Stories from 7 August 2019
Travel: An extreme sport for Africans
It’s difficult for Africans to travel outside Africa — but it’s equally grim to travel within the continent.
Two universities sign historic agreement on slavery reparations in the Caribbean
The agreement marks the first time that a British institution has apologised for the profits it made from slavery and attaches both money and resources to help make amends.
In Ethiopia, disinformation spreads through Facebook live as political tensions rise
Online conspiracy theories, political rants and rumors laced with communal hatred are now common genres in Ethiopian social media.
Tanzanian journalist faces trumped-up charges after abduction and detention
Freelance ournalist Erick Kabendera has written critically of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's increasingly repressive administration. Yesterday, authorities charged him with economic crimes, but critics say his only "crime" is journalism.
China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand
Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.