Africa

  • Date night with Daddy: Suri Cruise looks shattered after reuniting with Tom and spending the entire day with him
    Diaalnews 2012-07-18 16:42:59 UTC
    It was no doubt an emotional reunion, so it's no wonder Suri Cruise was feeling shattered last night. The six-year-old has spent the entire day with her father Tom and appeared to be falling asleep in his arms as their day came to an end. It was the first time the pair had spent time togeth...

  • Good deeds to celebrate Mandela's 94th
    3bcdacd607cca114150f6a7067000f73 2012-07-17 18:07:56 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Annah Nankie Nhlapo has been waiting 22 years for a home. On a dusty narrow road on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the foundation of her new house is finally taking shape. Over the next five days, to commemorate the U.N.-mandated Nelson Mandela International Day, housing ch...

  • Star dancer born into war grows up to inspire
    7d88360d6d531113150f6a7067007529 2012-07-11 18:48:12 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina — an image in a magazine page blown against the gate of the orphanage where she ended up during Sierra Leone's civil war. It showed an American ballet dancer posed on tip toe. "All I remember ...

  • Morocco bus crashes kill 27, including 2 tourists
    Bus_crash_101010 2012-07-10 12:03:28 UTC
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's state news agency reports that two bus crashes in separate locations in this North African country have claimed 27 lives, including those of a German and a Dutch tourist. The Tuesday report said a bus flipped over on the highway the evening before as it traveled...

  • South Sudan turns 1, but oil, border issues remain
    120425033523-sudan-oil-pipeline-heglig-story-top 2012-07-09 12:43:14 UTC
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The world's newest nation, South Sudan, is celebrating its first birthday. A government statement said Monday's one-year anniversary of independence from Sudan brings new hopes, challenges and opportunities to build a peaceful, prosperous and secure nation. South Su...

  • Kenya police: church attacks kill 15, wound 40
    9787bdbb6acd1c12140f6a7067008193 2012-07-02 06:02:00 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen killed two policemen guarding a church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation from inside and out on Sunday, killing 15 people and wounding 40, security officials said. Two gunmen entered the simple wooden church in the city of Garissa at a...

  • Iran feels pinch of new EU oil sanctions
    Untitled 2012-07-02 05:25:04 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As new European Union sanctions targeting Iran's vital oil industry took effect Sunday, Tehran acknowledged the measures aimed at reining in its disputed nuclear program were taking a toll. The vice president said authorities had stockpiled imported goods and hard currency to ...

  • Kenya police seize explosive material
    Untitled 2012-06-23 16:43:21 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says police seized material they believe can be used to assemble a bomb, a day after the U.S. warned of an imminent terrorist attack in Kenya. A police official, who asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said Saturday th...

  • Uganda says gays now free to meet
    Untitled 2012-06-22 15:44:48 UTC
    Kampala, UGANDA (AP) — Responding to growing international criticism of anti-gay efforts in Uganda, the government said in a statement Friday that it does not discriminate against people "of a different sexual orientation." "No government official is (supposed) to harass any section of the com...

  • Zimbabwe lawmakers get circumcised in AIDS fight
    Untitled 2012-06-22 15:06:32 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In Zimbabwe's parliament, lawmakers belonging to a panel on health issues are setting up an HIV/AIDS testing and male circumcision center. Lawmaker Blessing Chibundo of the Zimbabwe prime minister's party said Friday the campaign, the first of its kind involving the cou...

  • Yemen: 31 killed in fighting in south
    0 2012-06-20 22:30:09 UTC
    SANAA, YEMEN (AP) — Yemeni raids on al-Qaida positions have left at least 28 fighters and three soldiers dead, as the government consolidates its hold on recaptured militant strongholds, military officials said Wednesday. The clashes in Abyan and Shabwa provinces are part of a weeks-long offen...

  • Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label
    Abdikhafar_abubakar_prepares_to_board_a_plane_back_to_minneapolis_after_returning_to_mogadishu_to_visit_his_mother_for_the_first_time_in_decades__at_the_airport_in_mogadishu__somalia__friday_june_8 2012-06-13 18:03:54 UTC
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City. The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a year. Somalis who fled decades of war are coming bac...

