Africa

  • Zimbabwe president says elections by July 31
    2013-05-31t124925z_1_ajoe94u0zmf00_rtroptp_2_ozatp-zimbabwe-elections-20130531 2013-06-02 16:27:23 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Sunday he will abide by a court ruling to hold crucial elections before the end of July despite objections from his rivals. Mugabe told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. traveling with him on trip to Japan he will convene p...

  • Ethiopia: Thousands protest political repression
    Ethiopian-muslims-protest-after-eid-al-adeha-prayer1 2013-06-02 16:26:13 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation. Protes...

  • Official: Dam will not significantly affect Egypt
    1-1 2013-06-02 16:19:11 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An independent panel of experts has concluded that the country's multi-billion dollar hydropower dam being built on the Nile River will not significantly affect Sudan and Egypt, countries that are highly dependent on the water of the world's longest river, said ...

  • Yemeni al-Qaida leader warns Americans on security
    Skynews_876760 2013-06-02 16:17:18 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The military leader of al-Qaida's Yemeni branch says Americans will not be safe unless their leaders respect the security of other nations and do not attack or oppress them. In a message addressed "to the American nation," Qassim al-Rimi, commander of al-Qaida in the Arabi...

  • Egypt: Court rules legislature illegally elected \
    94428c4d79ef9b12330f6a7067007794 2013-06-02 16:13:38 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists' hold on power. The ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court says that the leg...

  • Niger: Boko Haram prisoners tried to escape
    F18a76585d288c12330f6a7067000715 2013-06-02 15:58:46 UTC
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A Niger official says that members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram tried to escape from the central prison in Niamey on Saturday afternoon and killed two guards. Niger prosecutor Ibrahim Waziri said late Saturday night that three prisoners from the radical Isla...

  • Egypt's long-scorned legislature deepens rift
    8882d5655c698912330f6a706700cd9c 2013-06-02 05:04:40 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt's upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had always been for 30 years. Few candidates were known outside their families, parties or neighborhoods. Onl...

  • Drone crashes in Somalia's Puntland region
    Armed_predator-1 2013-06-02 05:00:23 UTC
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An official in the semiautonomous Puntland region of Somalia says a surveillance drone has crashed. Ports and Anti-piracy Minister Saeed Mohamed Rage said Saturday the drone crashed in Qaw village 20 kilometers (12miles) west of the port city of Bossasso. The Uni...

  • Gunmen attack central prison in Niger's capital
    Khan20130601165921083 2013-06-02 04:59:00 UTC
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen on Saturday attacked the central prison in Niger's capital, opening fire on the guards and killing at least two people, according to a government spokesman and a witness who was 200 meters (yards) from the prison when the incident occurred. It was not ...

  • Egypt blasts US warning over incidents at pyramids
    Us_abruptly_calls_off_retaliation_strike_against_iran 2013-06-01 16:57:54 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Antiquities' Ministry has criticized a U.S. Embassy message to American citizens in the country, urging them to be extra cautious because of recent incidents near the pyramids in Giza. A ministry statement on Saturday says the warning is "baseless." An embassy ...

  • 2 Egypt policemen in uprising case free from jail
    Abd9eb75b45c08082c0f6a7067009da6 2013-06-01 16:55:00 UTC
    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian judge on Saturday released from jail two policemen who were convicted of beating a young man to death in a killing that helped inspire the country's 2011 uprising. The move came after an appeals court earlier threw out the policemen's conviction and o...

  • In Somalia, some parents say no to polio vaccine
    Scientists-_an_experimental_vaccine_against_coronavirus_might_work 2013-06-01 16:26:29 UTC
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is frustrating health workers. Al-Shabab, the rebels linked to al...

  • Guards at Libyan oil field protest, force shutdown
    Diaal 2013-05-31 21:13:08 UTC
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Guards at a southern Libyan oil field have shut down the facility in protest over back pay and are demanding better living conditions, an oil official said Friday. The official from the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex said that 45 guards on Thursday forced the closure of the...

