Africa

  • Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objects
    7662532a7546420f310f6a706700b052 2013-05-08 16:34:54 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean's currents. Kenya's Ocean Sole sandal recycling company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of use...

  • Report: Africa is riskiest place to be born
    Diaalnews 2013-05-08 07:11:44 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 are the five cou...

  • Officers in Congo benefitting from mineral trade
    Bits-of-gold 2013-05-07 17:59:31 UTC
    GOMA, Congo (AP) — Armed groups and high-ranking officers in the Congolese and Burundian armies are continuing to benefit from the illegal mineral trade in eastern Congo, despite international efforts to clean up the supply chain, according to a report published Tuesday ...

  • WWF: Seleka rebels from CAR invade elephant park
    517dc66ee3185_preview-300 2013-05-07 17:54:26 UTC
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The WWF said in a statement that suspected poachers belonging to the Seleka rebel group have entered one of Africa's most unique elephant habitats in the Central African Republic, and park guards saw them shooting in the direction of elephants. According to the WW...

  • Scientist: Cassava disease spread at alarming rate
    Cbsd-infected-cassava_full 2013-05-07 17:39:55 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Scientists say a disease destroying entire crops of cassava has spread out of East Africa into the heart of the continent, is attacking plants as far south as Angola and now threatens to move west into Nigeria, the world's biggest producer of the potato-like r...

  • Ethiopian Air wants compensation for 787 grounding
    Chi-boeing-telling-airlines-it-expects-787-fix-001 2013-05-07 17:38:54 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines said Tuesday that his company will seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes. Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press that his company will soon start discussions with Boeing o...

  • In CAR, diamonds are a rebel's best friend
    9d339412391c190f310f6a7067004404 2013-05-06 18:24:28 UTC
    NDELE, Central African Republic (AP) — Armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles, Seleka rebels who ousted Central African Republic's president six weeks ago are solidifying their control over the country's lucrative diamond industry and have even been selling some of th...

  • Central African Republic to probe ousted leader
    Images 2013-05-05 17:21:28 UTC
    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's interim government says it is investigating what it claims are human rights abuses committed under the rule of deposed president Francois Bozize. Justice Minister Arsene Senda, speaking on state radio Saturday, said he instr...

  • SAfrica losing battle against corruption
    Images_(1) 2013-05-04 06:01:22 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is fighting a losing battle against corruption which sucked up nearly 1 billion rand ($111 million) in taxpayers' money last year, according to a new report that contradicts government statements that efforts to stamp out financial misconduct are going well....

  • Contracts awarded in Liberia violate law
    Liberia 2013-05-03 17:33:49 UTC
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The Liberian government awarded about $8 billion in contracts to multinational companies without following its own laws, according to a draft of a new audit that reviewed dozens of deals. Critics say the way the government granted concessions for timber, mining...

  • 133k Somalia famine child deaths
    797377a15ff46d0e300f6a7067005d7f 2013-05-02 18:47:21 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A decision by extremist Islamic militants to ban delivery of food aid and a "normalization of crisis" that numbed international donors to unfolding disaster made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011. The first in-depth ...

  • Rhino population wiped out in Mozambique
    0cbd35fabcdbb60e300f6a706700903f 2013-05-02 18:45:54 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique's rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, the beasts again are on the brink of vanishing from the country by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia. A leading expert told The...

  • Activist to be tried for insulting Egypt president
    E400d8ffbcedb70e300f6a7067001d5a 2013-05-02 18:44:24 UTC
    TANTA, Egypt (AP) — Prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country's president in a TV interview, a prosecutor said Thursday. Douma is to stand trial on Sunday — less than a week after being arrested. He is the f...

  • French arrest jihadist convert in Mali
    1328530515515_364760507 2013-04-30 18:58:13 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — The French military spokesman says French forces in Mali have arrested a French citizen who converted to Islam, took on the jihadist cause and threatened France in a video last fall. Col. Thierry Burkhard said Tuesday that Gilles Le Guen was arrested this week north of Timbuktu,...

  • A terrorist sleeper cell dismantled in Mali
    3860c89c5ec88a3e31ac3ea93a56d9cb6b292af7 2013-04-30 18:54:53 UTC
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police in Mali's capital have dismantled a terrorist cell belonging to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, three officials confirmed on Tuesday. The presence of the cell confirms fears that the jihadist groups, which sprang up last year in n...

  • Mandela appears an ailing man in video
    6da330266109720e300f6a706700d0a2 2013-04-30 06:13:06 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela "in good shape and in good spirits" Monday, but a video of his encounter with the ailing anti-apartheid icon belies those cheery words, showing him with a vacant look on his face. It's been more than th...

  • Excited cheetah grazes face of Botswana president
    2.cheetah_mother_and_2_cubs_captured_near_reserve 2013-04-29 16:30:20 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An overexcited cheetah jumped up from behind a fence and scratched the face of Botswana's President Ian Khama, causing minor injuries, the southern African leader's spokesman said Monday. It was "a freak accident, not an attack," spokesman Jeff Ramsay told The Assoc...

  • Report: 260,000 died in Somali famine
    1b3801d65ff46d0e300f6a70670016be 2013-04-29 16:13:21 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates, officials told The Associated Press. The aid community believes that te...

  • Egypt court turns down Mubarak's release request
    Mubarak 2013-04-28 17:30:25 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says a court has turned down deposed President Hosni Mubarak's request to be released from prison during an investigation into corruption charges. The news agency MENA says the Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday ordered Mubarak to remain in jail for 15 day...

  • Algeria president sent to Paris after mini-stroke
    Images 2013-04-28 16:44:10 UTC
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's president was transferred to Paris for medical treatment following a mini-stroke and tests show he isn't seriously ill, the state news agency reported Sunday. Abdelaziz Bouteflika had a brief blockage of a blood vessel known as a transient ischemic attack an...

  • Ethiopia flies first Dreamliner since grounding
    E1f2c9b0226d3f0e300f6a7067000d8e 2013-04-27 17:52:48 UTC
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January. The Boeing ...

  • Egypt casts wide net for billions to fill coffers
    5e4ab581e4d6100d300f6a706700f818 2013-04-26 06:40:49 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — During a meeting in a Black Sea resort city, Egypt's president and members of his government turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked for a sizable loan, according to Putin aide. Egypt's Mohammed Morsi appealed to Moscow and Cairo's past ties, recalling how the...

  • South Africa: Tutu admitted to hospital
    Diaalnews 2013-04-24 16:24:56 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African foundation says retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has checked into a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a persistent infection. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate will undergo tests to discover the cause of the i...

  • At least 185 killed in Nigeria attack
    E0342ef084e3b80d2f0f6a70670084ed 2013-04-22 04:40:03 UTC
    BAGA, Nigeria (AP) — Fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation's far northeast, officials said Sunday, an attack that saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into nei...

  • West Africa piracy takes root in Nigeria
    Nigerian-navy-counter-piracy-demonstration-warboats-org 2013-04-20 16:51:39 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The piracy targeting the coast of West Africa takes root in the oil-slicked creeks of Nigeria's southern delta, where militants steal millions of dollars of crude with the apparent help of security agencies, experts said Saturday. While the attacks targe...