Africa

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 partne...
  • 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 c...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 s...
  • 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 fi...
  • 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 the...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 Pr...
  • 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-o...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.-man...
  • 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 b...
  • 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 ove...
  • 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 p...
  • 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 th...
  • 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 h...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 offic...