Dozens of students were killed in a Nigerian school
2014-02-25 21:07:45 UTC
DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants set fire to a locked dormitory at a school in northern Nigeria, then shot and slit the throats of students who tried to escape through windows during a pre-dawn attack Tuesday. Dozens of students were kil...
Uganda: punishes gay sex with up to life in prison
2014-02-25 08:25:01 UTC
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fev...
Defense Ministry: 11 dead in Tunisia plane crash
2014-02-21 08:46:21 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The defense ministry says a civilian aircraft crashed at dawn in a field near Tunisia's capital, killing all 11 people on board.
A spokesman for defense minister Tawfik Rahmouni said the cause of the crash was not immediat...
UN urges reinforcements for CAfrican Republic
2014-02-21 07:43:16 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for the rapid deployment of at least 3,000 additional troops and police to conflict-wracked Central African Republic to prevent further religious killings t...
Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva
2014-02-18 06:48:45 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers — bound for Italy from Addis Ababa — realize som...
Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans
2014-02-17 07:55:25 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship."
Defending gay rights around the world, as he has done at h...
Ethiopian plane hijacker arrested
2014-02-17 07:17:57 UTC
An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Rome has been forced to land in Geneva after being hijacked, Swiss police say.
One hijacker has been arrested. The airline said in a statement that all passengers and crew were safe.
Officials: Uganda's leader to sign anti-gay bill
2014-02-15 06:37:59 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Friday, alarming rights activists who have condemned the bill as draconian in...
UN targeted: Car bomb blast kills 6 in Somalia
2014-02-14 07:29:54 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb exploded close to a convoy of United Nations vehicles near Mogadishu's international airport on Thursday, killing six Somalis on the street, officials said. Al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibilit...
Future of C. African Republic Muslims imperiled
2014-02-09 06:33:14 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The mob violence wracking Central African Republic imperils the future of the country's Muslims, with tens of thousands fleeing the daily violence and untold numbers killed.
Bangui, the capital, is engulfed in an orgy of b...
South Africa to hold elections on May 7
2014-02-07 10:53:02 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president says general elections will be held on May 7.
President Jacob Zuma is also urging South Africans to register to vote in their thousands this weekend, the last opportunity to do so ahead of the electi...
Central African Republic soldiers join chaotic violence
2014-02-06 06:01:55 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The interim president of Central African Republic told the hundreds of soldiers standing in formation Wednesday that she was proud of them and called on their support to bring order to their anarchic country...
UNICEF urges action to prevent the "human tragedy" in Central African Republic
2014-02-05 09:59:36 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. children's agency urged the international community Tuesday to do everything it can to prevent the "human tragedy" in Central African Republic from turning into "a human catastrophe."
Anthony Lake made...
9 missing after South Africa gold mine fire
2014-02-05 09:46:16 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A gold-mining company in South Africa says nine employees are missing after an underground fire broke out at a mine west of Johannesburg.
The Harmony company said Wednesday that the fire reportedly started about 1.7 kilomete...
Ex-Rwanda intel chief has genocide trial in Paris
2014-02-04 12:52:56 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Rwanda's former intelligence chief faced genocide and war crimes charges Tuesday as his trial began in France for a 1994 killing spree that left at least a half-million people in his nation dead.
Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, could face ...
Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa
2014-01-31 11:46:07 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal inspectors say they have intercepted a large consignment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States.
South Africa's Society for the Prevention of Crue...
South African opposition groups merge
2014-01-28 08:59:09 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A former anti-apartheid activist and medical doctor who also held a senior position at the World Bank will be the presidential candidate of South Africa's main opposition party in this year's elections.
Mamphela Ramphele had...
UN rights rapporteur gives grim Rwanda assessment
2014-01-27 18:29:46 UTC
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur says Rwanda's government needs to open up political space and allow freedom of assembly.
Speaking to the reporters after a week-long assessment in Rwanda, Maina Kiai said there was "a lack of sp...
Slain Shabab member was in group's intel unit
2014-01-27 18:18:35 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Masked al-Shabab fighters retrieved bits of flesh overnight from a burned-out car that had been hit by a U.S. missile and in which a member of the armed Islamic group's intelligence unit died, a commander in the group sai...
Congo: More than 20 killed in arms depot blasts
2014-01-27 08:01:09 UTC
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people.
A U.N. statement says the explosions injured 50 people and des...
Bunny sculpture found in Mandela statue
2014-01-24 20:02:06 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
Bill Gates Destroys Three Myths About Global Poverty
2014-01-23 08:48:58 UTC
The notion that world poverty cannot be solved is not only wrong, it is dangerous, Bill Gates has said.
The Microsoft founder, who has run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the last number of years, released the foundation’s annual lett...
Protesters throw stones, disrupt Nigeria gay trial
2014-01-22 18:39:59 UTC
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court in a north Nigerian city Wednesday, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11 men arrested for belonging to gay organizations.
Security officials fired ...
Desert gives al-Qaida refuge after Mali defeat
2014-01-19 08:53:18 UTC
SEBHA, Libya (AP) — Swathed in a white turban and robes, Eissa Abdel Majid sits in his militia barracks on the edge of the desert describing a losing battle to stem the flow armed militants with suspected links to al-Qaida — who use it as a freewa...
Amnesty International: Gays arrested in 4 Nigerian states
2014-01-16 06:53:31 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A "witch hunt" for gay people has led to arrests in at least four of Nigeria's 36 states, Amnesty International said Wednesday, blaming a new law criminalizing gay organizations and meetings as well as same-sex marriage.