Kenyan president: Terrorists defeated
2013-09-24 18:04:31 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says security forces have finally defeated a small group of terrorists after four days in fighting at a Nairobi mall.
In a televised address to the nation Tuesday, Kenyatta said "we have ashamed and defeated our attackers."
He said the a...
Bomb hits Libya's Benghazi on attack anniversary
2013-09-11 19:41:02 UTC
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded Wednesday near Libya's Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi, exactly one year after the Sept. 11 attack there that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
The early morning blast on the 1...
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at Toronto Film Festival
2013-09-09 05:24:46 UTC
TORONTO (AP) — The Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival with a heavy dose of reverence for its subject, and a few extra pounds of muscle, too.
Idris Elba stars as the South African leader in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," ...
12 dead in violence in C. African Republic capital
2013-08-21 16:27:08 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A Red Cross official says at least 12 people are dead following clashes in the capital of volatile Central African Republic.
Paul Nassenmo, a local leader with the country's Red Cross, said Wednesday that the fighting had taken place in the Boy Rabe neig...
Witnesses heard woman scream Pistorius fired
2013-08-19 14:58:30 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Witnesses heard a woman screaming before gunshots fired by Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend early on Valentines' Day, South African prosecutors said Monday, contradicting the Paralympic champion's version of events as he was indicted for premeditated murder.
Somalia executes man guilty of killing journalist
2013-08-17 12:48:25 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government on Saturday executed a man who was convicted of murdering a journalist, a military official said, the first such execution in a country where those who kill media workers often evade justice.
Aden Sheikh Abdi was killed by firing squad early Satur...
Zimbabwe opposition withdraws election challenge
2013-08-16 23:45:14 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said Friday that it is withdrawing a court challenge over disputed election results that gave long-time President Robert Mugabe a commanding victory, saying it did not believe it would get a fair hearing.
The party sa...
Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Somalia
2013-08-14 15:50:06 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In announcing a pullout from Somalia after 22 years, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that armed groups are killing and abducting aid workers. And in a scathing indictment of Somalia's leadership, the aid group accused civilian leaders of condoning or even supporting t...
Suspected US drone strike kills 2 in Yemen
2013-08-11 07:42:47 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike killed two alleged al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen on Saturday, military officials said, making it the ninth such strike in just two weeks.
The strike in Lahj province wounded two other militants, one of them seriously, the officials said....
Yemen's government says it foiled al-Qaida plots
2013-08-08 06:29:03 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Military and intelligence officials in Yemen said Wednesday they uncovered an al-Qaida plot to fire missiles at foreign embassies in the capital and to attack naval forces guarding international shipping in the Red Sea.
Details of the plot, which was reminiscent of the suic...
Big fire, slow response: Kenya airport hall gutted
2013-08-07 10:01:01 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A massive fire destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya's main international airport early Wednesday, forcing the closure of East Africa's largest airport and the rerouting of all inbound flights.
No injuries were reported, said Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transp...
Suspected US drone kills 4 in Yemen
2013-08-06 15:55:33 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members in Yemen on Tuesday, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Muslim world.
Zimbabwe churches urge peace after disputed poll
2013-08-04 18:19:58 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean church leaders urged Sunday worshippers to pray for peace after disputed elections gave longtime President Robert Mugabe a landslide victory in the presidential and parliamentary vote.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe asked its followers Sunday to wait ...
US and UK concern over Zimbabwe election results
2013-08-04 07:06:41 UTC
The US and UK have expressed concerns after Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe won a seventh term in office amid claims of electoral fraud.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the results did not "represent a credible expression of the people".
Mr Mugabe, 89, won 61% of the vote, against ...
Zimbabwe: Mugabe declared winner in disputed vote
2013-08-03 23:25:56 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's electoral panel on Saturday declared that longtime President Robert Mugabe had won re-election by a landslide, a result that could exacerbate tensions in the country, where the 89-year-old's chief rival and former coalition partner has accused him of poll-riggin...
Tsvangirai denounces 'fraud' as Mugabe declared Zimbabwe winner
2013-08-03 17:32:02 UTC
Robert Mugabe was on Saturday declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election with 2,110,434 votes, giving him 61% of the total and Morgan Tsvangirai 34%. The margin was enough to avoid a repeat of the run-off in 2008.
As Zanu-PF supporters celebrated the national election commission a...
Nelson Mandela’s standard for us all
2013-08-03 04:52:20 UTC
With Nelson Mandela, the devil would not like the details. We all know that he spent 27 years in jail, much of it on Robben Island. We all know about his remarkable strength, intellect and tolerance. But I did not know that when he was in prison, he studied Afrikaans, the language of his jailers,...
US diplomat kills man in car crash, leaves Kenya
2013-08-02 16:37:48 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An American diplomat who police say was speeding crossed the center line in his SUV and rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant, officials said Friday.
U.S. Embassy officials in Nairobi rushed the American and his family o...
President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF taking an early lead
2013-08-02 06:49:04 UTC
The first results from Zimbabwe's elections show President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF taking an early lead.
Results from the national assembly elections showed Mugabe's party winning 25 out of 28 seats announced. Voters in Wednesday's elections were choosing a president, 210 lawmakers and municip...
Lawyer: Tunisian member of Femen freed from jail
2013-08-01 18:09:17 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian member of Femen, the Ukrainian women's rights group, was freed from jail on Thursday after spending more than two months behind bars, one of her lawyers said.
Bahri Souhaib told The Associated Press that Amina Sboui was provisionally freed. The 19-year-old is w...
Zimbabwe: Disputed poll poses fresh divisions
2013-08-01 18:15:54 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Allegations of vote-rigging flowed in Zimbabwe on Thursday, with reports of fake registration cards, voters turned away from the polls and people appearing on voters' lists four times with different IDs. Even before results were announced, the main opposition camp said lon...
Zimbabwe: Voting starts in crucial election
2013-07-31 07:05:19 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans are voting in elections that will determine the future of longtime President Robert Mugabe, who has denied allegations of vote-rigging despite concerns about the credibility of the polls.
Lines of voters snaked around a school in Harare, where polling booths...
Robert Mugabe: I Will Go if I Lose Crucial Poll
2013-07-30 19:20:22 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — On the eve of elections in Zimbabwe, longtime President Robert Mugabe denied on Tuesday that his supporters have engaged in vote-rigging despite widespread allegations of irregularities in the run-up to the polls. He also said he would step down if he loses the elections a...
Zimbabwe election: Will the loser accept the result?
2013-07-30 07:11:53 UTC
The answer - despite years of international mediation, an economy no longer in free-fall, a new constitution and an overwhelming public appetite for political change - appears to be veering dangerously towards a resounding "no".
In one corner, the Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has already...
Zimbabwe's elections explained
2013-07-30 07:04:16 UTC
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe will hold national elections to elect a new government. President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will face off in the contest for the third consecutive time after encounters in the 2002 and 2008 elections. But as things stand, there are other stakeholder...