. It is Afrobeats, a contemporary style influenced by Caribbean, hip-hop and electronic music, not Afrobeat.
EL KAMOUR, Tunisia — It may look like just a clutch of tents pitched outside an oil pumping station on the edge of the Sahara. But to the people of this southern region, this is
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s national census used to classify them as “Other.” Now, Kenyans of Indian and Pakistani descent, many of whose forebears helped build the nation and fight colonialism but who have often been secluded from mainstream Kenyan life, are demanding official recognition for the first time.