Kenya Elects New President, But Disputes Erupt

NAIROBI, Kenya — On a continent where military coups and rubber stamp elections have proliferated in recent years, Kenya stands out. Despite its flaws and endemic corruption, the East African nation and economic powerhouse has steadily grown into a symbol of what is possible, its democracy underpinned by a strong Constitution and its hard-fought elections … Read more

Protests in Sierra Leone Over Rising Cost of Living Turn Deadly

Demonstrations against rising prices in the West African nation of Sierra Leone turned deadly this week, the country’s authorities said on Friday, as long-simmering economic grievances compounded by the global food crisis erupted into street clashes. Female street vendors who last month staged peaceful gatherings against the soaring cost of living were joined on Wednesday … Read more