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Cameroon is spiraling further into violence – The Washington Post

Cameroonian authorities announced this week that President Paul Biya had been reelected — again. Biya has ruled the country since 1982, making him the second-longest-serving president in Africa. At 85 years old, he’s also the continent’s oldest. But this year’s election, held on Oct. 7, took place in unusual circumstances: Since …

The dangers of Cameroon’s war of words – The Economist explains

The conflict, which bares wide the rift between Anglophones and Francophones, could destabilise the wider region FOR decades Cameroon, wedged between central and west Africa, enjoyed a reputation for calm and stability while its neighbours were mired in a cycle of coups-d’état, wars and bloodshed. Yet today that stability is …

Paul Biya: Cameroon’s ‘absentee president’ – BBC News

Critics call the 85-year-old long-time ruler “absent” but it’s more complicated than that. Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has been in power for 35 years. But while his longevity in office is a talking point at home, the time he spends out of the country has stirred international comment – as …

Corruption fuels ivory trade in Central Africa, study says

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new study says the illegal sale of ivory in open markets in Central Africa has been disappearing or going underground. But it warns that corruption and weak governance are undermining efforts to curb regional trafficking. Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC says in an analysis released Thursday …

African governments learn to block the internet, but at cost

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The mysterious Facebook blogger kept dishing up alleged government secrets. One day it was a shadowy faction looting cash from Uganda’s presidential palace with impunity. The next was a claim that the president was suffering from a debilitating illness. For authorities in a country that has …

Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. …

Africa builds expertise in science, tech, engineering, math

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Evelyn Gitau became hooked on chemistry in high school in Kenya. Alta Schutte remembers nearly losing her father to cardiovascular disease in the South African mining town where she grew up. Axel Ngonga, born in Cameroon, was fascinated as a child by ants, following them to …

US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause. In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay …