President of Sudan and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal
2014-05-11 07:06:11 UTC
A ceasefire to end a five-month conflict that has displaced 1.5 million people in South Sudan has come into effect.
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal on Friday.
Troops would defend themselves if they came unde...
# Bring Back Our Girls - Stolen dreams
2014-05-12 02:26:16 UTC
"I speak not for myself but for those without voice, those who have fought for their rights, their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated."
South Africa's Jacob Zuma Wins Resounding Victory in Elections
2014-05-09 18:27:07 UTC
JOHANNESBURG—South Africa's African National Congress has won a commanding victory in general elections, partial results showed Friday, putting President Jacob Zuma on the path to another five-year term in office and extending the party's unbroken...
Obama: Nigeria and Syria showed humanity's 'darkest impulses'
2014-05-09 01:27:50 UTC
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he hoped "a turning point" had been reached in the fight against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.
Nigeria has been criticised for its slow response to the kidnappings.
The schoolgirls were seized from...
Boko Haram’s changing face of terror
2014-05-07 17:59:10 UTC
Since 2009, the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has been spreading fear and terror mostly in northeastern Nigeria. Its main goal is to enforce Islamic Shariah law throughout Nigeria.
Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands disp...
President Barack Obama: 'We're going to do everything we can' to help Nigeria in search for kidnapped girls
2014-05-07 04:41:23 UTC
American military and law-enforcement personnel will coordinate with Nigerian officials in a stepped-up effort to find nearly 300 schoolgirls who were abducted by Islamic terrorists in the country last month, President Obama and John Kerry said Tu...
Nigerian community fights Shell in UK court over oil spills
2014-04-29 08:31:30 UTC
Britain's High Court will on Tuesday hold a pre-trial hearing ahead of a court case due to be held next year brought by around 15,000 members of Nigeria's Bodo community against oil giant Shell.
The residents are seeking compensation from the B...
Prosecutor has depicted Pistorius as a man with a disdainful attitude to authority
2014-04-16 08:26:36 UTC
It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius - doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.<a href="http://diaalnews.com/al...
Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius is using his emotions "as an escape"
2014-04-14 17:45:40 UTC
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.
"Now you trying to be emotional and i...
Prosecutor : "She wasn't scared of an intruder, she was scared of you"
2014-04-11 15:41:16 UTC
<h3>Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her.</h3>Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Ste...
Oscar Pistorius, selfish, reckless and a liar
2014-04-10 16:27:49 UTC
<h3>Oscar Pistorius has faced a second day of intense cross-examination at his trial in which he was accused of being selfish, reckless and a liar.</h3>Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel focused on the athlete's character, enthusiasm for firearms and ver...
Oscar Pistorius clashed angrily with the prosecutor
2014-04-09 15:49:13 UTC
Oscar Pistorius clashed angrily with a prosecutor who tried to force him to look at a gruesome photo of his girlfriend's bloodied head on Wednesday, exclaiming through tears: "I don't have to look at a picture, I was there."
The Paralympian wen...
Nigeria overtake South Africa and becomes Africa's biggest economy
2014-04-06 16:46:47 UTC
Nigeria has "rebased" its gross domestic product (GDP) data, which has pushed it above South Africa as the continent's biggest economy.
Nigerian GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, onli...
Reeva Steenkamp 'scared' of Pistorius at times
2014-03-24 19:15:29 UTC
<h3>Reeva Steenkamp was scared of Oscar Pistorius at times, the South African court holding the Olympic sprinter’s trial has heard. The revelations came in messages retrieved from the phones of both Pistorius and Steenkamp.</h3>
On Monday, as t...
Reeva Steenkamp was standing when Pistorius fired first shot, court told
2014-03-19 17:17:40 UTC
Reeva Steenkamp was standing in a toilet cubicle and facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four hollow-point bullets fired at her by Oscar Pistorius, a police ballistics expert testified on Wednesday at the doubl...
16 killed in stampedes for jobs in Nigeria
2014-03-16 19:18:35 UTC
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 16 people were killed in desperate stampedes for government jobs in Nigeria when hundreds of thousands were invited to apply for fewer than 5,000 positions, officials and activists said Sunday.
Interior Minister A...
Photos show 'trail of blood' in Pistorius' home
2014-03-14 07:35:17 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Blood on the stairs, walls and furniture, a cocked 9 mm pistol, bloody towels, fallen wall tiles. Like pieces of an unfinished puzzle, the photos of the blood-splattered interior of Oscar Pistorius' home gave a fragme...
Friend: Pistorius fired guns in public
2014-03-12 02:56:06 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend — once out of a car sunroof on a road and once in a crowded restaurant, a onetime friend said at the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, d...
Did Oscar Pistorius intentionally kill his girlfriend?
2014-03-10 07:20:29 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The testimony in the first week of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial was jaw dropping at times, and more riveting evidence is expected as the prosecution seeks to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the double-amputee athl...
Libya: Niger extradites Gadhafi's son al-Saadi
2014-03-06 06:08:16 UTC
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi's son al-Saadi, who fled as his father's regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since.
The government says al-Saadi — o...
Pistorius trial: Witness heard screams then shots
2014-03-03 19:01:23 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing "blood-curdling" screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend.
Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo
2014-02-27 08:52:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.
Central African Republic orphans walk to refuge alone
2014-02-26 10:59:58 UTC
CARNOT, Central African Republic (AP) — Ibrahim Adamou's parents had just been killed in front of him. He wasn't sure whether any of his five siblings had survived the attack by Christian militiamen who opened fire on his family of herders as they...
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...