Africa

  • Reeva Steenkamp 'scared' of Pistorius at times
    Pistorius-diaalnews.com 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
    Diaalnews 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
    16_killed_in_stampedes_for_jobs_in_nigeria-diaalnews.com 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
    28735d8025e6530a4e0f6a706700948d 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
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 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?
    --diaalnews.com 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
    Moammar_gadhafi's_son_al-saadi-diaalnews.com 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
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 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
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-13_um_17.35.41 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. So th...
  • Central African Republic orphans walk to refuge alone
    678adce0e5e1d6074c0f6a706700bb76 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
    Dozens_of_students_were_killed_in_a_nigerian_school_-news 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
    Uganda-gay-diaalnews.com 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
    2014-02-21t081327z_1_ajoea1k0muh00_rtroptp_2_ozatp-tunisia-crash-20140221 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
    3455bf1259d0d0064b0f6a706700f402 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
    Ethiopia_ruled_out_military_takeover_amid_state_of_emergency 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
    Diaalnews 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
    Diaalnews 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
    Pa-16455760 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
    New_push_against_polio_and_new_vaccines_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
    49f8078b5dbc2a054b0f6a706700bb83 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
    Cyril_ramaphosa_elected_as_new_leader_of_the_south_africa's_ruling_party_anc 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
    D9b4351a1526f7054a0f6a706700c551 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
    Bossangoa-central-african-007 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
    Close_to_1000_miners_trapped_1km_underground_at_a_gold_mine_in_south_africa 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
    94aeb984cc13c3044a0f6a7067004d5e 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 ...