Africa

  • Kenya presidential candidate hovers around 50 pct
    569f62dc186189082b0f6a7067001250 2013-03-08 19:28:39 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya faced a photo finish in its race for president on Friday as the last ballots were counted. The leading candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, saw his percentage yo-yo around the crucial 50 percent mark, as officials told The Associated Press it appeared likely Kenyatta cou...

  • Kenya media self-censoring to reduce vote tension
    15c4b0b5fa0574072b0f6a706700f9f2 2013-03-07 17:43:52 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It's the biggest news of the year in Kenya: A presidential election with huge potential for violence. Why then are the headlines so boring, the TV broadcasts so dull? The answer: Kenyan media are self-censoring the story to avoid fanning the flames of conflict. K...

  • SAfrica: former Pistorius detective quits force
    Diaalnews 2013-03-07 17:37:42 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former lead detective in South Africa's investigation of the murder case against Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has resigned from the police force, police said Thursday. The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the ...

  • Long wait in Kenya vote; 19 dead in Mombasa
    2172660a9b7923072b0f6a70670019b7 2013-03-04 21:03:37 UTC
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's presidential election drew millions of eager voters who endured long lines to cast ballots Monday, but the vote was marred by violence that left 19 people dead, including four policemen hacked to death by machete-wielding separatists. Officials urged voter...

  • Head of Chadian army claims troops kill Belmoktar
    75ed0d57615c05072b0f6a7067004a19 2013-03-03 01:39:15 UTC
    N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's military chief announced late Saturday that his troops deployed in northern Mali had killed Moktar Belmoktar, the terrorist who orchestrated the attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria that left 36 foreigners dead. The French military, which is leading the offens...

  • Pistorius representatives name substance found
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 2013-02-27 19:53:50 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' representatives named the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum on Wednesday and said it is an herbal remedy used "in aid of muscle recovery." A product called Testis compositum is also marketed onlin...

  • Zimbabwe says it has found funds for a referendum
    Mugabe_family_is_being_harassed_and_humiliated_on_a_daily_basis'__says_former_aide 2013-02-24 15:35:25 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's broke coalition government says it has raised enough money privately to pay for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled for March 16. Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the vote, just three weeks away, "will not be stopped because of lack of mone...

  • Pistorius' brother facing culpable homicide charge
    C5b58bdca56c69062a0f6a706700a535 2013-02-24 15:23:58 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The brother of Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge for a 2008 road death, compounding problems for the family after the double-amputee runner was charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp....

  • Tunisia Islamist party chooses new prime minister
    Cdd5016068f63f062a0f6a706700ac06-1 2013-02-23 08:05:52 UTC
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's ruling Islamist party named an interior minister seen as a conservative loyalist to form a new government Friday, in a signal the party is unlikely to back down to opposition demands to try to smooth over the country's political crisis. Ali Larayedh, acc...

  • Pistorius granted bail pending murder trial
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 2013-02-22 17:31:34 UTC
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African magistrate allowed Oscar Pistorius to go free on bail Friday, capping hearings that foreshadow a dramatic trial in the Valentine's Day killing of the star athlete's girlfriend. Pistorius' family members and supporters shouted "Yes!" when Ch...

  • SAfrica police replace top Pistorius investigator
    44a68c1b2b6910062a0f6a7067006534 2013-02-21 23:58:21 UTC
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African police appointed a new chief investigator Thursday in the Oscar Pistorius murder case, replacing a veteran detective after unsettling revelations that the officer was charged with seven counts of attempted murder. The sensational twist in the...

  • SAfrica police: Pistorius detective faces charges
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 2013-02-21 08:20:03 UTC
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The lead investigator in the murder case against Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges himself over a 2011 shooting, police said Thursday. The prosecution said they were unaware of the charges against the detective when they put him on the stand i...

  • Mali: French troop pullout to start within weeks
    F17757490cdbfa06290f6a706700541d 2013-02-20 11:29:19 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister says French troop units will start pulling out of Mali within weeks, despite new clashes and challenges in rooting out armed extremists in the West African country. Extremists linked to al-Qaida seized control of northern Mali last year. France fears th...

