Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was formerly Africa Correspondent for The Independent.

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Nelson Mandela's successors Jacob Zuma (left) and Thabo Mbeki (right) have largely failed to follow his example

Nelson Mandela legacy: What now for the continent he bestrode like a colossus?

He was both an inspiration and a reproach to his fellow African heads of state. But will the great man’s example continue to resonate, now that he is gone?

Kenya shopping mall attack latest: Military takes control of shopping centre and says all hostages freed

Four deafening explosions at lunchtime on Monday marked what was the beginning of the end of Kenya’s worst terror attack since the 1990s.

Many of the al-Shabaab fighters are teenagers tempted by money

Kenya shopping mall attack: Hostage-taking breaks the pattern of youthful Islamist attacks

For those familiar with the methods of the Somali Islamists, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen [or Mujahedin Youth Movement], the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall initially appeared to be a textbook operation. A team of gunmen had blasted its way into a high-value target using assault rifles and grenades and proceeded to inflict as many casualties as possible.

Too many peace efforts mean further instability in eastern Congo

Confusion over the crisis in eastern Congo stems from three separate and often competing peace efforts in one of the world’s most unstable areas. Fighting between rebel groups and the army has displaced one million people since July, all under the watchful eye of the UN’s biggest peacekeeping operation.

M23 rebel recruits at a military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Rebels draw first blood in the battle for Congo

Death of UN soldier deepens military crisis along border with Rwanda

A member of the presidential guard stands in front of supporters of Zanu PF presidential candidate for the forthcoming general elections Robert Mugabe

'Insider' leaks secrets from heart of Mugabe's Zimbabwe regime on Facebook

Days before election, Zimbabweans read allegations of corruption in ruling party

South Sudan plunged into political crisis as president dissolves the government in power struggle

Wave of sackings aimed at removing country's powerful vice president Riek Machar

Jim Yong Kim: determined to make an impact

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim: 'They said poverty would always be with us. Well, maybe not'

The Monday Interview: The World Bank chief remains an outsider with big ambitions

Children in Soweto in front of a mural of Nelson Mandela

Separate and unequal: Apartheid's legacy lives on

World View: South Africa has certainly changed since the ANC came to power, but the party's failure to tackle economic inequality is glaringly evident

Nelson Mandela outside his former prison cell attends a press conference for

South Africa: Hope and fear in a land of Nelson Mandela memories

No part of South Africa has been untouched by the life of the first post-apartheid  president. But different parts were affected in different ways

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