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...
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...