Egypt's Morsi warns against foreign meddling
2013-03-26 16:34:39 UTC
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Egypt's Islamist president has warned he will deal "firmly" and "decisively" with any foreign attempt to meddle in the affairs of his country, mired in turmoil for most of the two years since Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
Mohammed Morsi says Egypt does not interfere in oth...
Chimps, gorillas, other apes struggling to survive
2013-03-26 05:18:04 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — A U.N. report says the multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife that has driven iconic creatures like the tiger to near-extinction is also threatening the survival of great apes.
Endangered chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos are disappearing fro...
C. African Republic president flees to Cameroon
2013-03-25 20:16:03 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The president of the Central African Republic fled the country for Cameroon after rebels overran the capital of the impoverished nation long wracked by rebellions.
South Africa said Monday that 13 of its soldiers were killed in fighting with rebels, prompting critic...
Jolie meets with women, girls in eastern Congo
2013-03-25 16:59:39 UTC
GOMA, Congo (AP) — Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant.
Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
C. African Republic president overthrown by rebels
2013-03-25 04:16:30 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Rebels overthrew Central African Republic's president of a decade on Sunday, seizing the presidential palace and declaring that the desperately poor country has "opened a new page in its history." The country's president fled the capital, wh...
Pilot whales beach in South Africa
2013-03-24 17:27:42 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Six of 19 pilot whales that were stranded Sunday on a beach in the South African city of Cape Town have died and authorities said they planned to euthanize some of the surviving whales.
Police and other rescue workers had hosed down the surviving whales at...
Egypt's president warns may move to protect nation
2013-03-24 17:24:41 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president delivered a stern warning to his opponents on Friday, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to "protect this nation" two days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protesters fought street battles in the worst bout o...
Rebels enter C. African Republic capital
2013-03-24 04:59:44 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Hundreds of rebels penetrated the capital of Central African Republic on Saturday, posing the gravest threat to President Francois Bozize's government in a decade. In at least one part of the city, the insurgents faced resistance and were b...
Morocco Islamists struggle with coalition rule
2013-03-24 04:51:05 UTC
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — After just over a year in power, Morocco's Islamist-led government is struggling to fulfill the high hopes brought on by its election in 2011 on promises to fight corruption, provide for the needy and reform the country.
Working within a coalition of ofte...
Egypt officials negotiating to free 2 tourists
2013-03-23 18:02:38 UTC
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian intelligence officials say they are negotiating with Bedouin gunmen to free two tourists kidnapped along a main road in the south of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
The intelligence officials said Saturday that a Bedouin kidnapper abducted an Israeli m...
International court detains Rwandan-born warlord
2013-03-22 15:41:56 UTC
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Rwandan-born warlord Bosco Ntaganda was taken into custody by the International Criminal Court on Friday after giving himself up in the African country earlier this week and was being flown to The Hague to stand trial on charges of overseeing atrocit...
Cameroon officials torture gay suspects
2013-03-21 17:43:14 UTC
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Human Rights Watch says people accused of being gay in Cameroon are being tortured in prison and mocked by judges in court.
A 61-page report released Thursday documents abuses undertaken by officials pursuing cases under Cameroon's notorious Article 347.
Zimbabwe court denies bail to human rights lawyer
2013-03-20 17:42:07 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwe court refused Wednesday to free on bail the nation's top rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, on charges of obstructing justice after her arrest by police Sunday.
The court ordered her to be held in prison until her next court appearance on April...
Zimbabweans vote in favor of new constitution
2013-03-20 07:03:11 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's electoral body said Tuesday that 94.5 percent of voters cast a ballot in favor of a new constitution that calls for a strengthening of human rights and a curb on presidential powers after a decade of political and economic turmoil in the southern African...
At least 16 killed in northern Nigeria explosion
2013-03-19 05:01:16 UTC
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — At least 16 people were killed in an explosion that hit a bus station in Kano in northern Nigeria, a medic said Monday in the latest violence to hit this West African nation.
The medic, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak t...
Egypt minister: lynchings signal 'death of state'
2013-03-18 17:50:32 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's justice minister warns the lynching of criminals in the streets by angry citizens signals "the death of the state."
His comments come a day after residents in a northern Nile Delta province killed two men in public after they allegedly stole a motorized ricksha...
Nigeria: French hostage and family
2013-03-18 17:36:07 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A French hostage has spoken in a video filmed three days ago with his family, weeks after extremists kidnapped them from northern Cameroon.
The video's audio airs a voice that identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier. He says the Islamic radical netw...
Egyptians in south clash over president's visit
2013-03-16 18:13:30 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi during clashes that erupted on Saturday as he launched development projects in southern Egyptian where residents have long complained of being neglected by the cen...
Tear gas in Kenya as prime minister files suit
2013-03-16 17:43:23 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police in Kenya lobbed tear gas Saturday on crowds supporting the prime minister as he filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to void the presidential election, a vote the prime minister says was neither free nor fair.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga's court filing...
South African desert to host speed record bid
2013-03-14 15:56:32 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Toiling with shovels, wheelbarrows and bare hands, about 300 workers removed 6,000 tons of stones and other debris from a vast stretch of desert in a desolate corner of South Africa over the past two years. If all goes well, it will become the place where a British-led...
Nigeria: Video shows bodies of foreign hostages
2013-03-11 12:52:54 UTC
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A video posted online appears to show the corpses of some of the seven foreign hostages abducted by Islamic extremists from northern Nigeria and later killed, a gruesome warning of the growing dangers in the region.
The video, viewed by The Associated Press on Mond...
Pistorius lawyers appeal bail conditions
2013-03-11 12:46:22 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the Olympian, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, according to papers released by the Pistorius family on Monday.
"The conditions appealed against ...
Nigerian extremists claim they killed 7 hostages
2013-03-09 23:40:30 UTC
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — A breakaway Islamic extremist group said Saturday it had killed seven foreigners who its members kidnapped from northern Nigeria, according to an online message purportedly from the group.
The message, identified as coming from Ansaru, could not be immediately veri...
SAfrica: Mandela admitted to hospital
2013-03-09 17:45:28 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's presidency says Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital for a scheduled medical check-up.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that 94-year-old Mandela went to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on Saturday afternoon.
Maharaj says d...
Kenya vote winner gets 50.07 pct; loser challenges
2013-03-09 17:34:25 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The son of Kenya's founding father, Uhuru Kenyatta, was named the winner of the country's presidential election with 50.07 percent of the vote on Saturday, but his opponent said Kenya's democracy was on trial after what he said were multiple failures in the election...