International NY Times : Africa (21)

Somalia Blasts Expose Security Failings and Possible Shabab Infiltration

Even in a country accustomed to pervasive violence, the double truck bombings that killed hundreds in Mogadishu on Saturday were a shock.

Truck Explosions Kill Hundreds in Somalia

More than 270 were killed and hundreds injured in Mogadishu on Saturday, in twin blasts that officials called one of the deadliest attacks to hit the capital since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

Truck Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Somalia’s Capital

The explosion, which injured more than a dozen others, targeted a busy road and was described as the most powerful blast in years.

Global Health: In Early Results, Shorter Treatment for Tuberculosis Proves Effective

A nine-month course of treatment seems to work as well as a longer regimen to cure drug-resistant tuberculosis, a growing threat to global health.

Ex-Soccer Star and Vice President Lead in Liberia Presidential Vote

George Weah, the former soccer player, and Vice President Joseph Boakai led the first round of voting, partial results show.

For Dignity and Development, East Africa Curbs Used Clothes Imports

Some countries in East Africa, to protect local industries and national pride, have enacted de facto bans of secondhand clothing from abroad. The United States has cried foul.

Kenyan Election Officials Open New Vote to All Original Candidates

The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has said he would not take part in the new election, scheduled for Oct. 26, because he did not believe it would be fair.

Raila Odinga, Kenya Opposition Leader, Won’t Run in New Election

The election commission was accused of failing to make changes to avoid the problems of a vote that was nullified by the Supreme Court.

He Was the Face of Liberia’s Endless War. Now He Wants to Govern.

Joseph Duo, a former child soldier, put down his weapons and went back to school when peace came to Liberia. Then he ran for office.

Liberia’s Women Warn Male Presidential Candidates: Keep the Peace

A man will almost certainly become the country’s next leader, and women are worried that their newfound gains will be lost.

Ugandan Rebel Group Massacres 22 in Congo

The killings were carried out by members of the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist militant group accused of killing hundreds of people in recent years.

Gas Station Explosion in Ghana Kills at Least 7 and Injures Over 100

The explosion in Accra, Ghana’s capital, which injured at least 132 others, sent up giant balls of fire that lit up the night sky.

Gas Station Explosion in Ghana Kills at Least One and Injures Several

The explosion in Accra, Ghana’s capital, sent up giant balls of fire that set the night sky aglow.

In Long-Isolated Sudan, ‘Lot of Excitement’ as U.S. Sanctions End

Economic sanctions imposed on Sudan had turned it into a pariah state, with a national airline reduced to one plane. Their lifting is expected to increase Western investment.

Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar

In a way reminiscent of the early days of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, a disease that is normally rural has reached cities and is spreading rapidly.

Liberia Holds a Free Election. Make That ‘Free-for-All.’

Twenty presidential candidates. Boisterous rallies. Brawls. Shifting alliances. Democracy has finally taken hold in a tiny West African country.

The Global Siren Call of Fast Food

For The New York Times’s West and Central Africa bureau chief, tastes of home in Dakar, Senegal, are a mixed blessing.

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

The growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africa underscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines.

Former Hostage Held by Al Qaeda Describes 6-Year Ordeal in the Sahara

Johan Gustafsson, a Swede kidnapped at gunpoint in Timbuktu, Mali, by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in 2011 and recently freed, tells of his captivity and his conversion to Islam.

Vows: A Chorus of Mazel Tovs in Uganda

About 1,500 people, including politicians, family and friends, traveled from throughout Uganda to attend the celebration of five Jewish couples.

Nine Elephants in Botswana Are Electrocuted by Power Line

The elephants died after they knocked into the line and the power came into contact with water from a broken pipe, officials said.