Africa

  • Tanzania gov't kicking Maasai off land
    1-massai-herd-2 2013-04-05 15:56:04 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's government is preparing to kick Maasai tribesmen off cattle-grazing land near the country's most famous wildlife park and will instead allow a hunting company from the United Arab Emirates to take control of it, groups and community members trying to raise a...

  • Ivory Coast begins exhuming mass graves
    Img_6094_1 2013-04-04 17:06:16 UTC
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast officials on Thursday began exhuming dozens of mass graves dating back to the country's 2011 postelection violence, as a new report accused President Alassane Ouattara of failing to bring his supporters to justice for crimes they allegedly committed d...

  • US yanks Cairo embassy Twitter feed
    160826_mainimg 2013-04-03 16:33:51 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has at least temporarily shut down its Twitter feed following an unusual diplomatic incident involving "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and the Egyptian government. U.S. officials say the embassy's Twitter account was taken offline on Wednesda...

  • Sudan should face war crimes charges
    Sudan-nuba-mountains-south-sudan-war-bombing-01-20110713 2013-04-03 15:57:26 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.S. based advocacy group alleged in a new report Wednesday that Sudan's government has committed war crimes since mid-2011 in two of its southern states near the border with South Sudan. The Enough Project said that two years of eyewitness reports, photos, vid...

  • US to offer $5 million bounty on Kony
    Kony-1-e1331864538840 2013-04-03 15:25:24 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Obama administration will offer up to $5 million in rewards for information leading to the capture of Lord's Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony, two of his top aides and a Rwandan rebel leader suspected of crimes against humanity. The State Departm...

  • New Central African Republic gov't faces criticism
    52cb963582ce6c0a2d0f6a706700ecd0 2013-04-02 16:40:06 UTC
    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — An alliance of opposition parties says it's withdrawing from the new government created only days ago by self-appointed President Michel Djotodia. Djotodia, whose rebel fighters overthrew the country's president of a decade about a week ago, had annou...

  • Madonna touches down in Malawi
    91d85a7dff61d00a2d0f6a706700ff7f 2013-04-01 18:15:18 UTC
    BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Local residents say that U.S. pop diva Madonna has arrived in Malawi for an unannounced visit. An aviation department worker said Madonna's jet landed at the Kamuzu International Airport in the country's capital, Lilongwe, early Monday. It was not clear if she ...

  • Al-Qaida takes responsibility for Timbuktu attack
    Mali3_1671387a 2013-04-01 17:38:25 UTC
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida's local chapter took responsibility for an attack on Timbuktu this weekend, as French and Malian forces Monday continued to hunt down the jihadists who infiltrated the ancient, northern Malian town. The claim of responsibility and the boldness of the attack...

  • Islamic extremists attack Timbuktu in north Mali
    740064cae021b60a2d0f6a706700b7a3 2013-03-31 15:23:05 UTC
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Timbuktu has been hit by a prolonged battle between Islamic extremists and the Malian and French armies, residents and a Malian military spokesman said Sunday. Fighters linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, attacked the city in northern Mali late Satu...

  • Egypt issues arrest warrant for TV satirist
    A03a5a1dc0e09d0a2d0f6a7067005ed4 2013-03-31 04:47:37 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's leader, in a move that government opponents say is aimed at silencing critics of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The arrest warrant for ag...

  • Suicide bomber, landmines rock northern Mali
    515754fb9baa0.preview-300 2013-03-31 04:10:19 UTC
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A suicide bomber attempted to force his way past the defenses of the city of Timbuktu on Saturday, detonating himself on its outskirts, while a landmine exploded in another part of northern Mali, killing a total of three, officials said. The twin attacks come as Fr...

  • Algeria's southern unemployed demand oil jobs
    26d6becdc1359e0a2d0f6a706700a5bd 2013-03-30 15:12:24 UTC
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protests by the unemployed in southern Algeria are raising the specter of rising unrest in the country's sensitive oil regions, and are increasingly attracting the attention of al-Qaida. Algeria's vast, sparsely populated Sahara only holds 10 percent of th...

