Child soldiers patrol C. African Republic capital
2013-04-20 16:50:17 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — As fighters in fatigues lounge in the shade of the rebel camp in the capital of Central African Republic, a boy jumps up to greet visitors with a wide toothy grin. He says he is 14 and joined the rebels three months ago.
It is the wrong ...
French family of 7 taken hostage in Cameroon freed
2013-04-19 16:37:09 UTC
DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — A French family with four young children kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamic extremists in northern Cameroon was freed after two months in captivity, returning Friday to safety in the Cameroonian capital.
Cameroonian television showed the family of seven —...
Group suspends Congo for lack of disclosure
2013-04-18 16:38:34 UTC
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative says it is suspending Congo's membership for a year over failures to disclose all mineral and oil revenues.
A statement Thursday says that despite "significant progress" the country still has not presented reliable ...
Zimbabwe president: No interference in new polls
2013-04-18 16:30:21 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At Zimbabwe's independence celebrations, President Robert Mugabe said Thursday his nation won't accept outside interference in crucial elections later this year and urged Zimbabweans to vote peacefully to confound foreign critics.
In an unusually short ...
Ansar Dine spokesman seeks surrender
2013-04-18 16:24:09 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokesman for an al-Qaida-linked group in northern Mali wants to surrender and be extradited to face trial in his home country of Mauritania, according to a news agency there.
The Noukachott Information Agency, or ANI, posted the report late Wednesday saying ...
Nigeria sets up Islamic extremist amnesty group
2013-04-17 17:31:16 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria formed a panel that will create an amnesty program for Islamic extremists to try to quell a bloody guerrilla campaign of bombings and shootings that's killed hundreds of people across its north, the government said Wednesday.
The 26-person panel,...
C. African Republic rebels refuge at swank hotel
2013-04-17 17:23:20 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Rebel fighters in Central African Republic seized the presidential palace when they overtook the capital in March, though when it came to setting up shop they set their sights a bit loftier: the city's sole luxury hotel.
With no advance ...
Egypt releases $600 million to meet import needs
2013-04-15 04:21:47 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's central bank conducted an exceptionally large foreign exchange auction on Sunday, selling $600 million to banks that urgently need money to pay for basic imports like wheat and materials for industry and medicine.
The central bank said in a statement that ...
16 killed in attack on Somali Supreme Court
2013-04-14 17:09:42 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Nine al-Shabab Islamic extremists, most wearing suicide vests, stormed Somalia's main court complex on Sunday while the Supreme Court was in session, firing a barrage of bullets during a running gun battle with security forces that lasted two hours, offi...
Congo: 12 army officers to be charged with rapes
2013-04-14 04:13:16 UTC
GOMA, Congo (AP) — A dozen senior officers in the Congolese army have been arrested for responsibility for mass rapes committed by several army units in eastern Congo in November 2012, Congolese Justice Minister Wivine Mumba told The Associated Press Saturday.
The arrests come mo...
Mubarak appears in Egyptian court for retrial
2013-04-14 04:11:49 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The judge in Hosni Mubarak's retrial recused himself at the start of the first session on Saturday, citing a conflict of interest as the former Egyptian president appeared in court for the first time in 10 months grinning and waving to supporters.
The recusal threw ...
Sudan is supporting rebels in South Sudan
2013-04-13 16:52:32 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Sudan has supplied weapons and ammunition to rebels fighting neighboring South Sudan's government, says a report from the Small Arms Survey, an independent Swiss research group.
Sudan denies having links to rebels led by David Yau Yau, who is based in t...
Ancient creature mixed human, apelike traits
2013-04-13 16:11:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have gained new insights into an extinct South African creature with an intriguing mix of human and apelike traits, and apparently an unusual way of walking. But they still haven't pinned down where it fits on our evolutionary family tree.
It will take ...
Egypt relaxes foreign currency rules
2013-04-13 15:29:28 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, which is in need of foreign currency, is relaxing its rules on how much cash air travelers can bring into the nation.
Egyptian airport officials say that beginning Saturday passengers will be allowed to declare more than $10,000 in foreign currency upon arr...
IMF recognizes Somalia after 22 years of chaos
2013-04-13 05:00:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund announced Friday that it is recognizing Somalia's new government after a 22-year break in relations with the once-chaotic country, part of a general push by the United States, United Nations and the West toward encouraging rehabi...
Sudan, South Sudan to open border, resume oil
2013-04-12 19:31:35 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president says he and Sudan's president have agreed to a resumption of oil exports and border trade.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir traveled to South Sudan on Friday for the first time since the south peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011.
Malawian government harshly criticizes Madonna
2013-04-11 04:57:16 UTC
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna on Wednesday, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and unreasonably demanding special treatment during her tour there last week.
The pop star denied the acc...
Dispute over Mandela companies
2013-04-10 16:10:39 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African newspaper says the children of Nelson Mandela have launched a court case against several longtime associates of the former president in a dispute over the control of two companies.
The Star says the case was filed Monday in the Johannesburg High Cour...
Did Thatcher help or hinder apartheid?
2013-04-10 05:43:40 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nineteen years after the end of apartheid, South Africans are still passionately divided over whether Margaret Thatcher helped or hindered the cruel system of white rule and prolonged the incarceration of Nelson Mandela.
The heated discussions triggered by Tha...
US clears way to arm, train Somali forces
2013-04-09 05:43:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday for the U.S. to arm and train Somali forces, taking a step toward normal relations with the East African nation as it works to build confidence in its newly recognized government.
In a memo to Secretary of State J...
Bare-breasted Tunisian feminist fears for her life
2013-04-07 16:28:33 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A 19-year-old Tunisian who bared her breasts and taunted Muslim hard-liners said this weekend that she now fears for her life and wants to take refuge abroad.
The woman known only as Amina appeared in photos on Facebook last month with the words "My body...
Christian mourners, mob, police clash in Egypt
2013-04-07 16:13:30 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — A mob threw rocks and fired birdshot Sunday at several hundred Christians marching in a protest against Egypt's Islamist government after the funeral of four Christians killed in sectarian clashes over the weekend.
The Christians were chanting slogans against Isla...
South Africa: Mandela discharged from the hospital
2013-04-07 07:58:45 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital on Saturday following treatment for pneumonia, the presidency said in news that cheered South Africans who had waited tensely for health updates on a beloved national figure.
Mandela, the anti-apartheid...
Warlord Kony under pressure to free women
2013-04-05 16:40:13 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony is jettisoning women and children in a possible desperate bid to keep his weakened group lean and mobile, an expert said Friday, after three women freed by the Lord's Resistance Army arrived home in Uganda after spending years...
US authorities arrest former navy chief
2013-04-05 16:04:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities operating at sea have arrested a former navy chief of the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau who is suspected of being a kingpin in the international drug trade, a law enforcement official said Friday.
Four other people also were apprehended, ac...