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 hop...
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.
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 b...
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 sta...
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 sit...
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 e...
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.
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 kill...
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.
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 develop...
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 ...
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 st...
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 sa...
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 ...
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 C...
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 reporter...
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.
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 command...
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 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 duri...
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 Islami...
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 ...
U.N. chief says South Sudan infringing on Sudan sovereignty
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
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.