Kenyan athletes take top spots at 2017 Boston Marathon

Kenyan athletes were ahead of the pack at the Boston Marathon race on Monday, winning both the men’s and the women’s competition at the premier marathon race. For the men, it was a little closer with Geoffrey Kirui completing the challenging course in 2:09:37, just seconds ahead of American runner…

Botswana: 5.0-magnitude aftershock rattles region hit by quake

An aftershock earthquake that measured 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Botswana shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) also measured the quake at a 5.0 magnitude, with an epicenter in the same location as Monday night’s…

Botswana 6.5-magnitude quake shakes at least 8 African countries

The strong earthquake that hit Botswana on Monday night registered at a 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake struck shortly before 8 p.m. near Moiyabana in the rural east-central Ghanzi region of the country. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)…

Zimbabwe: #ThisFlag founder Mawarire expected in court Friday

Pastor Evan Mawarire, founder of the #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe, is expected in court Friday after his arrest Wednesday at the Harare International Airport, where he was returning from a trip to the United States. Supporters of the human rights activist gathered to wait for Mawarire’s appearance on Thursday, but…

Zimbabwe police promise to crack down on tsikamutanda practices

Authorities in Zimbabwe say they plan to crack down on self-styled “witch hunters” who prey on people in traditional communities, essentially extorting their cash, livestock and other goods – and often doing so with the knowledge of complicit and corrupt local chiefs. Charity Charamba, the national spokeswoman for the Zimbabwe…

Zimbabwe: Short Mugabe address skims State of the Nation surface

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe delivered his State of the Nation address Tuesday, in a short speech that skimmed atop the surface of the country’s spiraling economic and political challenges. In Harare, the 92-year-old Mugabe spoke for just 28 minutes while addressing parliament in a chamber that frequently burst into…

Zambia, SADC launch food aid in drought-stricken south

The Zambian government began Wednesday to send food relief to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, in an effort to address food shortages in the drought-stricken nations of southern Africa. Shipment of the 48,000 metric tons of maize is part of a USD$2.4 billion humanitarian response coordinated through the Southern African Development…