Deported to Libya, Ex-Gitmo Detainees Vanish. Will Others Meet a Similar Fate?

“This is what is going to happen when you close down the Office of Guantánamo Closure for political reasons,” said former Ambassador Daniel Fried, the first special envoy who negotiated detainee transfers in the Obama administration. “Countries conclude that we don’t care anymore, and there is no follow-up.” A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter, resisted any suggestion of negligence. The official said the United States continues to hope that resettlements will be permanent and insisted that American diplomats remain engaged with host…

By Stifling Migration, Sudan’s Feared Secret Police Aid Europe

To shut off the sea route to Greece, the European Union is paying billions of euros to a Turkish government that is dismantling its democracy. In Libya, Italy is accused of bribing some of the same militiamen who have long profited from the European smuggling trade — many of whom are also accused of war crimes. In Sudan, crossed by migrants trying to reach Libya, the relationship is more opaque but rooted in mutual need: The Europeans want closed borders and the Sudanese want to end years of isolation from…

Swaziland’s King Wants His Country to Be Called eSwatini

The king had used the name eSwatini in recent years, including in addresses to his country’s Parliament, the United Nations General Assembly and the African Union. He said that the kingdom was reverting to its original name, before the advent of British colonization in 1906. When Swaziland gained independence from Britain on Sept. 6, 1968, it retained its colonial-era name, unlike several other former British colonies in the region. Nyasaland became Malawi on achieving independence in 1964. Months later, Northern Rhodesia achieved nationhood as the new republic of Zambia. In…

Big Protests in South Africa Force Ramaphosa to End London Visit

[Read More: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption.] Mr. Ramaphosa had been in London to attend a meeting of leaders of the Commonwealth nations, which South Africa rejoined in 1994 when a democratic government was elected after the fall of white-minority rule. The trip, which included meetings with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, was something of a road show for the new president to present himself to the financial markets. Mr. Ramaphosa announced plans to raise $100 billion in foreign investment over the…

South Africa to Investigate 2 A.N.C. Officials in Farm Corruption Case

But until now, the authorities have not focused on A.N.C. officials who were central to the corruption that has thrived in recent years. Mr. Ramaphosa, who became party leader by a narrow margin in December and is dealing with deep divisions inside his party, has so far shown little appetite for going after A.N.C. figures. In fact, he named to his cabinet several people accused of corruption in the past. Photo Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, center, former minister of mineral resources, promoted a controversial dairy farm project, saying it would empower…

A Birder’s Paradise in Zimbabwe

John Brebner swept his binoculars over a fissure-ridden rock face that towered over a grove of acacia trees. Candy-colored striations of dolomite and quartz ran through the tan granite, and human figures painted by Khoisan Bushmen three millenniums ago were faintly visible on the facade. “There it is,” Mr. Brebner exclaimed, passing the binoculars to me. “Look through these and you will see the sticks quite clearly.” I moved the binoculars up and down the cliff, until I zeroed in on a horizontal crevice, speckled with bird droppings, called whitewash.…

Daphne Sheldrick, 83, Who Saved Orphaned Elephants, Is Dead

“Nursery rhymes danced off our bedroom walls and hand-painted sunshine birds of Kenya adorned silk lampshades,” Ms. Sheldrick wrote in her autobiography, “Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story” (2012). Ms. Sheldrick’s father, she wrote, had a great affection for the natural world, and so he was distressed when, at the outbreak of World War II, he was sent to a game reserve in an area called Selengai and ordered to kill wildebeest and zebra to provide food for British and Kenyan troops. “By the end of the war…

$21 Million in Assets Seized in South African Corruption Inquiry

Photo Members of the South African Asset Forfeiture Unit and other law enforcement agencies arriving to search the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg on Monday. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images JOHANNESBURG — Law enforcement officials raided the compound of a family close to former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Monday as part of an investigation into corruption at a government dairy farm project. Accompanied by the news media, about 20 officials seized assets totaling about $21 million at the Johannesburg residence of the Guptas, three Indian brothers…

Niger Ambush Suspect May Be in Custody, Officials Say

Army forces acting on a tip rounded up several men suspected of being fighters from the militant group, known as the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara, he said. Video How the Ambush of U.S. Soldiers in Niger Unfolded One of the American soldiers ambushed by militants in Niger was wearing a helmet camera – we analyzed the footage to understand what happened. By DAVID BOTTI, CHRISTOPH KOETTL, THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF and MALACHY BROWNE on Publish Date March 19, 2018. . Watch in Times Video » “We have been following those…