French military keeps up airstrikes in Mali
2013-01-21 09:11:41 UTC
SEGOU, Mali (AP) — The French military used fighter planes and helicopter gunships to carry out a dozen operations over the weekend in Mali, while an extremist group threatened to carry out attacks against countries taking part in the intervention to oust the Islamists from their stronghold...
African troops kill rebel who guarded warlord Kony
2013-01-21 08:55:33 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A spokesman for the Ugandan military says Ugandan troops in the Central African Republic have killed the chief bodyguard of Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of the Lord's Resistance Army.
Ugandan Col. Felix Kulayigye said Monday that the bodyguard, who was also a rebel com...
Residents say Islamists leave Mali town of Diabaly
2013-01-20 00:42:09 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Radical Islamists have fled a key Malian town on foot following French airstrikes that began after they seized Diabaly nearly one week ago, the Malian military and fleeing residents said late Saturday.
Malian military spokesman Capt. Modibo Traore said Saturday evening that...
Algeria: Day 4 of hostage standoff
2013-01-19 09:15:37 UTC
AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian security forces are facing day four of a standoff with an international band of Islamist extremists still holding foreign hostages at a remote gas plant.
At least 12 people, perhaps many more, died in a government attack on a convoy of militants Thursday...
Algeria: 32 militants killed, with 23 hostages
2013-01-19 21:39:22 UTC
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said.
UK Foreign Office says Algeria crisis is not over
2013-01-18 08:30:25 UTC
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The hostage crisis in the remote desert of Algeria is not over, Britain said Friday, after an Algerian raid on the gas plant to wipe out Islamist militants and free their captives from at least 10 countries unleashed bloody chaos.
Algerian helicopters and specia...
Mali towns marked by fighting, airstrikes
2013-01-17 20:26:57 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French special forces inched closer to an al-Qaida-held town, fighting erupted in another center and army troops raced to protect a third, as the Islamic extremists controlling northern Mali ceded no ground Thursday, digging into the areas they already occupy and sending out s...
Algeria: Army rescues hostages, toll unclear
2013-01-17 21:16:15 UTC
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens.
Militants claiming reveng...
Chad president says troops heading to Mali
2013-01-16 20:04:50 UTC
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — The north-central African nation of Chad is sending troops to help Mali battle radical Islamist insurgents who control a vast swath of territory along the Sahara's southern rim.
France — the former colonial power in both countries — in recent days has deployed hundre...
French triple troops in Mali, prepare for assault
2013-01-15 20:31:27 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After a punishing bombing campaign failed to stop the southward advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France announced Tuesday that it is tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali, strongly suggesting that French forces are preparing for a land assault to dislodge the extr...
French jets bomb major Malian city in north
2013-01-14 03:04:43 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali's north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said.
The three-day-old French-led e...
Lawyer: Tunisian suspect in Libya attack freed
2013-01-08 17:41:53 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities released one of the only men in custody for alleged links to September's attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the latest blow to an investigation that has limped along for months.
Armed groups assaulted the lig...
Tunisian FM accused in 'Sheraton-gate' scandal
2013-01-07 18:14:02 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's foreign minister has been accused by a blogger of misusing public funds in a growing national scandal. And now the blogger faces investigation.
Olfa Rihai, who calls herself an investigative journalist, has published receipts alleging that Foreign Minister Rafik...
Mandela close to medical care at home
2012-12-27 13:08:38 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said Thursday.
Mandela left a hospital Wednesday evening after...
Mandela battles lung infection, a chronic ailment
2012-12-11 17:47:03 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Military doctors are treating South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela for a recurring lung infection, an ailment the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader remains susceptible to because of his age and his 27 years in prison.
Government officials acknowledged for the firs...
Zimbabwe's diamonds and the kimberly process
2012-12-03 12:54:03 UTC
African Business - The debate surrounding the renewal of the export of rough diamonds under the Kimberly Process from Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields—an area in Eastern Zimbabwe notorious for illicit mining and human rights abuses by the Zimbabwean security forces—was renewed in July 2010 by th...
South Africa makes progress in HIV/AIDS fight
2012-12-01 12:56:08 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In the early 90s when South Africa's Themba Lethu clinic could only treat HIV/AIDS patients for opportunistic diseases, many would come in on wheelchairs and keep coming to the health center until they died.
Two decades later the clinic is the biggest ARV (anti-retroviral) ...
Regional leaders meet in Uganda over Congo crisis
2012-11-24 12:57:28 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Regional leaders met in Uganda Saturday in the latest summit intended to find a solution to the crisis in eastern Congo as the M23 rebel group takes territory from the army and threatens to topple President Joseph Kabila's government.
Uganda, whose leader is acting as a ...
Congolese rebels seize Goma, take airport
2012-11-21 06:10:25 UTC
GOMA, Congo (AP) — A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic, provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Tuesday, home to more than 1 million people as well as an international airport in a development that threatens to spark a new, regional war, officials and witness...
Official: Gunmen kill 20 in north Nigeria village
2012-10-31 17:30:58 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen suspected to belong to a violent robbery gang raided a remote village in northern Nigeria, killing 20 people in an attack highlighting the growing insecurity in the nation, an official said Wednesday.
The assault happened Tuesday morning before dawn in Kabaru, a vi...
1 killed, 1 missing in South Africa boat accident
2012-10-14 06:26:28 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rescue official says one man is dead and a local tour guide is missing after a boat capsized off Hout Bay near the western city of Cape Town.
Craig Lambinon of the National Sea Rescue Institute said there were 38 people onboard the charter boat Miroshga on Saturday, not 4...
Abortion rights yacht sails around Moroccan port
2012-10-05 08:26:39 UTC
SMIR, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police Thursday escorted from its waters a small yacht carrying women's rights activists claiming to be able to perform abortions on board, after anti-abortion protesters jeered them on land.
The Dutch group Women on Waves sailed the boat around the northern Moroc...
Kenya attacks last stronghold of Somali militants
2012-09-29 08:41:54 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Kenyan troops invaded al-Shabab's last stronghold in Somalia on Friday, coming ashore in a predawn beach landing at Kismayo that appeared likely to deprive the Islamist insurgents of their last big money-making enterprise.
African Union troops from Kenya, Uganda and...
2 more Somali journalists murdered; 1 is beheaded
2012-09-28 12:35:25 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials in Somalia say two more journalists have been murdered, including one who was beheaded, bringing the number of journalists killed in the country this year to 15.
The Somali journalists union said Friday that the one journalist was beheaded on Thursday, and t...
Report: Yemeni women worse off after revolution
2012-09-24 05:49:18 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Women in Yemen are worse off now than a year ago, when they played a significant part in the country's revolution that promised political and economic change, an international aid agency has concluded.
In a report released Monday, Oxfam International said four out of five Y...