Ivory Coast reopens air space with Ghana
2012-09-23 23:55:50 UTC
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast says it will allow flights to resume with Ghana, and has reopened its air space after closing its borders following last week's cross-border attack. However, the country has not yet agreed to reopen its land and maritime borders.
Four gunmen were kille...
South Africa says citizens killed in Kabul blast
2012-09-18 09:00:47 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Affairs Ministry says several South African citizens are among victims of a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Spokesman Nelson Kgwete said "the exact number is yet to be verified." He was speaking on Talk Radio 702 which said the victims were believed to ...
SA chrome miners join strike despite crackdown
2012-09-17 11:20:38 UTC
MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — The South African Press Association reports mining strikes that have halted work at seven gold and platinum mines have spread to the chrome sector.
The official news agency quotes a strike leader saying some miners at Samancor Chrome stopped work Friday demandin...
SAfrica labor unrest spreads, 41,200 miners strike
2012-09-10 17:31:01 UTC
MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — Labor unrest spread in South Africa on Monday with a wildcat strike by more than 10,000 workers halting operations at a gold mine while few workers reported for duty in the fourth week of a violent stoppage over poor pay at the world's third largest platinum mine.
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen killed in airstrike
2012-09-11 08:31:30 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike killed al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in one car on Monday, U.S. and Yemeni officials said, a major breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the group in the impoverished Arab nation.
Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi na...
16 moderate Muslim preachers killed in Mali
2012-09-10 06:21:22 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Sixteen Muslim preachers from a moderate sect were shot dead in central Mali as they traveled by road to a religious conference, the Malian and Mauritanian governments said Sunday. Early reports indicate that the men's long beards aroused the suspicion of Mali's military, whic...
Leader of al-Qaida N. African branch dies in car
2012-09-10 06:17:07 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokesman for a radical Islamic group in northern Mali has confirmed that a leader of al-Qaida's North African branch was killed in a car crash.
Sanda Abou Mohamed, a spokesman for Ansar Dine, which seized control of cities in northern Mali in April, says that Nabil Makhl...
Islamic radicalism hits ancient city of Mombasa
2012-09-07 06:37:24 UTC
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Hardline Muslim clerics. Young people who feel marginalized. Suspicions that police are responsible for the killings and forced disappearances of extremists.
These elements created a combustible mixture that exploded into rioting last week after Aboud Rogo Mohammed, a Mus...
Rights Watch: Evidence of wider US waterboarding
2012-09-06 17:38:25 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding than previously acknowledged by the CIA, in a report Thursday detailing brutal treatment of detainees at U.S.-run lockups abroad after the 9/11 attacks.
The accounts by two former Libyan detainees wh...
4 shot at South African gold mine in latest unrest
2012-09-04 07:49:21 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police and security guards fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday at sacked gold miners who were attacking colleagues to block them from working, the mine owner said. Police said four people were wounded at the mine that used to be partially owned by the presid...
South Africa’s justice minister questions court action
2012-08-31 17:27:33 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's justice minister is demanding the nation's top prosecutor explain a decision to charge 270 miners with the murders and attempted murders of 112 striking co-workers shot by the police.
The development indicates a split in government over whether to shift the b...
Slow start in Angola elections
2012-08-31 08:50:36 UTC
LUANDA, Angola (AP) — Angry voters banged at the gate to a polling station which remained closed 90 minutes after voting was to start Friday in legislative elections that the ruling party is expected to win.
Victory for the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola , or MPLA, would give An...
AP Exclusive: Nigeria secret police details leaked
2012-08-30 12:35:51 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Personnel records of former and current members of Nigeria's top domestic spy agency, including home addresses and names of immediate family members, leaked onto the Internet in a threatening message that claimed to come from a radical Islamist sect that's killed hundreds of...
4 Kenyan police wounded in grenade attack
2012-08-30 01:54:07 UTC
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A grenade attack wounded four policemen in the latest outbreak of violence in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, ending what had seemed to be a lull in violence stemming from the killing on Monday of a radical Islamist preacher, a police officer said late Wednesday.
A hand ...
Togo women push sex strike to unseat president
2012-08-26 21:47:02 UTC
LOME, Togo (AP) — The female wing of a civil rights group is urging women in Togo to stage a week-long sex strike to demand the resignation of the country's president.
Women are being asked to start withholding sex from their husbands or partners as of Monday, said Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of...
Hippo dies in SAfrica rescue op
2012-08-24 18:49:50 UTC
Hippo dies in SAfrica rescue op
EMOKE BEBIAK,Associated Press
MODIMOLLE, South Africa (AP) — A hippo who wandered into a swimming pool at a South African game lodge three days ago died Friday before a rescue team could pull him out with a crane, a cruel blow to many across this country who...
Official: No mine firings as South Africa mourns
2012-08-21 12:15:35 UTC
MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — No striking miners will be fired in the week that South Africa officially mourns the killings of 44 men at a platinum mine, including 34 strikers shot by police, a spokesman for the presidency told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Managers of Lonmin PLC platin...
Clinton's Africa trip: Bees, snow _ and dancing
2012-08-10 20:24:56 UTC
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — On an epic journey through Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton braved an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda, escaped a swarm of angry bees in Malawi and witnessed a rare snow in South Africa. She even shimmied on a dance floor, gaining the nickna...
Kenyan justice slapped down after gun threat
2012-08-10 12:04:00 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rebecca Kerubo, a $6-a-day security guard at a Nairobi mall, is one of the city's countless low-wage slum residents. So when she made a formal complaint that Kenya's second most powerful judge threatened her with a gun at a security checkpoint, few thought the struggling mot...
Clinton, on Africa trip, visits Malawi
2012-08-05 15:49:31 UTC
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise and pledged continued American support to the impoverished southern African nation of Malawi on Sunday, making a brief a stop here to visit with the country's first woman president, only the second female Africa...
Clinton in Kenya to press democracy
2012-08-04 12:44:38 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed the leaders of Kenya on the importance of fair and free elections on Saturday and encouraged the African nation to be a "model for the entire world."
Clinton urged them to avoid a repeat of the 2007 presidential elect...
Officials: Ebola breaks out in Uganda
2012-07-29 00:33:42 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan health officials said on Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.
The officials and a World Health Organization r...
Sudanese struggle to ignite their own uprising
2012-07-27 08:57:12 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — "I think my country Sudan has really hit rock bottom." Those were the last public words uttered by Usamah Mohamad, a 32-year-old Sudanese web developer-turned-citizen journalist, in a video announcing he would join protests against President Omar al-Bashir.
Mohamad, popular under ...
Ghana VP sworn in hours after president's death
2012-07-25 07:30:28 UTC
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — President John Atta Mills' election victory secured Ghana's reputation as one of the most mature democracies in West Africa, a position further solidified Tuesday when the vice president took over only hours after the 68-year-old president died five months before finishing his...
Semenya to carry South Africa's flag at Olympics
2012-07-18 23:56:56 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Caster Semenya will carry South Africa's flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
Semenya was given the honor Wednesday ahead of double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius.
"It's such a privilege for me to do such a big thing like that," Semenya said in an audio m...