Algerians demand sweeping change as Bouteflika era ends

Flag-waving Algerians have celebrated the resignation of veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but vowed Wednesday to keep protesting to demand sweeping change to the country’s political system. The 82-year-old’s departure, announced on state media late Tuesday, followed weeks of massive demonstrations that have shaken the North African nation. Car horns sounded on the streets...

UN chief visits Libya to bolster election push

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Libya Wednesday ahead of a conference aimed at paving the way for elections to help end years of chaos in the country. “I have just arrived in Libya, totally committed to support a Libyan-led political process leading to peace, stability, democracy and prosperity for the Libyan people,” Guterres said on Twitter. The UN has...

Cyclone-hit Mozambique launches mass cholera vaccination blitz

Cyclone Idai hit the coast of central Mozambique on March 15 with hurricane-force winds and rains flooding the hinterland and drenching eastern Zimbabwe. In Mozambique, 598 people have been killed, and another 268 have died in Zimbabwe, according to the toll as of Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of survivors have been placed in temporary and crowded shelters, many of them lacking clean water...