Most recent Africa blogs and columns

  • In this image taken from video, dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu, South Sudan, on Sunday, April 20, 2014. The United Nations' top humanitarian official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that the ethnically targeted killings are "quite possibly a game-changer" for a conflict that has been raging since mid-December and that has exposed longstanding ethnic hostilities. There was also a disturbing echo of Rwanda, which is marking the 20th anniversary this month of its genocide that killed 1 million people. (AP Photo/Toby Lanzer, United Nations)

    Several Hundred Massacred in South Sudan; UN Council Expresses Horror

    NAIROBI, Kenya—The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to... Read more

  • Members of the former Congolese M23 rebels sit at a compound in Bihanga's Training School, about 380 kilometers south west of the capital Kampala, on February 7, 2014. The 1,325 M23 rebels at the facility have refuted the United Nations' claim that Uganda is training and regrouping them to attack the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Several Hundred M23 Rebels Stuck in Uganda Awaiting Congo Amnesty

    KAMPALA, Uganda—The civilian head of Congo’s vanquished M23 rebel movement says hundreds of rebels are stuck in Uganda as they await confirmation of amnesty from... Read more

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    Pangani, Kenya: Explosions at Police Station Near Nairobi, At Least Four Dead (+Photos)

    Explosions have been reported at the Pangani police station in Kenya and at least four people are believed to have been dead. Police intercepted the... Read more

  • Security personnel search for clues at the site where senior Egyptian police officer Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off, in a western suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Another police officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, Alexandria, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gamil)

    Bomb, Shooting Kills Two Egypt Policemen (+video)

    CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb... Read more

  • Congo Train Wreck Kills at Least 30

    KINSHASA, Congo—Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country’s southeast, killing at least 30 people. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Wednesday... Read more

  • Bomb, Shooting in Egypt Kills 2 Police Officers

    CAIRO— A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday... Read more

  • Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers parade during a passing out ceremony on April 16, 2014 at the Singo military training school, northwest of Uganda's capital Kampala, before being deployed with the United Nations in Somalia. (Peter Busomoke/AFP/Getty Images)

    Envoy Says UN Might Withdraw From Somalia if Attacks Continue

    WASHINGTON—The top United Nations envoy in Somalia is warning that foreign diplomats may have to withdraw from the war-ravaged nation if they continue to be... Read more

  • UN Official Saw ‘Piles and Piles’ of Bodies After Latest South Sudan Sectarian Massacre

    NAIROBI, Kenya— The U.N.’s top humanitarian official in South Sudan says he saw “piles and piles” of bodies after rebels belonging to one ethnic group... Read more

  • In this photo taken. Borno state governor Kashim Shettima, center, visit government secondary school Chibok on April, 21. 2014, were gunmen abducted more than 200 students in Chibok, Nigeria a week earlier. (AP Photo/ Haruna Umar

    230 Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted by Islamic Extremists Still Missing

    CHIBOK, Nigeria—A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a... Read more

  • FILE - In this Friday Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, the carcass of one of eight rhino lays on the ground at Finfoot Lake Reserve near Tantanana, South Africa. A U.S. firm recently gave smart phones to some game rangers in South Africa to help them track poachers who kill rhinos for their horns. The rate of poaching in South Africa _ home to most of Africa’s rhinos _ in 2013, is on track to exceed the record number of illegal kills in 2012, conservation officials say. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

    Thieves Steal Rhino Horns in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG— South African officials say thieves have stolen a stockpile of rhino horns from the offices of a provincial parks agency, dealing a setback to... Read more

  • A young man describes the experience of his journey from South Sudan in the Kule refugee camp near the Pagak Border Entry point in the Gambela Region of Ethiopia, on April 2, 2014, during a visit of the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Condemns Ethnic Killings of Civilians in South Sudan

    KAMPALA, Uganda—The United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Monday condemned what it called “the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and... Read more

  • Soldiers try to stop a crowd of people surging to look at skeleton of persons suspected to have been killed by kidnappers in a bush near an abandoned building in the southeastern city of Ibadan March 24, 2014. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

    Parents Report 234 Girls Were Kidnapped From Nigeria School

    CHIBOK, Nigeria—Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education... Read more

  • A Somali police officer looks at the wreckage of the car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April, 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Car Bomb Kills Somali Lawmaker

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—A Somali police official says a legislator in the country’s parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on... Read more

  • Algerian security forces stand guard on a ridge looking down on the Algerian city of Ghardaia on March 18, 2014 during an operation to secure the city following sectarian clashes. The city of 90,000 inhabitants has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect. (Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images)

    Insurgents Kill at Least 11 Algerian Soldiers

    ALGIERS, Algeria—Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. But... Read more

  • Militants Kill 14 Algerian Soldiers in Ambush

    ALGIERS, Algeria— Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack... Read more

  • Egypt's former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, shakes hands with Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 19, 2014. El-Sissi on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required.  He is widely expected to win.  (AP Photo/Girgis Mahboub, Office of the Coptic Pope)

    Egypt’s El-Sissi Visits Coptic Pope Before Easter

    CAIRO—Egypt’s former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally... Read more

  • In this Thursday, May 24, 2007 photo, Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe arrives for the screening of the film "Ocean's Thirteen," at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France. The head of Egypt’s censorship board says he has resigned after the country’s prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring Haifa Wehbe to be shown. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Egypt’s Censorship Board Head Resigns in Film Spat

    CAIRO—The head of Egypt’s censorship board says he has resigned after the country’s prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry... Read more

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh, India, 2009. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Wildlife Gives a Wake Up Call for Our Survival

    His voice carries a palpable sense of urgency, “We are in the eleventh hour!” he says. His passion for life undeniable, “Honoring life, is more... Read more

  • n this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef poses during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt. On Saturday, April, 19, 2014, the Saudi-owned television network Middle East Broadcasting Center says the top Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef will be off the air until after the Egyptian presidential elections to avoid influencing voters. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

    Egypt’s TV Satirist Off Air Until After Elections

    CAIRO—A Saudi-owned satellite television network says Egypt’s top satirist will be off the air until after the upcoming May presidential election to avoid influencing voters... Read more

  • A video grab taken 06 July 2006 from the pan-Arab satellite television network al-Jazeera shows Ayman al-Zawahri, then al-Qaeda second-in-command. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Al-Qaida Chief Blesses Attacks on Egypt Security

    CAIRO—Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians... Read more