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Activists and others gather outside the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg on June 24.

After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa

Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.

Hundreds of thousands of historical artworks from Africa remain outside the continent, including (clockwise from top left): an Oduduwa helmet mask made of bronze from Benin City in Nigeria, housed at the British Museum in London; the “Royal Seat of the Kingdom of Dahomey” from Benin Republic, at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris; an ivory receptacle with figurative relief and stopper from the Loango coast, part of modern-day Republic of Congo, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; a Central African power figure from the coast of Congo and Angola, now at the Met; a Mbangu mask from southern Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, housed at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium; a head of a royal ancestor from the former Benin Kingdom, a part of modern-day Nigeria, displayed at the Quai Branly; and a carved ivory pendant mask of Queen Idia, inlaid with iron and bronze, from Benin Kingdom, now at the British Museum.

Is It Time to Repatriate Africa’s Looted Art?

Protests have strengthened calls for Western institutions to repatriate priceless cultural artifacts. Museums in Africa are ready to receive them.

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

A Nigerian police officer

As the World Marches for American Victims, Police Brutality in Africa Goes Unnoticed

A spate of killings in Nigeria under lockdown has produced little but hashtag activism.

Protesters hold posters and a Biafra flag as they take part in a demonstration in Durban, South Africa, on May 30, 2019.

50 Years On, Biafra’s Pain Is Still Fresh

Activists are calling for independence in eastern Nigeria once more as the government tries to stamp out separatism.

A woman carries a "Black Lives Matter" sign past U.S. National Guard troops in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, which was damaged during unrest after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Explaining America to the World

How U.S.-based foreign correspondents are covering the Black Lives Matter protests for their audiences back home.

An Israeli protester lifts a placard during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 25, to protest what the demonstrators consider threats to Israeli democracy.

What Democracy Will Fall Next?

Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting in Beijing on April 13, 2016.

China’s Racism Is Wrecking Its Success in Africa

The expulsion of Africans from their homes in southern China is causing a diplomatic storm.

Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019.

Demise of the Petrostates

The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.

A Port Health Service staff member stands next to a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Jan. 27, 2019.

Trump’s Nigerian Ban Is About Race, Not Security

Nigerian entrepreneurship and creativity have always found a home in the United States—until now.

President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015.

No Continent for Old Men

Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.

French police officers talk to passersby at the entrance to the secure zone for the annual G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 23.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The Amazon is ablaze, world leaders convene for the G-7, and Nigeria marks a global health milestone.

Volunteer community mobilizers (VCMs) hold flip charts used for educating parents about polio and other routine immunizations at a health center in Kano, Nigeria, on July 23.

Nigeria Just Won a Complex Victory Over Polio

The country’s vaccinators have overcome distrust, misinformation, and an insurgency to reach this point, but they can’t stop yet.

Children gather for a ceremony to mark their release from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on May 10.

Nigeria’s Child Veterans Are Still Living a Nightmare

The war against Boko Haram saw kids drafted by both sides. Now they need assistance and a post-conflict future.

A customer pays for a copy of the Africa edition of China Daily at a newsstand in Nairobi on Dec. 14, 2012.

In Africa, China Is the News

Beijing’s infrastructure projects may grab headlines, but its efforts to shape the media are more dangerous.

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