July 23, 2020
Nelson Mandela, left, and Andrew Mlangeni, right, in 1990 with Cyril Ramaphosa, now the president of South Africa.

Andrew Mlangeni, Ally of Mandela in Anti-Apartheid Struggle, Dies at 95

He was a convicted co-defendant with Mr. Mandela at the Rivonia Trial of 1964, which exposed to the world the injustices of South Africa’s segregationist policies.

July 23, 2020
Cosmas Magaya was a master of the mbira and a repository of Zimbabwean music and culture.

Cosmas Magaya, Musician and Teacher of African Traditions, Dies at 66

A virtuoso of the mbira, a plucked instrument, he shared his knowledge with the wider world to preserve wisdom handed down orally. He died of Covid-19.

July 23, 2020
An image taken from a video showed Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudan’s former leader, arriving at a courthouse in Khartoum on Tuesday.

Three Decades After His Coup, Sudan’s Former Ruler Is Held to Account

Omar Hassan al-Bashir, ousted in mass protests last year, is on trial for his role in the military coup that propelled him to power in 1989. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

July 23, 2020
Protesters on top of a barricade near the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, in Bamako, Mali, last week.

Anger at Mali’s President Rises After Security Forces Kill Protesters

At least 11 demonstrators were killed in the capital last weekend. Protesters have called for mass civil disobedience until President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta steps down.

July 23, 2020
 Zindzi Mandela in 2013 at the London premiere of a movie about her father, Nelson Mandela.

Zindzi Mandela, Activist in South Africa and Ambassador, Dies at 59

She was ambassador to Denmark after years as a voice against apartheid (sometimes in poetry) alongside her parents, Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

July 23, 2020
Sipping a home-brewed alcoholic drink in Halfaya, Sudan. Alcohol consumption was banned under the three-decade rule of Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Sudan Will Scrap Alcohol and Apostasy Laws, and End Flogging

The moves are part of efforts to broaden personal freedoms during a delicate democratic transition.