Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace , greet supporters at a  rally in Harare. Photograph: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

The elevation of Grace Mugabe to Zanu-PF’s top decision-making body this weekend has left Zimbabwe’s factionalised ruling party in turmoil, having cre(...)

A Liberian soldier is deployed to restrict the movement of Liberians traveling from Bomi County to the capital Monrovia as a measure to try to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The Obama administration is forming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental drugs to help the h(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s government has given mixed signals on plans to seize majority stakes in foreign-owned companies as part of its indigenisation policy. Photograph: EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

It is one year since Zimbabwe’s general elections and the political stability and economic development the country’s citizens hoped would emerge fo(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe. Critics of the country’s business indigenisation law accuse his Zanu-PF party of using it as a way to keep intact the patronage system that enriches the president’s allies. Photograph: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

In a bid to turn Zimbabwe’s ailing economy around, President Robert Mugabe’s government has ordered amendments to its controversial indigenisation la(...)

The Movement for Democratic Change vote to oust Morgan Tsvangirai  as leader prompted political analysts to say it was impossible to see how a split in the opposition could be averted. Photograph: Reuters/Howard Burditt

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party is in disarray after a faction in the Movement for Democratic Change said at the weekend it had suspended the part(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza during the fourth EU-Africa summit of heads of state at the European Council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello was one of a number of EU politicians and African heads of states gathered in Brussel(...)

Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello: said the Brussels summit aimed to establish a new relationship between Africa and the EU.

The European Union’s announcement that it is deploying 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic after months of delays topped the agenda at yes(...)

There was a close bond between Irish republicans and the ANC and its armed wing, MK, which was co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Photograph: Frank Miller

The presence of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams as a member of the honour guard at Nelson Mandela’s funeral may have appeared slightly incongruous to (...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)

A farewell to his hero
  • Africa
  • December 11, 2013, 05:00

The very presence of President Obama in Soweto speaking about Nelson Mandela yesterday was an eloquent symbol of the extraordinary interconnectedness (...)