  • Carrier defends itself over Nigeria plane crash
    Untitled 2012-06-06 23:22:49 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian airline whose airplane crashed in the country's largest city, killing 153 on board and more on the ground, defended itself Wednesday against growing public criticism, saying its own chief engineer died on the doomed flight. Francis Ogboro, an executive who over...

  • Grim search for dead after Nigerian plane crash
    Neigeria 2012-06-05 02:56:46 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emergency crews wearing masks to protect them from the acrid smoke and the stench of the dead searched for bodies in a smoldering, shattered neighborhood near the Lagos airport Monday after the crash of an airliner killed all 153 people on board and an unknown number on the ...

  • Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at protesters
    309-1fecib.aust.55 2012-06-05 02:22:07 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of the Zimbabwe prime minister's party outside a courthouse on Monday, witnesses said. About 200 demonstrators gathered outside the High Court in downtown Harare to protest charges being brought against 29 activists of the former ...

  • 10 killed in cargo plane crash in Ghana's capital
    _killed_in_carg7841 2012-06-03 05:43:15 UTC
    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A Boeing 727 cargo plane attempting to land at the international airport in Ghana's capital crashed Saturday, slamming into a bus loaded with passengers on a nearby street, killing all 10 people inside the vehicle, emergency responders and airport officials said. The crash ...

  • Made in Israel? Not a simple question
    461319323 2012-05-31 20:42:50 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — For decades, Israel has marketed an array of cosmetics and food products manufactured in the occupied West Bank as "Made in Israel," blurring their true origins in Jewish settlements opposed by virtually the entire international community. Now that practice is being challenged...

  • Bedouins free 2 US tourists abducted in Egypt
    Image 2012-05-31 20:08:13 UTC
    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Two American tourists abducted by Bedouins in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released unharmed Thursday following negotiations between local tribesmen and the kidnappers, a security official said. Security officials said the Bedouins snatched the two men early Thursday as ...

  • Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years
    2012-05-30t132837z_1_ajoe84t11fs00_rtroptp_2_ozatp-warcrimes-taylor-20120530 2012-05-30 16:29:40 UTC
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment Wednesday for arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds," a landmark sentence activists hope will send a clear message to despots around the ...

  • Rwandan orphans find hope in village
    Untitled 2012-05-24 06:32:34 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — From a teenager who was a month old when her parents were killed in Rwanda's genocide to a young man inspired to become a doctor, hundreds of orphans have found hope for the future in a special village outside the Rwandan capital. Now, the South African-born, New York woman who...

  • SAfrica: Zuma seeks ban on artwork; vandals hit
    Pic 2012-05-22 17:45:39 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order Tuesday to have a painting depicting the president's genitals removed from an art gallery but two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint. The...

  • Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Yemen's bombing
    Ai_queada 2012-05-21 19:15:59 UTC
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in the capital at a military parade rehearsal which killed nearly 100 soldiers and injured at least 200. The militant group said in an emailed statement Monday that one of its "holy warriors" carr...

  • In Egypt turmoil, thieves hunt pharaonic treasures
    Secretary_of_state_rex_tillerson_wants_montenegro_to_be_a_member_of_nato 2012-05-12 23:31:28 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Taking advantage of Egypt's political upheaval, thieves have gone on a treasure hunt with a spree of illegal digging, preying on the country's ancient pharaonic heritage. Illegal digs near ancient temples and in isolated desert sites have swelled a staggering 100-fold over the pas...

  • Algerian Islamists: Widespread fraud in elections
    494-xxw5t.st.55 2012-05-11 20:06:16 UTC
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An alliance of Islamist parties expecting a strong showing in Algeria's elections accused authorities Friday of widespread fraud as initial figures pointed to them finishing third, with a spokesman suggesting unrest could ensue. The people of this oil-rich North African...

  • Nigeria island prison offers nation's dark history
    Untitled 2012-05-11 17:12:10 UTC
    ITA OKO ISLAND, Nigeria (AP) — The prison, cut out of the dense jungle that engulfs this island outside Lagos, never officially existed in records, though critics of Nigeria's military rulers were locked up here decades ago in harsh conditions. Ita Oko Island, accessible only by boat and helic...