33 dead in Mozambican plane crash in Namibia
2013-11-30 19:42:26 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Mozambique Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a remote border area in Namibia, killing all on board, officials said Saturday.
The plane crashed in a Namibian national park near the border with Angola and there were no survivors, Namibian police and Mozambican au...
Zimbabwe's top rights lawyer acquitted
2013-11-26 10:30:35 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate has acquitted top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on charges of obstructing justice and being unruly to police officers.
Mtetwa has been on trial since June after she was arrested in March on charges of using abusive language toward officers ...
South African carjackers favor downtown spot
2013-11-22 20:49:16 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The carjackers were swift and methodical. They were also creatures of habit. On three occasions this month, armed criminals who apparently knew their victims were carrying cash or valuables pounced at the same intersection in Johannesburg while CCTV security cameras recorded t...
What needs to happen before the world intervenes?
2013-11-22 20:54:50 UTC
Central African Republic - Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide. Militias are slitting children's throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles.
A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way.
Brother of ex-strongman elected Maldives president
2013-11-17 09:50:43 UTC
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Voters in the Maldives have chosen the brother of the archipelago nation's former strongman to be their new president over the country's first democratically elected leader in a closely fought runoff election on Saturday.
Yaamin Abdul Gayoom had 51.39 percent of the total...
Soldiers raid Boko Haram stronghold in Nigeria
2013-11-16 17:27:21 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says it has killed 20 insurgents by raiding a Boko Haram stronghold and staging ground for attacks on villages and motorists.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammed Dole said one soldier was killed and three were wounded in the shootout late Friday and th...
Congo peace deal postponed over disagreement
2013-11-12 08:45:36 UTC
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — An expected peace deal between Congo's government and M23 rebels was postponed after Congolese officials asked for more time to study the document, a Ugandan government spokesman said Monday, the day Western diplomats and Ugandan officials believed a final accord would be s...
Nigeria defeats Mexico 3-0, crowned 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup Champion
2013-11-10 08:58:38 UTC
Nigeria became the most successful team in FIFA U-17 World Cup history with a 3-0 win over holders Mexico at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The final was a rematch of the 6-1 win Nigeria inflicted on the Mexicans in Group F play and sees the Golden Eaglets lay hands on the junior wo...
British actor says playing Mandela was a gift
2013-11-04 17:30:10 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — British actor Idris Elba says he wanted to capture the spirit of Nelson Mandela, not impersonate him, while playing the role of the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader in a film.
Elba said Monday that acting as Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"...
Official: 92 bodies of migrants found in Niger
2013-10-31 21:29:23 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Nearly 100 African migrants hoping to escape crushing poverty met a grisly end in the desert, officials said Thursday, dying of thirst under the baking sun after their two trucks broke down in the middle of the Sahara before reaching Algeria.
It took weeks for authorities...
Congo army regains town of Rumangabo
2013-10-29 08:13:24 UTC
RUMANGABO, Congo (AP) — The Congolese army, who just one year ago abandoned their posts and fled in the face of an advancing rebel army, succeeded on Monday in taking back the fifth, rebel-held town, in what appears to be a turning point in the conflict.
The civilian population, which reported...
Mayor: 35 migrants die of thirst in Niger desert
2013-10-29 08:05:35 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — About 35 African migrants believed to have been traveling to Europe died of thirst and dehydration in the Sahara Desert after mechanical problems left them stranded, a local official in northern Niger said Monday.
Authorities had only now learned of the tragedy that took ...
Former South African government minister detained in New York
2013-10-28 07:03:48 UTC
Tokyo Sexwale said to be on terrorism watch list dating back to the struggle against apartheid.
A former South African government minister has been detained in New York apparently because his name is on a terrorism watch list dating back to the struggle against racial apartheid.
G4S-run prison in South Africa investigated over abuse claims
2013-10-28 06:40:08 UTC
Jail operated by UK security firm allegedly used forced injections and electric shock treatment to subdue inmates.
A South African prison run by the British security company G4S is under investigation for allegedly using forced injections and electric shock treatment to subdue inmates.
Prisoner: Foreigners fight in Nigeria's uprising
2013-10-27 09:26:53 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Extremists from three neighboring countries are fighting in Nigeria's northeastern Islamic uprising, according to an alleged captured extremist whose account reinforces fears that one of Africa's most powerful Islamic militant groups is growing closer to al-Qaida affiliates ...
Unique image of Nelson Mandela presented to South African Consulate on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation
2013-10-20 03:38:14 UTC
The Honourable Consul General George Monyemangene accepted a one-of-a-kind rendering of Nelson Mandela on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the South Africa Consulate in New York City. The stunning image is the result of an innovative collaboration between world-renowned photographer Ric...
Kenya mall attack echoes 1980 hotel bombing
2013-10-19 23:00:35 UTC
Flames and smoke, the whoop of sirens, the flicker of ambulance lights and uniformed men shouting in darkness. These are my childhood memories of the chaotic aftermath of a hotel bombing in Kenya's capital on New Year's Eve, 1980.
The attack on the Norfolk Hotel, popular among foreign tourists...
Kenyan morgue: 2 'boxes' of body parts from mall
2013-10-18 09:44:49 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials in Kenya say two boxes of charred body parts have been delivered to the city morgue from Westgate Mall and that four AK-47 assault rifles were found alongside the remains, indicating they are of the gunmen who stormed the mall on Sept. 21, killing more than 60 peop...
Zimbabwe diamonds: Where has all the money gone?
2013-10-17 16:04:04 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Despite living in an impoverished country under sanctions, some in Zimbabwe seem awash in money, judging by the Mercedes-Benzes parked at a country club and the private woodland estate with artificial lake and mansion built by the nation's police chief.
The wealth enjoy...
US forces hit extremists behind E. Africa attacks
2013-10-06 07:29:29 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya's capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings o...
Zimbabwe: Poachers poison 91 elephants
2013-10-01 18:32:40 UTC
HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The stench of rotting elephant carcasses hangs in the air in western Zimbabwe where wildlife officials say at least 91 elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market.
Massive bones, some already bleached by...
At Zimbabwe golf club, 'foreign' trees exit stage
2013-09-30 06:24:49 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A century-old thorn tree with an umbrella-shaped canopy offers shade to players on the 13th hole of Zimbabwe's oldest surviving golf course. The indigenous tree is going to stay, but "foreign" trees — firs, pines and eucalyptus — that were planted by early white settlers t...
Nigeria: Militants kill students in college attack
2013-09-29 18:31:12 UTC
POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school's provost said, reporting the latest violence in northeastern Nigeria's ongoing Islamic upr...
Kenya blasts US over updated travel warning
2013-09-28 18:59:52 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya on Saturday sharply criticized a decision by the United States to reissue a travel advisory for the country in the wake of the deadly attack on an upscale mall in the capital Nairobi, highlighting fears that the assault could hurt the East African nation's lucrative to...
One day, many dead: The start of Kenya mall siege
2013-09-27 06:33:53 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It's 1:30 on Saturday afternoon in the Westgate Mall. Rafia Khan is huddling in a crawl space of the Millionaires Casino with her cousin and eight other people as gunmen roam the building and shoot, again and again, into crowds of shoppers.
Now she is teaching those in hi...