Africa

  • Obama to meet with Mandela family
    D683f6b49e821015360f6a7067005508 2013-06-29 08:46:37 UTC
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit privately Saturday with relatives of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but doesn't intend to see the critically ill anti-apartheid activist he has called a "personal hero." The White House did not disclose any det...

  • Barack Obama in South Africa amid vigils for Mandela
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-06-28 18:50:12 UTC
    Pretoria - US President Barack Obama has landed in South Africa, the second stop in his three-country tour of Africa. Mr Obama said earlier he did not expect to see former President Nelson Mandela, who is critically ill in hospital. Leaving Senegal, he told reporters on board Air Force One:...

  • Senegalese president defends anti-gay law
    Diaalnews 2013-06-28 17:51:40 UTC
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall defended his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality on Friday, a day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference. In an interview with The Associated Press, Sall said it was important for oth...

  • Obama uncertain about visit with Nelson Mandela
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-06-28 16:20:29 UTC
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama, in the midst of a historic tour of Africa, says he isn't certain about whether he'll be able to visit gravely ill Nelson Mandela when he arrives in South Africa. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Dakar, Senegal to Johan...

  • 'Emotional' Pistorius resumes track routine
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 2013-06-28 16:14:23 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A bearded and much skinnier Oscar Pistorius was "overcome with emotion" as he pulled on his carbon fiber running blades for his first track training since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his agent said. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top...

  • Obama sees a hopeful democratic example in Senegal
    Diaalnews 2013-06-27 05:13:03 UTC
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The hopeful story President Barack Obama wants to tell about Africa is represented in the first stop of his weeklong trip to re-engage the continent, in a country where democracy recently overcame an impending electoral crisis. During his visit to Senegal on Thursday, Oba...

  • Madiba: Our Beloved Father of Freedom We Salute You!
    Memories_of_nelson_mandela-_our_beloved_father_of_freedom_we_salute_you! 2013-06-27 06:26:56 UTC
    Summer solstice 2013, the longest day of the year, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela returns to critical care and the world prays the sun will not yet set on our beloved Father of Freedom. I use the term “our” beloved Father of Freedom, because the life and story behind Nelson Mandela is one that touche...

  • Obama making long-anticipated return to Africa
    822f5e9f42f5ce15350f6a7067009fb6 2013-06-26 10:16:28 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a long-anticipated return to Africa, with the health of former South African leader Nelson Mandela hanging over the visit. The first family is departing Wednesday for a weeklong trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania to promote democracy a...

  • South African archbishop prays for Nelson Mandela
    South_african_archbishop_prays_for_nelson_mandela 2013-06-26 07:17:59 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African archbishop who visited Nelson Mandela in a hospital has offered a prayer in which he wishes for a "peaceful, perfect, end" for the former president and anti-apartheid leader. There was no word early Wednesday on 94-year-old Mandela's condition, which was cri...

  • South Africa: Mandela family gathers at rural home
    E0ffa66921dcab15350f6a706700fcee 2013-06-25 19:30:13 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Members of Nelson Mandela's family and tribal elders gathered Tuesday at the former president's rural hometown in eastern South Africa, as concern grew for the leader who spent a third day in critical condition in a hospital, local media reported. The office of President Ja...

  • Nelson Mandela's other names
    Lessons_we_can_learn_from_nelson_mandela 2013-06-25 07:12:00 UTC
    Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sometimes called by other names with each having its own special meaning and story. Rolihlahla – This is Mandela’s birth name: it is an isiXhosa name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means “troublemaker”. His father gave him t...

  • Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, dies aged 95
    Nelson_mandela__south_africa's_first_black_president__dies_aged_95 2017-07-24 22:47:44 UTC
    <a href="http://www.global-gathering.com/news/13647"><h3>Follow: Nelson Mandela dead at 95</h3></a> <h3>Nelson Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to multi-racial democracy and will be mourned around the world</h3> JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle fo...

  • South Africa: Mandela ambulance had engine problem
    Nelson_mandela 2013-06-22 17:47:05 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An ambulance carrying Nelson Mandela to a hospital two weeks ago had engine trouble, so the 94-year-old was transferred to another ambulance for his journey to the hospital, the South African government said Saturday. Care was taken to ensure the condition of the former pre...

