Africa

  • Egypt court rules against religious slogans
    Mideast_egypt5 2013-05-25 17:43:59 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled against parts of an election law approved by the Islamist-led legislature that had lifted a long-standing ban on the use of religious slogans during campaigning. The court on Saturday said in its decision that not explicitly banning...

  • Kerry makes sub-Saharan Africa visit
    Kerry-iran-arms-syria-risk-to-iraq-aid 2013-05-25 17:32:23 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work hard in the coming months to ease tensions between Sudan ...

  • Egypt's languishing Islamic antiquities
    Dc6fdf784704b411320f6a706700e32f 2013-05-24 04:19:23 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Cairo, the Arab world's most populated city, is often referred to as an open-air museum of Islamic antiquities and the city of 1,000 minarets. But its rich history and contributions to Islamic art has languished. The city has seen some of its most beautiful antiquities l...

  • 'BOOM TOWN BABY': African stock markets see gains
    Us_stocks_waver__euro_dives_on_greece_turmoil 2013-05-22 17:00:40 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The barrage of hourly tweets sent out by Aly-Khan Satchu — East Africa's version of CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer — cheers on what Satchu says is a growing sentiment among investors: If you're not investing in Africa, you should be. Or as Satchu loudly proclaims o...

  • New Egypt tax law: cuts for poor, business hikes
    2013-05-13t165959z_1_cbre94c1b8200_rtroptp_3_oukwd-uk-egypt-taxes 2013-05-21 17:33:38 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has signed a new tax law that cuts the amount paid by poorer Egyptians while increasing taxes on small and medium-sized businesses. The interim parliament approved the law last week. President Mohammed Morsi signed it Tuesday, his office said. The measure is...

  • Cairo airport baggage handlers end strike
    Cairo_airport__terminal_1.jpg.1000x297x1 2013-05-19 17:16:39 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport officials say baggage handlers have resumed work after a strike that left passengers on 20 international flights from Europe and Arab countries waiting several hours for luggage. Baggage handlers went on strike Saturday afternoon to demand stronger safety measu...

  • 'Britain's Obama' urges ties with West Africa
    Ay56406358mp_chuka_umunna_p 2013-05-19 17:06:43 UTC
    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A rising star in Britain's Labour Party, described by some as the "British Barack Obama," Chuka Umunna urged the United Kingdom to more aggressively forge ties with West Africa's fast-growing economies. During a trade mission to West Africa last week that included a s...

  • Tunisia security blocks salafi conference
    22b32ad0c9784b10320f6a7067006070 2013-05-19 17:05:30 UTC
    KAIROUAN, Tunisia (AP) — Massive numbers of Tunisian police and army surrounded Tunisia's religious center of Kairouan to prevent a conference by a radical Islamist movement that has been implicated in attacks around the country. Security check points on the roads and patrols inside the ...

  • Kenya police kill "terror couple"
    3745947791912805 2013-05-19 17:02:08 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police shot dead a couple suspected to be terrorists after they threw four grenades, wounding five officers in an overnight stand-off, a police official said Sunday. Following a tip, investigators raided the apartment where the couple was staying in the Githurai K...

  • Ivory Coast army arrests militia leader
    2013-05-19t071409z_1_ajoe94i0k3o00_rtroptp_2_ozatp-ivory-coast-arrests-militia-chief-accused-ov 2013-05-19 16:42:18 UTC
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A militia leader accused of grave crimes during Ivory Coast's 2010-11 postelection violence was taken into custody Saturday not far from the national park where his forces had been illegally occupying in the country's volatile western region, officials said. ...

  • Journalist found dead in eastern Congo
    Congo17143_2 2013-05-18 16:43:17 UTC
    GOMA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese official says the body of a journalist was found on the bank of the Ngezi River near the provincial capital of Bunia in eastern Congo. Bunia Mayor Ferdinand Fimbo said Saturday that the body of Guylain Chanjabo was found Friday night and that a doctor said it ...

  • Egypt security forces clash with Cairo protesters
    9078451c8ca52010320f6a706700a74d 2013-05-18 16:38:08 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them in central Cairo, hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and demanding early presidential elections. The Fri...

