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State Dept. Official: US Wants ‘New Era’ in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON — The United States is seeking “a new era” for Zimbabwe, the State Department’s top official for Africa said on Thursday, implicitly calling on long-time president Robert Mugabe to step aside as a political crisis mounts.In an interview…

US Jury Hears Closing Arguments in Trial of Alleged Benghazi Attack Organizer

WASHINGTON — A jury heard closing arguments Thursday in the federal government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is accused of conspiring to organize the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassad…

White House Says Elephant Trophy Decision Not Yet Finalized

The White House on Thursday said it had not yet finalized a decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring the endangered animals home as trophies, a planned move that had outraged U.S. conservation groups.The pla…

Ivory Coast to Expel Cocoa Farmers From Largest Forest Reserve

ABIDJAN — Top cocoa producer Ivory Coast will launch an operation to expel thousands of illegal farmers from the Goin-Debe forest reserve, the West African nation’s largest, a government spokesman said on Thursday.The decision is part of a strateg…

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Calls on Mugabe to Resign

HARARE — Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday President Robert Mugabe should resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power.Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler and has bal…

Africa's Renewable Energy Set to Soar by 2022

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — Strong demand is set to give a huge boost to renewable energy growth in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, driving cumulative capacity up more than 70 percent, a senior international energy official said Wednesd…

US Embassy Defends Credibility of Liberia Presidential Poll

MONROVIA — The U.S. embassy in Liberia on Wednesday defended the credibility of last month’s presidential election there, amid allegations of irregularities and fraud that have delayed a run-off poll.First-round winner George Weah, a former intern…

Abducted Swiss Aid Worker Freed in Sudan's Darfur

KHARTOUM — A 72-year-old Swiss aid worker was freed by security forces early Wednesday, more than a month after she was abducted in Sudan’s Darfur region, officials said.Margaret Schenkel later flew back to the capital, Khartoum, but did not give …

IMF: Angola in 'Mild Recovery' but Macroeconomic Challenges Remain

LUANDA — The Angolan economy is set to grow 1.1 percent this year as sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest economy enjoys a mild recovery, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday following a 10-day visit to the country.But Ricardo Velloso, the…

Sudan to Unify Currency Rate in Bid to Win Foreign Investment

CAIRO — Sudan is taking steps to close the gap between its official and unofficial currency rates and scrap subsidies by end-2019 to win foreign investment after U.S. sanctions ended, Minister of State for Finance Magdi Hassan Yassin told Reuters …

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