  • Attacks leave more than 50 dead in central Nigeria
    628x471 2013-03-30 15:10:13 UTC
    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Attacks on villages surrounding a central Nigerian city at the heart of unrest between Christians and Muslims have killed more than 50 people this week, officials said Saturday, as authorities pleaded for peace over the Easter holiday. The attacks around Jos, ...

  • Kenya Supreme Court upholds election result
    2013-03-29t111823z_3_cbre92r1hxn00_rtroptp_2_cnews-us-kenya-elections 2013-03-30 15:05:35 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's Supreme Court on Saturday upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's next president, ending an election season that riveted the nation amid fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 postelection violence. Saturday's verdict — following a drawn-out...

  • Clashes erupt in 2 cities in northern Egypt
    Violent-clashes-erupt-in--010 2013-03-29 16:29:02 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Clashes have erupted in two cities in northern Egypt, the latest demonstrations held against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Hundreds of unidentified assailants threw stones and fire bombs at protesters rallying against Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Friday in the M...

  • South Sudan military says 163 killed in clashes
    Soldiers-drive-in-a-truck-008 2013-03-29 05:04:05 UTC
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A battle between South Sudan soldiers and rebels allegedly backed by neighboring Sudan killed 163 people, most of them rebels, government officials said Thursday. South Sudan's military spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, said government forces also captured an...

  • SAfrica: Mandela responds positively to treatment
    Diaalnews 2013-03-28 23:57:42 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was back in the hospital for the third time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African president was reported to be responding well to treatment for a chronic lung infection. South Africa's presidency said that doctors were acti...

  • South Africa: Mandela making progress in hospital
    212e66a582726a0a2d0f6a70670078ce 2013-03-29 16:09:46 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is making "steady progress" while being treated for a recurring lung infection and he had a full breakfast on Friday, South African authorities said. The office of President Jacob Zuma released a statement in which it said the former presiden...

  • Divers caught while cutting Internet cable
    Pd62488979_mideast_2498748b 2013-03-28 05:01:28 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. Telecommunications executives meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ...

  • Abducted Israeli, Norwegian set free in Egypt
    Url-4 2013-03-27 04:44:50 UTC
    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Israeli and a Norwegian tourist abducted last week by Bedouin gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released early on Tuesday, security officials said. The tourists were seized last Friday along a main road in Sinai and were held in the peninsula's ...

  • Rwandan warlord pleads not guilty of Congo crimes
    20b531a544b73a0a2d0f6a706700a070 2013-03-27 04:43:03 UTC
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Rwandan-born warlord known as "The Terminator" insisted Tuesday he is innocent of charges including murder, rape, pillaging and using child soldiers in eastern Congo at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court. Bosco Ntaganda...

  • UN chief proposes peacekeepers as option for Mali
    061012_united_nations_logo 2013-03-27 04:23:52 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed a U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali with 11,200 troops working alongside a non-U.N. force that would conduct major combat and counter-terrorism operations against Islamic extremists Tuesday as one option to maintain secur...

  • Egyptian blogger accused of violence released
    9ac77228462d410a2d0f6a70670010e0 2013-03-26 20:07:54 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a prominent Egyptian blogger Tuesday after he refused to cooperate with prosecutors over allegations of instigating violence against the country's most powerful Islamist group in comments posted on social media. The blogger, Alaa Abde...

  • South Africa signs deals with Russia, China
    3b8f1bb145ed400a2d0f6a706700fc7c 2013-03-26 20:05:13 UTC
    DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa signed a raft of agreements with Russia and China on Tuesday, from maintenance for Russian helicopters in Africa to exchanges of solar and nuclear technology, as leaders of the five-nation BRICS forum of emerging market powers prepared to ...

  • US eyes anti-piracy effort along west Africa coast
    A0e8344745bc3f0a2d0f6a706700e7ef 2013-03-26 16:43:34 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa's west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida's most dangerous ...