Africa

  • 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 ...

  • Charges reinstated against alleged Somali pirate
    Somalia-piracy 2013-06-11 16:26:25 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has reinstated two charges against an alleged Somali pirate that had been dismissed by a lower court judge. Last year, U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle dismissed two hostage-taking charges against Ali Mohamed Ali, as well as a charge of conspira...

  • Egypt's opposition says 'too late' for unity talks
    F03b83a790817513340f6a706700d5df 2013-06-11 15:54:34 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's largest opposition grouping said Tuesday that calls by the president for national reconciliation talks come "too late," as activists geared up for a street protest campaign at the end of the month to demand his ouster. President Mohammed Morsi made the call during a ...

  • Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon
    A4da890090ba7613340f6a706700bcc5 2013-06-11 15:52:08 UTC
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class. Except that the students in this case were al-Qaida fighters in Mali. And the manual was a detailed guide, with diagrams and photog...

  • Egypt warns all options open for Ethiopia Nile dam
    E25dd1f5d7d4e812330f6a7067005451 2013-06-11 04:14:42 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Monday hardened his stance against Ethiopia and its construction of a Nile dam, warning that "all options are open" in dealing with the project that threatens to leave Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Speaking in a live televised speech before hu...

  • Zimbabwe top rights lawyer's trial begins
    Photo_1363717167405-1-0 2013-06-11 04:06:43 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The trial began Monday for a human rights lawyer who has defended political opponents of longtime President Robert Mugabe, as state prosecutors alleged she had obstructed justice and been unruly toward police officers. Beatrice Mtetwa is accused of using abusive l...

  • Mandela remains in serious but stable condition
    6b86945d71705c13340f6a70670070b3 2013-06-10 17:19:55 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was in serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital for the third day Monday with a recurring lung infection, and a foundation led by retired archbishop Desmond Tutu described the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero as an "extraordinary gift" to South A...

  • Egypt lawmakers lambast PM over Ethiopia dam
    Nile-river-dhows-560x372 2013-06-10 17:01:55 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Angry Egyptian lawmakers accused the country's prime minister and government on Monday of doing nothing to prevent Ethiopia from completing a dam that threatens to leave Nile-dependent Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Prime Minister Hesham Kandil had just finished addr...

  • South Africa: Mandela has lung infection
    C737a8db326b2613340f6a70670012f6 2013-06-09 05:04:14 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans on Saturday said their thoughts were with former President Nelson Mandela, who was in "serious but stable" condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who is 94 years old, was treated in a hospital se...

  • Sudan orders South Sudan oil pipeline closed
    1-3 2013-06-09 05:01:08 UTC
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's official news agency says the country's president has ordered the closure of pipelines exporting South Sudanese oil. The Sudan news agency SUNA quoted President Omar al-Bashir as telling a public rally in the capital Khartoum on Saturday that the move was i...

  • Yemen president warns al-Qaida seeks to rule again
    4e8a598a33b42c13340f6a7067008c5e 2013-06-09 04:44:09 UTC
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president said Saturday that al-Qaida militants in his country are trying to retake areas they once controlled in the south, but that a military offensive this week helped thwart those plans. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was speaking at the second round...

  • Africa hopes to speed up medicine approval systems
    Doctor 2013-06-09 04:42:16 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Bringing a new medicine to market in Africa requires 54 separate applications to each country on the continent, a time-intensive process that could be costing lives. African leaders are now trying to move toward a regional and eventually continentwide approach to spe...

  • Egypt's president dismisses calls for early vote
    D17fb0ca15961813340f6a706700e6e4 2013-06-08 06:18:48 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's embattled president on Friday dismissed calls for early presidential elections as clashes erupted in a northern Egyptian city and unidentified assailants torched a Cairo campaign headquarters of a youth group petitioning for Mohammed Morsi's removal from office. In t...

  • US waives condition on $1.3B in aid to Egypt
    8882d5655c698912330f6a706700cd9c 2013-06-07 16:33:51 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has waived the conditional human rights string attached to Egypt's $1.3 billion in U.S. military support for 2013. In a letter to Congress last month, Secretary of State John Kerry noted the Egyptian military's long partnership in promoting Mide...

  • Specifics elusive in Nigeria's extremist fight
    3023e5bbf356f012330f6a70670076e4 2013-06-07 04:38:09 UTC
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Military commanders promised a tour of this northeast Nigeria city, the birthplace of the nation's Islamic extremist insurgency, to show the busy streets and people selling fruits from wheelbarrows pressed right up against the road. But the scars of the almost t...

  • Heavy security in Tunisia to protect Erdogan
    6edd13add890ec12330f6a7067005654 2013-06-06 17:48:14 UTC
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As Turkey's leader visited Tunisia on Thursday, two small demonstrations took place in Tunis in support of the anti-government protests taking place in Turkey. But no violence was reported as Tunisia's military protected the Turkish Embassy. Armored vehicles backed by s...

  • Kenyan joy: Britain "regrets" colonial abuse
    D293255ff572fa12330f6a7067004c1b 2013-06-06 17:47:13 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The wrinkled faces of the elderly Kenyans who gathered in a downtown Nairobi hotel registered gratitude, relief and joy Thursday as Britain's high commissioner said what many waited decades to hear. Britain said it "sincerely regrets" the acts of torture a British c...

  • Strike at Egypt's main airport disrupts flights
    130518060512_108635207_(2) 2013-06-05 17:07:08 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — A senior aviation official says striking workers at the Cairo international airport's largest terminal are blocking airplanes on the tarmac and disrupting flights. Abdel-Aziz Fadel says the workers have occupied taxiing areas near runways, forcing passengers to board and disemba...

  • Uganda's long-time ruler changes tune on longevity
    4fc5129cd754e612330f6a7067004604 2013-06-05 16:50:53 UTC
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president came to power in 1986 as an idealistic former Marxist rebel who denounced power-hungry African leaders. Nearly three decades later, President Yoweri Museveni is now accused by some in the opposition — and others who served prominently under him — ...

  • After Liberia massacre, a neglected mass grave
    Pirhayati20130516162544630 2013-06-04 17:05:45 UTC
    CARTER CAMP, Liberia (AP) — Birds twittering in the trees are among the few signs of life in Carter Camp, an abandoned former workers' housing compound now overgrown with untamed grass, where hundreds of bodies are buried in an unmarked mass grave. Twenty years ago this week, one of the ...

  • Egypt sentences 5 foreigners to death over drugs
    Drugs-gun-knife 2013-06-03 16:26:06 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced five foreigners including a British sailor to death on Monday after they were convicted of drug smuggling, a court official says. The official says the court in Red Sea Province ruled the defendants were "an international gang" that tried to smugg...

  • African warlord Kony poaching elephants to survive
    Diaalnews 2013-06-03 16:24:29 UTC
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Members of a militia run by fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony are killing elephants across Central Africa to support Kony's struggling group, according to a report by watchdog organizations that are urging the expansion of programs to encourage defections from th...

  • UK envoy says BP committed to Algeria after attack
    Algeria-plant_2454516b 2013-06-02 16:33:40 UTC
    Algiers, ALGERIA (AP) — The British ambassador to Algeria says oil and gas giant BP is committed to the country despite delaying two projects after the January terrorist attack on a gas installation that left 37 hostages and 29 militants dead. The ambassador, Martyn Roper, said there had bee...