Tanzania gov't kicking Maasai off land
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2013-03-30 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
UN chief proposes peacekeepers as option for Mali
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
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
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
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 ...