  • Egyptians targeted with blasphemy charges
    B41480438c7b1f10320f6a706700061a 2013-05-18 16:35:46 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The pale, young Christian woman sat handcuffed in the courtroom, accused of insulting Islam while teaching history of religions to fourth-graders. A team of Islamist lawyers with long beards sang in unison, "All except the Prophet Muhammad." The case against Dimyana Abdel...

  • Politics, bribery charges swirl around Ugandan oil
    Uganda-oil-001 2013-05-18 16:23:28 UTC
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Even before the first drops flow, Uganda's oil sector is beset by bribery allegations against officials, tax-related cases abroad that cost the government millions in legal fees, and the alleged interference of a president whose firm control of the sector worries tr...

  • Nigeria military declares 24-hour curfew in city
    Curfew 2013-05-18 16:04:08 UTC
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military declared a 24-hour curfew Saturday on neighborhoods in a northeastern city that's the spiritual home of an Islamic extremist network as soldiers continued the government's emergency campaign against insurgents in the region. A statement Satu...

  • Zimbabwe PM confident he'll oust Mugabe in vote
    Mugabe%e2%80%99s_wife_sued_a_man_for_not_delivering_a__1.35_million_wedding_anniversary_ring 2013-05-17 17:28:42 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday he is poised to sweep to victory in upcoming presidential elections and return the nation to the world community after years of isolation. "We are going to be new brooms" for change, he told about 500 party ...

  • Hints of political change on horizon in Algeria
    Algeria%e2%80%99s_president_quits_after_six_weeks_of_mass_protests 2013-05-17 16:43:59 UTC
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Arab Spring may finally be en route to Algeria. With the president in a French hospital recovering from a stroke, the generation of aging politicians and generals that has run Africa's largest country for a half-century is reaching its end. Adding to the mix...

  • 7 Egyptian security personnel abducted in Sinai
    F5e1f3f16d0d0410320f6a706700ec6a 2013-05-16 18:29:15 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Suspected militants in Egypt's Sinai abducted seven security personnel as they headed to Cairo for holidays early Thursday, security officials said. It was the first such kidnapping of security forces in the lawless peninsula. The officials said masked gunmen ambushed two ...

  • Warplanes, troops in NE Nigeria, mobile phones cut
    Boko-haram-terror-sweeps--008 2013-05-16 18:25:31 UTC
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Mobile phone service was cut off Thursday in areas of northeast Nigeria as jet fighters streaked through the sky and more soldiers were deployed to fight Islamic extremists waging a brutal insurgency. Witnesses saw low-flying Nigerian jet fighters over Yola, the...

  • US criticizes Egyptian action against youth leader
    8378263 2013-05-14 05:58:53 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blasting Egyptian authorities for detaining a prominent youth movement leader on possible charges including "incitement to protest" and insulting the government's interior minister. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the acti...

  • Nigeria extremists say they kidnap women, children
    Polio_2474990b 2013-05-13 17:44:24 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country's government, according to a video released Monday. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Sheka...

  • Africa is riskiest place to be born, report says
    B3f9e0ba56bc2b0f310f6a706700879f 2013-05-13 05:12:12 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million babies die the day they are born every year, and the 14 countries with the highest rates of first-day deaths are all in Africa, according to a new report released Tuesday. Somalia, Congo, Mali, Sierra Leone and Central African Republic...

  • Party's withdrawal threatens Moroccan govt
    Moroccos-istiqlal-party-members-threaten-to-withdraw-from-the-coalition-government 2013-05-12 17:05:16 UTC
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's second largest political party has announced it is withdrawing from the Islamist-led government elected during the Arab Spring and leaving its fate up to the king, a party spokesman said Sunday. The move by Istiqlal is the first time in Morocco th...

  • Mubarak retrial in Egypt to include new evidence
    D510b3b07196ed0c2e0f6a706700dc7d 2013-05-11 17:00:41 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Saturday, with prosecutors requesting to present new evidence from a fact-finding commission's report that claims the ex-leader had full knowledge of the extent of the violence used against protesters. ...

  • Newspaper strike hits flamboyant Nigeria publisher
    165cea75b428770f310f6a70670035eb 2013-05-10 17:12:43 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Known for bringing in celebrities and smiling in photographs next to former Western leaders, a flamboyant Nigerian newspaper publisher now faces a challenge from his most vocal critics — his own employees. Workers have barricaded the front of ThisDay newspap...