Africa

Nigeria’s health authorities reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa, adding to fears about the spread of the virus on a continent already beset by some of the world’s weakest health-care systems.

The worst plague in generations is putting some 20 million people in Africa at risk of starvation, as enormous clouds of locusts defy pest control and devour every crop in their path.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir swore-in opposition leader Riek Machar as his deputy, marking the tentative start of a power-sharing government between two former enemies and the latest effort to end a six-year conflict.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed support for the anticorruption stance and business-oriented agenda of Angolan President João Lourenço.

African nations are scrambling to strengthen health defenses against coronavirus’s spread from China, the continent’s largest trading partner, amid fears the outbreak could overwhelm some of the world’s weakest health-care systems.

Daniel arap Moi, a former schoolteacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving president and presided over years of repression and economic turmoil fueled by runaway corruption, has died. He was 95.

A private banker at EuroBic, a Portuguese bank, apparently hanged himself after Angola prosecutors named him as a suspect in a probe of alleged money laundering by the daughter of the African country’s ex-president.

The U.S. has been the principal foreign backer for South Sudan, delivering $11 billion in aid, but is now imposing sanctions on government officials for perpetuating the country’s civil war.

The U.S. military said that an attack on a shared military base by Somalia’s al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab on Sunday killed three Americans, highlighting the threat the Islamist group still poses to the region despite a step up in American airstrikes in recent years.

A massive truck bomb detonated during morning rush hour in Mogadishu has killed more than 70 people in one of the deadliest single attacks to take place in Somalia’s decades of civil war and Islamist insurgency.

Economies in the region are reeling from a second historic drought in three years, leaving 45 million people in crisis, and the problem is worsening.

Jihadists killed more than 70 soldiers in an attack on a military base in western Niger, the deadliest single Islamist attack on a country the West has cultivated as a bulwark against rising militancy across the Sahel.

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