Ethiopian plane hijacker arrested
2014-02-17 07:17:57 UTC
An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Rome has been forced to land in Geneva after being hijacked, Swiss police say.
One hijacker has been arrested. The airline said in a statement that all passengers and crew were safe.
There are no injuries, and the police say the sit...
Officials: Uganda's leader to sign anti-gay bill
2014-02-15 06:37:59 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Friday, alarming rights activists who have condemned the bill as draconian in a country where homosexuality already has been cr...
UN targeted: Car bomb blast kills 6 in Somalia
2014-02-14 07:29:54 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb exploded close to a convoy of United Nations vehicles near Mogadishu's international airport on Thursday, killing six Somalis on the street, officials said. Al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility.
A U.N. vehicle was damaged but said no U.N. ...
Future of C. African Republic Muslims imperiled
2014-02-09 06:33:14 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The mob violence wracking Central African Republic imperils the future of the country's Muslims, with tens of thousands fleeing the daily violence and untold numbers killed.
Bangui, the capital, is engulfed in an orgy of bloodshed and looting despite the presence of thous...
South Africa to hold elections on May 7
2014-02-07 10:53:02 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president says general elections will be held on May 7.
President Jacob Zuma is also urging South Africans to register to vote in their thousands this weekend, the last opportunity to do so ahead of the election.
Zuma noted in a statement Friday that the e...
Central African Republic soldiers join chaotic violence
2014-02-06 06:01:55 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The interim president of Central African Republic told the hundreds of soldiers standing in formation Wednesday that she was proud of them and called on their support to bring order to their anarchic country. Then she left, and the soldiers broke ranks to s...
UNICEF urges action to prevent the "human tragedy" in Central African Republic
2014-02-05 09:59:36 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. children's agency urged the international community Tuesday to do everything it can to prevent the "human tragedy" in Central African Republic from turning into "a human catastrophe."
Anthony Lake made the appeal as the U.N. World Food Program announc...
9 missing after South Africa gold mine fire
2014-02-05 09:46:16 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A gold-mining company in South Africa says nine employees are missing after an underground fire broke out at a mine west of Johannesburg.
The Harmony company said Wednesday that the fire reportedly started about 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) underground around 6 p.m. Tuesday, and...
Ex-Rwanda intel chief has genocide trial in Paris
2014-02-04 12:52:56 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Rwanda's former intelligence chief faced genocide and war crimes charges Tuesday as his trial began in France for a 1994 killing spree that left at least a half-million people in his nation dead.
Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, could face a life sentence if convicted after the seven-week ...
Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa
2014-01-31 11:46:07 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal inspectors say they have intercepted a large consignment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States.
South Africa's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement Friday that an ...
South African opposition groups merge
2014-01-28 08:59:09 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A former anti-apartheid activist and medical doctor who also held a senior position at the World Bank will be the presidential candidate of South Africa's main opposition party in this year's elections.
Mamphela Ramphele had a son with activist Steve Biko, who in 1977 was t...
UN rights rapporteur gives grim Rwanda assessment
2014-01-27 18:29:46 UTC
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur says Rwanda's government needs to open up political space and allow freedom of assembly.
Speaking to the reporters after a week-long assessment in Rwanda, Maina Kiai said there was "a lack of space for individuals to express dissenting views."
Slain Shabab member was in group's intel unit
2014-01-27 18:18:35 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Masked al-Shabab fighters retrieved bits of flesh overnight from a burned-out car that had been hit by a U.S. missile and in which a member of the armed Islamic group's intelligence unit died, a commander in the group said Monday.
Sahal Iskudhuq was killed in Sunday's...
Congo: More than 20 killed in arms depot blasts
2014-01-27 08:01:09 UTC
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people.
A U.N. statement says the explosions injured 50 people and destroyed many houses, causing "desolation" in the he...
Bunny sculpture found in Mandela statue
2014-01-24 20:02:06 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
South African officials want the miniature bunny removed fro...
Bill Gates Destroys Three Myths About Global Poverty
2014-01-23 08:48:58 UTC
The notion that world poverty cannot be solved is not only wrong, it is dangerous, Bill Gates has said.
The Microsoft founder, who has run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the last number of years, released the foundation’s annual letter, in which he argues against the three “myths” t...
Protesters throw stones, disrupt Nigeria gay trial
2014-01-22 18:39:59 UTC
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court in a north Nigerian city Wednesday, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11 men arrested for belonging to gay organizations.
Security officials fired into the air to disperse protesters in Bauchi city...
Desert gives al-Qaida refuge after Mali defeat
2014-01-19 08:53:18 UTC
SEBHA, Libya (AP) — Swathed in a white turban and robes, Eissa Abdel Majid sits in his militia barracks on the edge of the desert describing a losing battle to stem the flow armed militants with suspected links to al-Qaida — who use it as a freeway across northern Africa.
He says he's fed up w...
Amnesty International: Gays arrested in 4 Nigerian states
2014-01-16 06:53:31 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A "witch hunt" for gay people has led to arrests in at least four of Nigeria's 36 states, Amnesty International said Wednesday, blaming a new law criminalizing gay organizations and meetings as well as same-sex marriage.
It said the law's disregard for human rights mirror...
New law in Nigeria bans gay meetings
2014-01-14 07:34:37 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.
Central African Republic President Djotodia and prime minister resign
2014-01-10 15:05:53 UTC
<h3>Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiengaye have both resigned, according to the regional body hosting talks seeking to stop religious violence in the country.</h3>
The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) issued a statement on Frida...
Kenya: Fighter jets kill 30 militants in Somalia
2014-01-10 15:00:34 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan military says it has killed at least 30 Islamic militants in an airstrike on a militant camp in Somalia.
A statement from the military Friday said fighter jets attacked the camp at Garbarahey in the Gedo region in Somalia on Thursday, where a meeting was being ...
Central African Republic crisis: Djotodia future in balance
2014-01-10 15:11:51 UTC
<a href="http://diaalnews.com/news/14065"><h3>Breaking News: Central African Republic President Djotodia and prime minister resign</h3></a>
Central African Republic (CAR) interim leader Michel Djotodia is expected to face pressure to step down when he attends...
South Sudan talks on hold over agenda disagreement
2014-01-06 10:30:29 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Officials in Ethiopia say that direct talks between the warring factions of South Sudan have stalled.
Officials close to the talks between representatives of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar said the peace talks have hit a snag over differ...
Kenya grenade attack wounds 10 near Mombasa
2014-01-02 07:18:12 UTC
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — An official says 10 people have been wounded in a grenade attack at a restaurant south of Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.
Kwale County Commissioner Evans Achoki said one of the two men on a motorcycle hurled a grenade toward customers at a crowded eatery called Tandoori ...