• 10 killed in cargo plane crash in Ghana's capital
    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 occurred in Accra near Kotoka Internatio...
  • Made in Israel? Not a simple question
    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 with demands that products made in the ...
  • Bedouins free 2 US tourists abducted in Egypt
    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 they were traveling by car from Dahab to...
  • Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years
    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 world that they will be held to account ...
  • Rwandan orphans find hope in village
    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 founded Agahozo Shalom hopes the villag...
  • SAfrica: Zuma seeks ban on artwork; vandals hit
    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 case pits freedom of expression against...
  • Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Yemen's bombing
    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" carried the suicide attack and that it targe...
  • In Egypt turmoil, thieves hunt pharaonic treasures
    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 past 16 months since a popular uprising top...
  • Algerian Islamists: Widespread fraud in elections
    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 nation voted for a new parliament Thurs...
  • Nigeria island prison offers nation's dark history
    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 helicopter, allowed Nigeria's military govern...
  • Sudan president vows revenge against South Sudan
    2012-05-10 20:55:13 UTC

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's president vowed revenge for any attacks by South Sudan against the north's territory, saying Thursday his forces will "chop off any hand" trying to take Sudanese land. Omar al-Bashir also claimed his soldiers killed more than 1,300 South Sudanese troops during the 10-day fighting last month over the oi...
  • IFC, MasterCard Foundation partner in Africa
    2012-05-07 18:32:14 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Bank partner devoted to developing the private sector and The MasterCard Foundation will spend millions of dollars so more impoverished Africans can get loans and other financial services, officials said Monday. At a Johannesburg news conference Monday, officials from the International Finance Corporati...
  • Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
    2012-05-01 01:42:15 UTC

    A group of 23 scientists from across the globe have called for a drastic rethink on consumption to fight poverty as global population rises. They say incentives and regulation are needed to achieve a balance. Levels of consumption between developing and developed nations must be rebalanced to fight absolute poverty, which affects arou...
  • 21 killed in north Nigeria church service attacks
    2012-04-30 04:53:13 UTC

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen attacked worship services at a university campus and a church Sunday in northern Nigeria, killing at least 21 people in coordinated assaults that saw panicked Christians gunned down as they tried to flee, witnesses and officials said. The deadlier attack targeted an old section of Bayero University's camp...
  • Sudan declares emergency on border with south
    2012-04-29 19:15:10 UTC

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan declared a state of emergency Sunday in areas bordering South Sudan, giving authorities wide powers of arrest a day after they detained three foreigners in a flashpoint town along the frontier. The detentions and state of emergency heightened tensions even further along border between the old rivals, who...
  • Nigeria: 7 killed in newspaper office bombings
    2012-04-26 21:04:37 UTC

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide bomber and a man armed with explosives attacked two Nigerian newspaper offices on Thursday, killing seven people and wounding at least 26. The radical Islamic sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility. Boko Haram said it coordinated the attacks on Nigeria's major daily newspaper ThisDay in the capital, A...
  • Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
    2012-04-26 20:05:19 UTC

    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday became the first head of state since World War II convicted by an international war crimes court, a legal landmark observers say sent a clear message to tyrants around the world that their days of impunity are numbered. Taylor, 64, was found guilty...
  • African Union: Sudan must stop bombing South Sudan
    2012-04-26 03:38:36 UTC

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union called on Sudan to stop its aerial bombardment of South Sudan and for both countries to cease hostilities, as an uneasy calm settled over the south Wednesday. The African Union Peace and Security Council issued a communique with a seven-point roadmap calling for a halt to the fighting a...
  • UN confirms 16 deaths in Sudan bombings
    2012-04-25 04:25:47 UTC

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has confirmed that at least 16 civilians in South Sudan have been killed and 34 injured in bombings by Sudanese aircraft. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current Security Council president, told reporters the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan reported that the casualties were from bomb...
  • For cheap fuel, Nigeria bought massive corruption
    2012-04-24 20:02:40 UTC

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — For the price of cheap gasoline, Nigeria paid billions of dollars into a corrupt government system of fuel subsidies that saw huge contracts awarded to shady companies without any oversight, according to a lawmakers' report. The report, debated Tuesday in Nigeria's House of Representatives, is breathtaking in i...
  • Boredom, discontent set in among Kony hunters
    2012-04-24 19:56:37 UTC

    DJEMA, Central African Republic (AP) — An Internet campaign that's gone viral aims to capture notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony, but Ugandan foot soldiers who have spent years searching for the man are starting to ask a question their top commanders prefer to ignore: Is it possible he is dead? Ugandan army officials say the Lord's ...
  • US 'very concerned' by Sudan-South Sudan violence
    2012-04-24 19:42:43 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is "very concerned" about violence between Sudan and South Sudan. She is urging both countries to halt fighting, withdraw their troops from border areas and resume peace talks. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said Tuesday that Sudan had "declared war" on his ...
  • South Sudan president: Sudan has 'declared war'
    2012-04-24 19:27:53 UTC

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's president said its northern neighbor has "declared war" on the world's newest nation, just hours after Sudanese jets dropped eight bombs onto South Sudan on Tuesday. President Salva Kiir's comments, made during a trip to China, signal a rise in rhetoric between the rival nations who had spent deca...
  • Yemen army recaptures center of al-Qaida-held city
    2012-04-24 19:23:16 UTC

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — FBI director Robert Mueller and Yemen's new president pledged to step up the fight against al-Qaida Tuesday only hours after government forces fought their way to the heart of a southern Yemeni city that has been held by Islamic extremists for nearly a year. Yemeni officials also said a senior al-Qaida in Yemen c...
  • Uganda Kony-hunting soldiers face jungle threats
    2012-04-21 15:13:28 UTC

    RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic (AP) — For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the jungle: Armed poachers, wild beasts, hone...