Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa – BDlive

AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others […]

South Africa Gold Mine Collapse Update: 26-Hour Silence From Trapped Workers At Lily Mine – International Business Times

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. EST — South Africa’s mining union president, Joseph Mathunjwa, cautioned that time was running out to save three mine workers trapped in a collapsed gold mine in South Africa’s northeast Mpumalanga province, Africanews reported. The miners have been trapped since one of the mine’s supporting pillars collapsed Friday. “The longer they remain trapped […]

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mandla Mandela is chief of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s ancestral home Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over chief Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam. The Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) told the BBC that being Muslim could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions. Mandla Mandela, […]

East Africa will lose out in battle between Islamist militants – BDlive

NAIROBI — Competition between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State for a foothold in East Africa will fuel attacks in the region by the Islamist militants, Control Risks Group said. Islamic State was trying to make inroads into Somalia, where the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group had been waging an insurgency for the past decade, as well as […]

George Clooney wants to expose people who finance Africa’s conflicts—but it … – Quartz

Seven years after attempting to bring global attention to human rights violations in Darfur, Hollywood star, George Clooney, now wants to use his star power for a new cause: exposing financiers and profiteers of war and conflict in Africa The award-winning actor–along with the US human rights activist John Prendergast–announced an ambitious project to investigate […]

Being African: What does hair have to do with it? – BBC News – BBC News

Hair has become a political issue across Africa. Chemical relaxers, which straighten hair, have been popular for years. But while the look is seen by some as professional, others call it un-African. There’s a move away from relaxing hair – a journey the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani has made. Sundays were salon days when I was […]

America in Africa: Military ties grow but trade lags – Yahoo News – Yahoo News

America in Africa: Military ties grow but trade lags – Yahoo News – Yahoo News

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower’s military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. – Targeted military presence – Compared to […]

Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco still want delay – BBC Sport

Morocco have failed to meet the deadline to confirm it will host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January. The North Africans had requested a postponement because of fears over the Ebola outbreak. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) refused the request and set a deadline […]