China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

Military leaders from nearly 50 African countries – The Gambia, Mali and South Sudan among them – completed on Tuesday a two-week conference in Beijing hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense. The China-Africa Defense and Security Forum began June 26, with a focus on the security situation in Africa…

Swazi military faces new threat from … chickens

Members of the Swaziland Defence Force say they’re facing a new threat that they aren’t sure how to overcome – and it’s the chickens. Soldiers at the Mdzimba Army Barracks in the Hhohho region, in a mountainous northwestern part of the country, say their base is overrun by about 200…

Confusion in Zimbabwe as Mugabe impeachment plans move forward

President Robert Mugabe has called a cabinet meeting Tuesday in Zimbabwe, following a weekend speech in which the 93-year-old leader was expected to resign – but then, he never did. It’s the latest development in a confusing week that has seen the country’s military intervene and Mugabe’s own ruling Zanu…

Global Witness report exposes diamond wealth among Zimbabwe elites

A report from the Global Witness organization finds that Zimbabwe’s military and intelligence personnel, along with political elites, are siphoning off the country’s diamond wealth and hiding it from a nation where three-fourths of the people live in poverty. The new “An Inside Job” report looked at five mining companies…