South Sudan peace talks to open in Ethiopia
2014-01-02 07:17:12 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Negotiators from South Sudan's two warring sides arrived Wednesday in Ethiopia for peace talks, and a U.N. official urged both forces to bring the world's newest country "back from the brink."
Fighting continued in Bor, a gateway city to the capital of Juba, a governme...
Police: 6 killed by car bombs in Somali capital
2014-01-01 20:05:56 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police say two car bombs have exploded outside a hotel in Somalia's capital that often is used by foreigners and government officials, killing six people and wounding eight.
Senior police Capt. Mohamed Hussein, who gave the casualty figures, said it wasn't immediately...
S.Africa marks New Year with 3D send-off of Mandela
2014-01-01 03:43:20 UTC
Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's top tourist drawcard Cape Town bid farewell to 2013 with a 3D video send-off of Nelson Mandela as the nation entered the new year without its beloved icon.
Mandela's face was briefly mapped onto the city hall in Cape Town where he gave his first freedom speech ...
Crowds block airport in Central African Republic
2013-12-31 21:44:40 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of angry people flooded the runway of the international airport in the chaotic capital of Central African Republic, shouting slogans against the nation's Muslim president, who grabbed power in a coup nine months ago.
French forces deployed at t...
Fresh fighting in South Sudan as peace deadline nears
2013-12-31 11:09:08 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Heavy fighting erupted in Bor, South Sudan's contested provincial capital of Jonglei state, as rebels moved to retake control of the town from government troops, a military official said Tuesday, signaling both sides were far from reaching the cease-fire deal that regiona...
South Sudan: 'White Army' militia marches to fight
2013-12-29 08:29:50 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the "White Army" are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.
Seeking an end to the nearly two-week crisis in which an estim...
Libya releases 4 US military personnel
2013-12-28 06:31:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, U.S. officials said Friday night.
These four military personnel were operating in ...
Attack on presidential palace thwarted in Bangui
2013-12-27 03:51:24 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Assailants armed with heavy weapons attempted late Thursday to attack the presidential palace as well as the residence of the Central African Republic's embattled leader, but were pushed back, officials said.
Reached by telephone, Guy Simplice, spokesman...
Christmas without Nelson Mandela
2013-12-24 20:02:18 UTC
The world will be a little emptier this year without Nelson Mandela in it, an iconic figure who exuded grace and dignity in the face of overwhelming inhumanity, cruelty and injustice. He will certainly be missed.
UN says mass grave of 34 found in South Sudan
2013-12-25 09:27:22 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.N. investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city in South Sudan, the United Nations said Tuesday, as a possible opening occurred for negotiations to avert civil war in the world's newest country where ethnic violence has erupted.
In New York, the U.N. Secur...
Plane wing clips building at Johannesburg airport
2013-12-23 08:48:50 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African airport officials say four airport staff were slightly injured when the wing of a British Airways passenger aircraft clipped a building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport shortly before taking off for London.
The Airports Company South Africa sai...
Brits, Canadians still in South Sudan city US evacuated
2013-12-23 08:45:18 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Civilian helicopters evacuated U.S. citizens from a violent South Sudan city seeing bouts of heavy machine gun fire, but 3,000 citizens from countries like Canada, Britain and Kenya remain trapped there, a top U.N. official said Monday.
Toby Lanzer, the U.N.'s humanitaria...
Rebels hold key oil capital in South Sudan
2013-12-23 02:08:56 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world's newest c...
3 US military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded
2013-12-22 05:51:41 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in...
Document: Israeli Mossad trained Mandela
2013-12-24 01:57:14 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's state archives has published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela, along with documents illustrating the Jewish state's sympathy for the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1960s.
Steven Van Zandt is sad Mandela will miss concert
2013-12-20 05:45:48 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Van Zandt says his first thought when he heard Nelson Mandela had died "was a selfish one."
Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, said he'd hoped Mandela would be able to attend one of the band's South African shows next month.
He said the trip wi...
Armed fighters attack Central African Republic families
2013-12-19 19:16:15 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Armed fighters stormed the family's house at 3 a.m., demanding money and taking everything of value. Then they fatally shot Belvia Salo's father in front of the 11-year-old who had awoken amid the commotion.
After killing him as she and her siblings crie...
Rebels said to control some S. Sudan oil fields
2013-12-20 20:06:50 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Armed rebels were said to be in control of some of South Sudan's oil fields Friday, raising questions of how long the country's oil will flow and whether Sudan could enter the conflict.
President Salva Kiir implored his country to turn away from ethnic violence and met...
Heavy gunfire heard in South Sudan capital
2013-12-16 07:21:40 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Sporadic gunfire rang out early Monday in the South Sudan capital, Juba, in what appeared to be clashes between sections of the country's military.
An Associated Press reporter saw heavily armed soldiers patrolling the streets of Juba early Monday amid sporadic gunfire...
Explosion inside Kenya minibus kills at least 4
2013-12-16 06:32:27 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least four people were killed Saturday after a device exploded inside a passenger van in the capital, Kenyan police said, in what appears to be the first attack inside Nairobi since the deadly terrorist assault on an upscale mall in September.
The explosion happened as...
Mandela buried in rolling hills of South Africa
2013-12-16 00:37:47 UTC
QUNU, South Africa (AP) — His flag-draped casket resting on a carpet of animal skins, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the green, rolling hills of the eastern hamlet where he began his extraordinary journey — one that led him from prison to the presidency, a global symbol of endurance an...
South Africa holds state funeral for Mandela
2013-12-15 08:38:16 UTC
QUNU, South Africa (AP) — Big guns fired a salute in the rural village where Nelson Mandela grew up and military servicemen marched stiffly behind his casket on a winding dirt road Sunday as South Africa said goodbye for the last time to the man who reconciled the country in its most vulnerable p...
Traditional tribal rituals at Mandela's funeral
2013-12-15 08:23:05 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An ox is slaughtered, the deceased is wrapped in a lion skin and a family elder keeps talking to the body's spirit: The state funeral for South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will also include those rituals from the tradition of the Xhosa people, to whom Mandela's...
UN says several peacekeepers killed in Mali
2013-12-14 10:52:53 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal — (AP) — A bomb explosion killed several members of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali in the troubled northern city of Kidal, a spokesman for the mission said Saturday.
"There was an explosion this morning and the info I have is that there were several dead and wou...
Tutu didn't receive credential for Mandela funeral
2013-12-14 09:31:31 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spokesman for retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu says the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, longtime friend of Nelson Mandela and occasional critic of the current government won't be attending Mandela's funeral because he didn't receive credentials to do so.
"The Archbishop is not...