Africa

Kidnapped Mozambican Businessman Released

MAPUTO, Mozambique— Authorities in Mozambique say a wealthy businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released. Interior Minister Alberto Mondlane said Saturday that Mohamed...

Africa

Extremists in Nigeria Lining up Elderly and Shooting Them

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria— Witnesses say Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are lining up elderly people and shooting them — a new tactic instilling fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. Residents from five villages say people too elderly to …... Read More




  • A member of the Libyan military police looks through binoculars as they fight alongside troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, in clashes with Islamist gunmen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Dec. 16, 2014. (Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pulling Libya Back from the Brink

    Despite an encouraging communiqué by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) this week praising the commitment of the various Libyan parties to a dialogue,... Read more

  • Riot police are ordered inside the Parliament building itself as chaos between MPs erupts inside, in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows on changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties, with opposition legislators throwing the papers on the floor and government supporters hitting and tearing the clothes of an opposition senator. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Kenya President Signs Potentially Repressive Security Law

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, A health worker volunteer talks with residents on how to prevent and identify the Ebola virus in others, and distributes bars of soap in Freetown, Sierra. Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone’s capital to search for the sick. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched “Operation Western Area Surge” on Wednesday in a national broadcast. While infection rates appear to be stabilizing or declining in neighboring Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is still seeing a surge of cases, especially the Western Area, which includes Freetown and its surroundings.  (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)

    UN Sec General Visits Ebola-Afflicted West African Nations

    MONROVIA, Liberia—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of... Read more

  • An aerial view shows flood waters in Chokwe, Mozambique, Wednesday, Jan 30 2013.  (AP Photo/Theana Breugem-Foto24)  SOUTH AFRICA OUT

    5 Die in Mozambique Floods

    MAPUTO, Mozambique— Five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain, according to Mozambican authorities. Five homes were also... Read more

  • Egypt Sentences 41 Morsi Supporters for Rioting

    ASSIUT, Egypt—A criminal court in southern Egypt has convicted 41 Islamists on charges of rioting in August last year, and sentenced them to prison terms... Read more

  • In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, Hissein Abakar, sits in Boda, Central African Republic. Hissein, lost his 14-year-old son Ali when he was shot in the head by Christian militia fighters in Boda and attacked with machetes. In the fighting that ensued, at least eight others were killed.  More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

    Official: 28 Die in Clashes in Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic— Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, A health worker volunteer talks with residents on how to prevent and identify the Ebola virus in others, and distributes bars of soap in Freetown, Sierra. Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone’s capital to search for the sick. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched “Operation Western Area Surge” on Wednesday in a national broadcast. While infection rates appear to be stabilizing or declining in neighboring Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is still seeing a surge of cases, especially the Western Area, which includes Freetown and its surroundings.  (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)

    11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies From Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a... Read more

  • FILE -In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria.  On Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, the court-martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists, connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet. The lawyer for the condemned men, Femi Falana, said the 54 soldiers were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad. He said five soldiers were acquitted.(AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga FILE)

    Nigeria Sentences 54 Soldiers to Death by Firing Squad

    ABUJA, Nigeria— A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing... Read more

  • Local residents look at a British Navy helicopter after it made a food drop on Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. The WFP, World Food Program and British Military took part in a three day food distribution effort for local residents on the remote Sherbro Island, where the Ebola virus has prevented people from farming, fishing or gathering food. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

    Search for Ebola in Sierra Leone Capital Begins

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone— Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone’s capital to search for the sick... Read more

  • African Leaders: West Should Intervene in Libya

    DAKAR, Senegal—African leaders are calling on Western countries to intervene in Libya to stem a flow of arms to militant groups in the Sahel region... Read more

  • Congolese President Joseph Kabila addresses some 250 people gathered at a hotel in the north eastern city of Beni, on October 31, 2014. (Alain Wandimoyi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Congo President Wants UN Withdraw Peacekeeping Force

    KINSHASA, Congo—Congo’s president urged the United Nations on Monday to start withdrawing from the enormous country where a peacekeeping mission has been based for 15... Read more

  • FILE - In this file photo of Sunday Dec. 29, 2013 file photo,  displaced people gather around a water truck to fill containers at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    UN Says Tens of Thousands Killed in South Sudan Conflict in 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions”... Read more

  • Ugandan Nanny Given 4 Years for Assaulting Toddler

    KAMPALA, Uganda— A Ugandan nanny convicted of assaulting a toddler has been sentenced to four years in jail. The maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, pleaded guilty... Read more

  • Renegade Ugandan General Quietly Returns Home

    KAMPALA, Uganda— A renegade Ugandan general who fled the country last year over an alleged threat to his life has returned to Uganda in what... Read more

  • A group of students protest against the dismissal of the murder case against toppled President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during Egypt’s 2011 uprising, at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi dismissed the case on a technicality, saying Mubarak’s referral to prosecution ignored an earlier decision by prosecutors not to try him. Al-Rashidi did, however, find Mubarak’s security chief and six of his top aides not guilty on charges of ordering the killings, a ruling that implicitly absolves Mubarak. (AP Photo/Ravy Shaker, El Shorouk newspaper)

    Egypt Sends 439 to Military Trials Over Violence

    CAIRO—Egypt’s top prosecutor referred 439 people to military tribunals on Saturday for acts of violence including the killing of three policemen last year, while authorities... Read more

  • Nigerian Troops Win Back Cities From Extremists

    MUBI, Nigeria—With a military escort instead of the usual pomp, the Emir of Mubi was reinstalled Friday in his palace, where until recently flew the... Read more


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