Africa

  • Bill Gates Destroys Three Myths About Global Poverty
    Bill-gates-diaalnews.com 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
    1536688_277457392407830_214047173_n 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
    Al-qaieda-mali-diaalnews.com 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
    Maintain-one-sexual-partner-diaalnews.com 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. I...
  • New law in Nigeria bans gay meetings
    1a01e9fcd8c4d301480f6a706700ffaf 2014-01-14 07:34:37 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organiz...
  • Central African Republic President Djotodia and prime minister resign
    0__17354036_303_00 2014-01-10 15:05:53 UTC
    <h3>Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiengaye have both resigned, according to the regional body hosting talks seeking to stop religious violence in the country.</h3> The Economic Community of Central ...
  • Kenya: Fighter jets kill 30 militants in Somalia
    Kenyan-jets-somalia-rebels-2012-01-07 2014-01-10 15:00:34 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan military says it has killed at least 30 Islamic militants in an airstrike on a militant camp in Somalia. A statement from the military Friday said fighter jets attacked the camp at Garbarahey in the Gedo region ...
  • Central African Republic crisis: Djotodia future in balance
    Car_leader's_future_in_balance_central_african_republic_interim_leader_michel_djotodia_is_expected_to_face_pressure_to_step_down_when_he_attends_a_regional_summit_in_chad.-diaalnews.com 2014-01-10 15:11:51 UTC
    <a href="http://diaalnews.com/news/14065"><h3>Breaking News: Central African Republic President Djotodia and prime minister resign</h3></a> _______________________________ Central African Republic (CAR) interim leader Michel Djotodia is expe...
  • South Sudan talks on hold over agenda disagreement
    Ab9d49a1b6db0c00480f6a706700e5d5 2014-01-06 10:30:29 UTC
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Officials in Ethiopia say that direct talks between the warring factions of South Sudan have stalled. Officials close to the talks between representatives of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Macha...
  • Kenya grenade attack wounds 10 near Mombasa
    Hand-grenade 2014-01-02 07:18:12 UTC
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — An official says 10 people have been wounded in a grenade attack at a restaurant south of Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. Kwale County Commissioner Evans Achoki said one of the two men on a motorcycle hurled a grenade tow...
  • South Sudan peace talks to open in Ethiopia
    South_sudan_peace_talks_to_open_in_ethiopia-diaalnews.com 2014-01-02 07:17:12 UTC
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Negotiators from South Sudan's two warring sides arrived Wednesday in Ethiopia for peace talks, and a U.N. official urged both forces to bring the world's newest country "back from the brink." Fighting continued in Bor,...
  • Police: 6 killed by car bombs in Somali capital
    S1.reutersmedia 2014-01-01 20:05:56 UTC
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police say two car bombs have exploded outside a hotel in Somalia's capital that often is used by foreigners and government officials, killing six people and wounding eight. Senior police Capt. Mohamed Hussein, who gav...
  • S.Africa marks New Year with 3D send-off of Mandela
    Story 2014-01-01 03:43:20 UTC
    Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's top tourist drawcard Cape Town bid farewell to 2013 with a 3D video send-off of Nelson Mandela as the nation entered the new year without its beloved icon. Mandela's face was briefly mapped onto the city hall in...
  • Crowds block airport in Central African Republic
    Central_african_republic_xjd103_39699485 2013-12-31 21:44:40 UTC
    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of angry people flooded the runway of the international airport in the chaotic capital of Central African Republic, shouting slogans against the nation's Muslim president, who grabbed power in a co...
  • Fresh fighting in South Sudan as peace deadline nears
    Sudan3 2013-12-31 11:09:08 UTC
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Heavy fighting erupted in Bor, South Sudan's contested provincial capital of Jonglei state, as rebels moved to retake control of the town from government troops, a military official said Tuesday, signaling both sides were ...
  • South Sudan: 'White Army' militia marches to fight
    2c06cb51b444352b470f6a706700f688 2013-12-29 08:29:50 UTC
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the "White Army" are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire. Seeking an e...
  • Libya releases 4 US military personnel
    73f1b8b95745ddb11ef3842cc422059a171b951c 2013-12-28 06:31:56 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, U.S. officials said Friday night. ...
  • Attack on presidential palace thwarted in Bangui
    9dd213c177ac0a2b470f6a7067009501 2013-12-27 03:51:24 UTC
    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Assailants armed with heavy weapons attempted late Thursday to attack the presidential palace as well as the residence of the Central African Republic's embattled leader, but were pushed back, officials said...
  • Christmas without Nelson Mandela
    Madiba-_our_beloved_father_of_freedom_we_salute_you! 2013-12-24 20:02:18 UTC
    The world will be a little emptier this year without Nelson Mandela in it, an iconic figure who exuded grace and dignity in the face of overwhelming inhumanity, cruelty and injustice. He will certainly be missed.
  • UN says mass grave of 34 found in South Sudan
    4485696f38add52b460f6a706700e479 2013-12-25 09:27:22 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.N. investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city in South Sudan, the United Nations said Tuesday, as a possible opening occurred for negotiations to avert civil war in the world's newest country where ethnic vi...
  • Plane wing clips building at Johannesburg airport
    Wing_of_british_airways_plane_clips_a_building_at_the_johannesburg_airport-diaalnews.com 2013-12-23 08:48:50 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African airport officials say four airport staff were slightly injured when the wing of a British Airways passenger aircraft clipped a building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport shortly before taking off fo...
  • Brits, Canadians still in South Sudan city US evacuated
    B523bb6dfc5dac2a460f6a706700a87b 2013-12-23 08:45:18 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Civilian helicopters evacuated U.S. citizens from a violent South Sudan city seeing bouts of heavy machine gun fire, but 3,000 citizens from countries like Canada, Britain and Kenya remain trapped there, a top U.N. official s...
  • Rebels hold key oil capital in South Sudan
    South_sudan's_president_salva_kiir_(top_right)_and_former_south_sudanese_vice_president_riek_machar_(bottom_left)_-diaalnews.com 2013-12-23 02:08:56 UTC
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fea...
  • 3 US military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded
    584a58f8dd2c922a460f6a7067004d0c 2013-12-22 05:51:41 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four ...
  • Document: Israeli Mossad trained Mandela
    Memories_of_nelson_mandela-_our_beloved_father_of_freedom_we_salute_you! 2013-12-24 01:57:14 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's state archives has published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela, along with documents illustrating the Jewish state's sympathy f...