Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders.

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)

A Congolese security officer takes position to secure the street near the state television headquarters in the capital Kinshasa. Photograph: Jean Robert N’Kengo/Reuters

A self-proclaimed Congolese “prophet” said today an uprising by his supporters in Kinshasa was prompted by an army assault on his residence after he c(...)

Children, displaced by fighting between the Congolese army and M23 rebels in Bunagana in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, sit around a pot in a field with other displaced families in the Ugandan town of Bunagana, 491 km (305 miles) west of the capital Kampala, this week. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters
Congolese M23 rebels surrender
  • Africa
  • November 6, 2013, 01:01

Congolese rebels have surrendered after a 20-month uprising, offering the best hope of peace for years in the country’s war-ravaged east.The M23 rebel(...)

Mary Robinson: strongly tipped for the post of UN special envoy to Africa’s troubled Great Lakes region

Former president Mary Robinson is strongly tipped for the post of UN special envoy to Africa ’s troubled Great Lakes re(...)