  • Rise of al-Qaida Sahara terrorist
    46b1f2c6e0e72911330f6a706700e7fa 2013-05-29 06:02:20 UTC
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida's North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn't answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense re...

  • Chinese teen defaces Egypt temple; sparks outcry
    Turkey_destroys_ancient_temples__just_like_isis 2013-05-29 05:17:16 UTC
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese teenager who defaced an ancient temple in Egypt with graffiti has come under fire at home where his vandalism prompted public fretting about how to cultivate a good image overseas as more newly affluent Chinese travel abroad. The teen scratched "Ding Jinhao visit...

  • 20 Tunisians convicted of attacking US Embassy
    969402-tunisia 2013-05-29 05:14:37 UTC
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The lawyer for the 20 Tunisians accused of attacking the U.S. Embassy in Tunis says they have been convicted and given two-year suspended sentences. On Sept. 14, a mob of several thousand attacked the embassy in response to an American-made film considered insulting to ...

  • SAfrica: Mandela daughter talks about her father
    De14434ee03e2611330f6a7067007d6f 2013-05-28 16:35:47 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, in the twilight of life, doesn't talk much anymore, his eldest daughter says. But the former South African president, who wrote of his regret at being unable to devote himself to his family during the fight against apartheid and afterward, reaches out in ...

  • Power outages add to Egypt's woes
    84ff0f25e02c2611330f6a706700ca3c 2013-05-28 16:30:11 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — When his neighborhood is plunged into darkness, high school student Maximos Youssef is forced to study for his year-end exams — critical in determining his future job prospects — by the light of a candle. Youssef says he is in no mood to learn, and the flame only makes swelt...

  • Mali sets date for presidential election in July
    Web_photo_mali_150513 2013-05-28 04:32:40 UTC
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government announced on Monday that much-anticipated presidential elections will be held July 28, in a communique that set the dates for the campaign period and a runoff election. The move suggests that the West African country is serious about holding the ballot,...

  • Morocco activist arrests up since charter
    0414_morocco_protest_full_600 2013-05-27 17:58:06 UTC
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Since Morocco's adoption of more democratic constitution during the Arab Spring, the arrest of political activists has increased, the country's main human rights group said Monday. Morocco prided itself for avoiding the turmoil of the Arab Spring by enacting reforms a...

  • Report: Pistorius fined for unpaid taxes
    62e97d5545cdaf11320f6a7067008ab3 2013-05-26 16:20:34 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was audited and fined for unpaid taxes after having to declare his assets during his bail hearing, a South African newspaper reported Sunday as the Olympian prepares for his first court appearance in nearly four months. The City Press newspaper said th...

  • Kenya: UK soldier killing suspect arrested in 2010
    470509-michael-adebolajo 2013-05-26 16:13:44 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A suspect in the savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 near the East African country's border with Somalia, an anti-terrorism police official said Sunday. Michael Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train...

  • Militants kill 6 in attack on Kenyan police posts
    Kaniisad.1 2013-05-26 16:10:25 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen believed to be Somali militants killed six people in an overnight attack on police posts near Kenya's border with Somalia, Kenya's police chief said Sunday. David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of Kenyan police, said two of the victims in the Saturday night a...

  • Ethiopian marathon runner honors Boston victims
    36452d500028261d5c9794ccaf32150a 2013-05-26 16:01:07 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The winner of the men's race at the Boston Marathon says he is returning his winner's medal to honor the city and those killed and injured in the terrorist bombings near the finish line of one of the world's top running events. Lelisa Desisa says sport should...

  • Burkina Faso soldiers in Mali worry about defense
    Images-9 2013-05-26 15:49:53 UTC
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — African soldiers in the fabled city of Timbuktu worry their equipment, training and circumstances are not adequate to defend against another takeover by Islamic extremists who know the terrain as a double bombing by radical elements has also threatened neighboring Ni...