Rwandan soldiers patrol a village in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.

An insurgency allied with the Islamic State has been waging a bloody campaign in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province for almost a decade. After a lull in fighting that lasted most of last year, militants spread southward through the isolated province in late 2023 and early 2024, burning houses, schools and churches as they went.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma.

Accustomed for so long to one-party dominance, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress now finds itself in uncharted political territory ahead of May 29 elections. Among the many problems the ANC currently faces, one stands out: the emergence of the newly created MK Party, with former President Jacob Zuma at its head.