Africa

1:37pm

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

The Spotlight Shines On Another Central African Warlord

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga (center) at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, where he was convicted Wednesday of war crimes, including recruiting child soldiers.
Evert-Jan Daniels AP

There's been a major development involving a notorious warlord from Central Africa who snatched thousands of children and sent them to war on his behalf.

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1:00pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Africa

Thousands Of Workers Strike In South Africa

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. In South Africa last week, tens of thousands of people took to the streets. It was a one-day workers' strike, one of the largest protests since the end of Apartheid. The strike, organized by South African unions, included 32 cities that caused large sectors of the economy to shut down.

As Anders Kelto reports, protesters were demanding the government do more to help South Africa's poor and working class.

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12:53pm

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimbabwe Is Short On Cash, Can't Afford Two Elections This Year

Zimbabwe's finance minister warns there's a difficult choice ahead - government coffers are low on cash and there's not enough money to pay for both a vote on a new constitution and a presidential election this year.

Profits from the country's diamond mines plunged this year; finance minister Tendai Biti says the government was promised $600 million in sales but has gotten about $19 million, notes AP.

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2:00pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Africa

How Teenagers Learned To Hate Joseph Kony

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 2:25 pm

Joseph Kony in southern Sudan in 2006. His exact whereabouts today are unknown.
STR AP

If you're a teenager, you probably hadn't heard of Joseph Kony last week. This week, you probably couldn't avoid him.

"If I log onto Facebook or Twitter any time during the day, it's my entire news feed, basically," says Patrick Franks, an 18-year-old senior at Loyola Blakefield High School, outside Baltimore.

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1:58pm

Thu March 8, 2012
Africa

Joseph Kony Is Now A Star — But Will He Be Caught?

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 3:35 pm

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army has been among the world's most brutal rebel forces for a quarter-century. But the Ugandan group received only sporadic international attention before this week, when an Internet video about Kony went viral. Here, Kony is shown in 2006 in southern Sudan.
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