  • Monitors criticize Belgium on Zimbabwe diamonds
    Diamond-_hearts_on_fire_announces_new_executive_team_appointments 2013-02-15 19:06:05 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A world monitoring group on conflict diamonds said Wednesday it wants restrictions on the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds tightened after calls to relax them by diamond companies in Belgium. Belgium has argued the controls hurt revenue filtering down to ordinary Zimba...

  • Malian military battles militants outside Gao
    Fbbd7c84d7200604290f6a70670059be 2013-02-10 07:12:51 UTC
    GAO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers are fighting jihadists in their desert hideouts just outside Gao, the country's defense minister said Saturday, a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint on the city's outskirts. Defense Minister Yamoussa Camara said that at least two...

  • Zimbabwe's parliament mulls constitutional reforms
    Mugabe_family_is_being_harassed_and_humiliated_on_a_daily_basis'__says_former_aide 2013-02-09 20:51:50 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's parliament Wednesday began discussing a new constitution that reduces some of the president's powers, demands political impartiality from his longtime loyalists in the police and military and paves the way for a peace and reconciliation commission to in...

  • Locals: Mali suicide bomber tied to terror leader
    Diaalnews 2013-02-09 10:13:01 UTC
    GAO, Mali (AP) — A young militant who locals say had ties with terror leader Moktar Belmoktar blew himself up Friday near a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Gao, fueling fears of a looming insurgency by the jihadists who fled into the nearby desert just two weeks ago. The suicid...

  • Tunisia Islamists say no new gov't as crisis grows
    F3dee1f498ccd404280f6a706700d39b 2013-02-08 05:34:13 UTC
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia sank deeper into political crisis Thursday, as the ruling Islamist party rejected its own prime minister's decision to replace the government after the assassination of a leftist politician led to a wave of angry protests. The murder of Chokri Belaid, a 48...

  • Woman in Timbuktu punished for forbidden love
    Diaalnews 2013-02-06 19:52:15 UTC
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — The love story in this fabled desert outpost began over the phone, when he dialed the wrong number. It nearly ended with the couple's death at the hands of Islamic extremists who considered their romance "haram" — forbidden. What happened in between is a study in ...

  • French president visits Mali to cheers of support
    Ac7b27c3fe615c03280f6a7067004188 2013-02-02 18:50:47 UTC
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — French President Francois Hollande bathed in the cheers and accolades of the thousands of people of this embattled city on Saturday, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted into Timbuktu to liberate the fabled city from the radical Islamists ...

  • Mali jihadists in custody say tortured by military
    49372d29e1304c03280f6a70670062e5 2013-02-01 21:12:31 UTC
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Three suspected jihadists arrested in the days since the liberation of Timbuktu said Friday that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a method similar to waterboarding. The three are being held in an earthen cell in what remains of the military camp in the tow...

  • Timbuktu revels in new freedom but fears linger
    C344af34a2de1a03280f6a706700407f 2013-01-31 20:26:44 UTC
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — A leaflet listing the regulations for women under Islamist rule now lies in dirt here at the tribunal in Timbuktu. Rule No. 1: The veil should cover the entire body. Rule No. 4: The veil cannot be colored. And Rule No. 8: The woman should not perfume herself after put...

  • French troops control key airport in north Mali
    Diaalnews 2013-01-30 09:02:08 UTC
    SEVARE, Mali (AP) — French forces have taken control of the airport in Kidal, seizing a key position in one of three provincial capitals the Islamist militants took over last year, officials said Wednesday. One Malian official said French troops even moved into the city, which was the las...

  • In recaptured city in Mali, Islamists hunted down
    Diaalnews 2013-01-29 18:24:46 UTC
    GAO, Mali (AP) — It was payback time Tuesday in the newly liberated town of Gao in Mali, with residents hunting down and beating suspected Islamist extremists who had not fled with their brothers-in-arms as Malian and French military forces closed in and retook the town. Malian troops ...

  • Mali: Timbuktu mayor says Islamists burned texts
    Diaalnews 2013-01-28 16:34:22 UTC
    Mali: Timbuktu mayor says Islamists burned texts SEVARE, Mali (AP) — Fleeing Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city. Ousmane Halle said he heard about t...