Uganda says gays now free to meet
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...
Zimbabwe lawmakers get circumcised in AIDS fight
2012-06-22 15:06:32 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In Zimbabwe's parliament, lawmakers belonging to a panel on health issues are setting up an HIV/AIDS testing and male circumcision center.
Lawmaker Blessing Chibundo of the Zimbabwe prime minister's party said Friday the...
Yemen: 31 killed in fighting in south
2012-06-20 22:30:09 UTC
SANAA, YEMEN (AP) — Yemeni raids on al-Qaida positions have left at least 28 fighters and three soldiers dead, as the government consolidates its hold on recaptured militant strongholds, military officials said Wednesday.
The clashes in Abyan a...
Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label
2012-06-13 18:03:54 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.
The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a ye...
Carrier defends itself over Nigeria plane crash
2012-06-06 23:22:49 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian airline whose airplane crashed in the country's largest city, killing 153 on board and more on the ground, defended itself Wednesday against growing public criticism, saying its own chief engineer died on the doome...
Grim search for dead after Nigerian plane crash
2012-06-05 02:56:46 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emergency crews wearing masks to protect them from the acrid smoke and the stench of the dead searched for bodies in a smoldering, shattered neighborhood near the Lagos airport Monday after the crash of an airliner killed all...
Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at protesters
2012-06-05 02:22:07 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of the Zimbabwe prime minister's party outside a courthouse on Monday, witnesses said.
About 200 demonstrators gathered outside the High Court in downtown Harare to protest charges...
10 killed in cargo plane crash in Ghana's capital
2012-06-03 05:43:15 UTC
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A Boeing 727 cargo plane attempting to land at the international airport in Ghana's capital crashed Saturday, slamming into a bus loaded with passengers on a nearby street, killing all 10 people inside the vehicle, emergency re...
Made in Israel? Not a simple question
2012-05-31 20:42:50 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — For decades, Israel has marketed an array of cosmetics and food products manufactured in the occupied West Bank as "Made in Israel," blurring their true origins in Jewish settlements opposed by virtually the entire international c...
Bedouins free 2 US tourists abducted in Egypt
2012-05-31 20:08:13 UTC
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Two American tourists abducted by Bedouins in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released unharmed Thursday following negotiations between local tribesmen and the kidnappers, a security official said.
Security officials said th...
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...