South Africa: Center Offers Hope For Abandoned Babies

Outside an old house in a battered Johannesburg neighborhood, a hatch door slams shut and an alarm signals the arrival of an abandoned baby. A new infant is joining the ranks of toddlers being raised in the center. In this periodic ritual, Francinah Phago, manager of the Door of Hope sanctuary in Berea, washes her...

Why Drake And Rihanna Are Dedicated To Making Their Relationship Work This Time Around

Rihanna and Drake‘s on-again romance appears to be steamier than ever, and for good reason. While the two have dated in the past, it seems as though they’re both finally on the same page about their relationship. A source tells E! News that the inseparable duo, who was most recently seen at a club in...

Burundi Crisis Killing Business, Even Forcing Top University To Suspend Breakfast For Students

(ABC) Not everyone loses. Rents in relatively calm districts of Bujumbura have risen sharply because of their perceived stability. BUJUMBURA: The crisis that erupted in Burundi in April 2015 following Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a controversial third term as president has claimed more than 400 lives and...

Million Fewer Tourists Visit Tunisia This Year

Tunis – The number of foreign tourists in Tunisia dropped by 20% to four million in the first eight months of the year after two Islamist attacks that killed dozens of Western visitors, the tourism minister said on Monday. Tunisia, for which foreign tourism is an important contributor to gross domestic...

In Zimbabwe: At least 1.5 Million Face Hunger – Report

Cape Town – Zimbabwe is reportedly facing widespread food shortages, with the situation said to be critical in the country’s rural areas. At least 16% of the country’s estimated 13 million population face food insecurity, according to a New Zimbabwe.com report quoting the United Sates-funded Famine Early Warning...

Again! 14 Boys Dead In South African Province, 141 In Hospital, After Botched Circumcisions

TRADITIONAL circumcision ceremonies in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where the rite-of-passage practice is common, have left 14 boys dead and 141 injured this year, local authorities said Sunday. Many of the injured teens suffered from “dehydration, wounds, pneumonia, aseptic penis and gangrene” Sizwe...

UN: Cholera Deaths In South Sudan Rise, 1 0000s At Risk

Juba – At least 29 people have died in a cholera outbreak in war-torn South Sudan with thousands more at risk of infection, the United Nations said on Friday. A total of 484 cholera cases, including 29 deaths – six of them children under five – had been reported by the end of June, the UN Office...

Nigeria Poll Suggests 87% Oppose Gay Rights

A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations. That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples. Gay rights activists, who commissioned the poll, said this showed attitudes towards gay people were...

Africa’s Low-Carbon Revolution

LONDON – Imagine you woke up tomorrow without access to modern energy. You have no refrigerator, cooking stove, or air conditioning. Your kids cannot do homework after sundown. You cannot charge your mobile phone. Welcome to the world of Africa’s unconnected – and to a market failure that is destroying...