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Lily Kuo

Lily Kuo is a reporter at Quartz covering emerging markets. She previously reported general news for Reuters. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the China Post in Taiwan. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from Peking University and the London School of Economics. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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A Fake U.S. Embassy Operating in Ghana for the Past Decade Has Been Shut Down

December 5, 2016 For the last decade, a fake US embassy has been operating in Accra, Ghana. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, from morning until half noon, an American flag would fly outside a faded pink building. Inside, beneath a photo of president Barack Obama, staff posing as consular officials, took visa applications...

A Knife Attacker at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya was Disarmed and Reportedly Shot

October 28, 2016 A nondescript 24-year-old man in blue jeans and a grey sweatshirt walked up to a security guard outside of the United States embassy in Nairobi yesterday (Oct. 27) and stabbed him in the face, shouting “Why? Why?” The guard under attack fired his assault rifle and nearby police rushed over....

3D-Printed Rhino Horns Will Be Ready in Two Years, But Will They Save the Rhinos?

October 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Africa’s wild rhinos are in danger of going extinct within the next two decades if demand for their horns keeps up. Proposed solutions have ranged from harvesting the horns without killing the animal to legalizing the trade, banned since the 1970s, to reduce the size of the black market. There...

Climate Change Is Increasing the Risk of War in Africa: Study

September 30, 2016 United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon once described the war in Darfur, Sudan as the world’s first climate change conflict, caused in part by the fighting over scarce water resources. Now, researchers believe climate change may be raising the risk of war across the continent. In a study published in...

In Libya, You Can Buy an Anti-Aircraft Gun on Facebook

April 7, 2016 An online marketplace for illicit weapons is thriving in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a study released today that found sales of heavy machine guns, rocket and grenade launchers, and anti-aircraft guns on private Facebook groups in Libya. During his 40-year reign, colonel Muammar Gaddafi stockpiled an...

After Guantanamo, Two Detainees Try To Put Their Lives Back Together in Ghana

January 13, 2016 Two Yemenis who were held for over a decade at the controversial US naval base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay have arrived in Ghana to restart their lives. The two men, Mahmud Umar Muhammad bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby, are among 17 detainees who were to be released this...

African States Hop on the Network Surveillance Bandwagon

October 16, 2015 Uganda has been using a surveillance program, codenamed Fungua Macho, or “open eyes” in Swahili, to spy on opposition politicians and anyone “deemed dangerous to state security,” according to an investigation by Privacy International and BBC Newsnight. Policy documents dating back to 2012 detail the use of the security software...

Burkina Faso's Elite Troops Just Took Control of the Country

September 17, 2015 Burkina Faso is in the throes of a military coup led by a shadowy presidential guard that operates above the law and threatens to derail the fledgling democracy’s progress. Members of the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP), allied with former president Blaise Compaoré, stormed a cabinet meeting yesterday (Sept. 16)...

China Warns of 'Inevitable' War with US Over South China Sea

May 26, 2015 After Chinese state media warned that war with the United States may be “inevitable,” Beijing has published a policy paper detailing how the military will shift its focus from land and coastlines to the open seas. China’s State Council released a white paper today that criticizes “external countries…busy meddling in...

China Says North Korea Has More Nukes Than the US Thought

April 23, 2015 China’s top nuclear experts believe North Korea may be a much larger and immediate nuclear threat than previously believed. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), Chinese uranium enrichment experts estimate Pyongyang has 20 nuclear warheads and enough weapons-grade uranium to double that arsenal within a year. The comments, made...