Africa

  • Sudan president vows revenge against South Sudan
    500_375_1936_al-bashir-omar-b-111129-getty 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 kill...
  • IFC, MasterCard Foundation partner in Africa
    Reeta-roy-head-shot-red-jacket-jpeg3 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...
  • Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
    0__15912096_401_00 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 develop...
  • 21 killed in north Nigeria church service attacks
    16-killed-in-nigeria-university-attack-cj1d0do5-x-large 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 ...
  • Sudan declares emergency on border with south
    2012429135030465734_20 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 st...
  • Nigeria: 7 killed in newspaper office bombings
    Nin102-723_2010_172618_high 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 sa...
  • Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
    Untitled 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 ...
  • African Union: Sudan must stop bombing South Sudan
    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 C...
  • UN confirms 16 deaths in Sudan bombings
    510323-unmissevacuate 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 reporter...
  • For cheap fuel, Nigeria bought massive corruption
    Image 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. ...
  • Boredom, discontent set in among Kony hunters
    Ec4c7a18-47b8-460f-9437-04c893c9c7c8 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 command...
  • US 'very concerned' by Sudan-South Sudan violence
    474284-abyei 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 president: Sudan has 'declared war'
    120424-bashir-sudan-5a.photoblog600 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 duri...
  • Yemen army recaptures center of al-Qaida-held city
    539w 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 Islami...
  • Uganda Kony-hunting soldiers face jungle threats
    E2ed0636-63d7-4da2-8f62-2087826f917f 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 ...
  • U.N. chief says South Sudan infringing on Sudan sovereignty
    Untitled 2012-04-19 17:32:13 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday termed South Sudan's seizure of a disputed oil field in Sudan an "illegal act" and called on both countries to stop border clashes spiraling into war as the United States warned of a "w...
  • Somali pirates release Panama-flagged ship amid ransom reports
    Lugela 2012-04-12 16:07:31 UTC
    HARGEISA (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released a Panama-flagged vessel they seized two months ago allowing it to continue on its way to the breakaway enclave of Somaliland, the ship's agent and a government official said on Thursday. Pirates...