Africa

  • Ivory Coast reopens air space with Ghana
    0 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
    1231-afghanistan-suicide-bomber-canadian_full_600 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
    Diaalnews 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
    27_percent_of_s_african_miners_return_to_work 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
    424117-usdronephotofile-1345351109-477-640x480 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
    Malicrisismediation 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
    Nabil_makhloufi 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
    Fd856f9e401f75191a0f6a7067006d74 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
    165bf992269d5e191a0f6a706700ffe9 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
    D0a54413dc1722181a0f6a7067000e83 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
    Southafricaminersprotestpolicesurroundbodiesaug16_large 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
    6e19dbf491e0e77e10a37b5847633d_h414_w622_m2_q80_cvvigtaxr 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
    29b5fe537363ba18190f6a7067005a93 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
    83e704665a4ba518190f6a7067001cde 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
    Diaalnews 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
    58301330d9122b17190f6a706700cb10 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
    Ac8aa14e7304d017180f6a70670006de 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
    Diaalnews 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
    Diaalnews 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
    82a0877deeb65e15170f6a706700a2bf 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
    Diaalnews 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
    Ebola_doctor 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
    8b0ba1f0ef7f7914160f6a7067002ba9 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
    Diaalnews 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
    Diaalnews 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...