  • Islamists drive 19,000 farmers from north Nigeria
    Nigeria_violence_ap 2013-06-18 17:17:15 UTC
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants have driven 19,000 rice farmers from their land in northeast Nigeria while a military crackdown is preventing thousands more from working their fields, raising fears of imminent food shortages, officials warned Tuesday. Food shortages would a...

  • Zimbabwe 'Cattle Bank' takes deposits that moo
    Great_covid-19_divergence-_managing_an_equitable_recovery_in_zimbabwe_vs_canada 2013-06-18 17:07:55 UTC
    MARONDERA, Zimbabwe (AP) — William Mukurazita's deposit at the bank has four legs and moos. Zimbabwe's first "Cattle Bank" has just opened its books in a unique kind of banking where owners bring in their animals as collateral against cash loans. For many rural poor in this southern A...

  • Mali and Tuareg rebels to sign accord
    259272 2013-06-18 16:25:03 UTC
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The nation of Mali, which lost half its territory last year to rebels, has agreed to sign an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province, officials said Tuesday. The agreement is to be signed Tuesday afternoon in O...

  • Syrian refugees in Egypt hit by break in ties
    Pope_francis_equates_the_story_of_joseph_and_mary_to_the_current_refugee_crisis 2013-06-17 04:17:48 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The minute professional diver Mohammed Ibrahim, a Syrian, heard that Egypt's president had cut relations with Syria and closed its embassy, he jumped into a bus and traveled hundreds of kilometers (miles) from a Red Sea resort city to Cairo to try to get official papers for his l...

  • Egypt seen to give nod toward jihadis on Syria
    9de8f35f2a02e814340f6a706700283c 2013-06-17 04:16:44 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Under Hosni Mubarak's rule, Egypt's authorities took a tough line on Egyptians coming home after waging "jihad" in places like Afghanistan, Chechnya or the Balkans, fearing they would bring back extremist ideology, combat experience and a thirst for regime change. In most cases, ...

  • Hardline Egypt cleric sentenced for burning Bible
    51bdd62a056f2.preview-300 2013-06-16 17:20:29 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says a hardline Muslim cleric has received an 11-year suspended sentence for tearing up and burning a Bible. The Middle East News Agency says Cairo's Nasr City court sentenced Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, on Sunday for blasphemy. His son was giv...

  • Regional leaders urge Zimbabwe poll delay
    Mugabe_2554843i 2013-06-16 05:08:29 UTC
    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Regional presidents meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President Robert Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair elections, officials said Saturday. The summit t...

  • Egypt cuts relations with Syrian government
    0bfb9a140c8bd714340f6a70670086a0 2013-06-16 05:05:50 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Islamist president announced Saturday that he was cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and closing Damascus' embassy in Cairo, decisions made amid growing calls from hard-line Sunni clerics in Egypt and elsewhere to launch a "holy war" against Syria's embattled r...

  • Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen's capital
    Rt-20130615-152949 2013-06-16 05:02:28 UTC
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a Dutch couple is believed to have been kidnapped from the capital, Sanaa. The officials say police received a phone call that prompted them check on the couple in their apartment. They broke down the door after no one answered and found ...

  • US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat
    _67798419_plane 2013-06-15 16:38:01 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir official says a plane from Cairo bound for New York's John F. Kennedy airport has been forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up the aircraft. Chairman of EgyptAir Tawfiq Assi says flight 985 had around 3...

  • Tanzania albinos hope for more govt help
    19ab9b7aeee2c513340f6a7067006e26 2013-06-15 16:37:09 UTC
    KABANGA, Tanzania (AP) — As an infant in rural Tanzania, Angel Salvatory was unusual. Snow white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes set her apart from others in her village. Those unique looks have also made her a target. "Her father thought she was a gift from God," says Salvatory's mother...

  • In South Africa, talk of Mandela's mortality
    O-south-africa-nelson-mandela-facebook 2013-06-12 05:10:49 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room ...