Africa

4:07pm

Thu December 5, 2013
World

Mandela: A Rare Success As Liberation Leader And President

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 4:56 pm

South Africa's Nelson Mandela was one of the few figures who managed to make the transition from liberation leader to successful politician and president.
Thomas White Reuters /Landov

There are many examples of triumphant liberation leaders and successful political leaders, but it's rare to find someone who has managed the transition from one to the other.

George Washington did it in the 18th century. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk of Turkey did it after World War I. And Nelson Mandela also belongs to this exclusive club.

"It is hard enough to find someone courageous enough to lead a revolution, rarer still for them to have remarkable leadership skills," says Jack Goldstone, director of the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.

Read more

3:03am

Wed October 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:27 pm

The Ethiopian government has set up about a dozen vaccination booths along its thousand-mile border with Somalia.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Update on Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. ET:

A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Thursday that it was mistaken about the polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. The virus has been detected in Kenya and Ethiopia this year. But South Sudan has not recorded a polio case since 2009.

Read more

1:29am

Fri October 25, 2013
Planet Money

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 8:34 am

Bernard Omondi got $1,000 from GiveDirectly.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

5:27am

Thu October 3, 2013
World

Dozens Dead, More Feared Lost, After Shipwreck Off Sicily

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:59 am

Some of the victims recovered after Thursday's wreck of a ship near Sicily were placed in body bags before being brought ashore to the island of Lampedusa.
Reuters /Landov

There's been a sea disaster near Sicily, as The Associated Press reports:

"A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted-for."

Read more
Tags: 

1:27am

Wed October 2, 2013
World

Did Kenyan Soldiers Loot Mall During Fight With Terrorists?

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:00 am

Bullet holes in the glass door of a shop in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Rukmini Callimachi AP

More than a week after Islamic militants stormed an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to set up a commission to look into lapses in intelligence and security. At least 67 people died in the four-day siege, which ended with dozens still unaccounted for.

Read more
Tags: 

Pages