Africa

Protests Remove Burkina Faso President; General Assumes Presidency

People gather near a government building as they await the announcement of a new interim leader in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. An army general stepped into the vacuum left in Burkina Faso on Friday by the resignation President Blaise Compaore, who ended his 27-year reign under pressure from violent protests. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)
People gather near a government building as they await the announcement of a new interim leader in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. An army general stepped into the vacuum left in Burkina Faso on Friday by the resignation President Blaise Compaore, who ended his 27-year reign under pressure from violent protests. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso—The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one...




  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest  against their longtime president  Blaise Compaore who is  seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    Burkina Faso President Declares State of Emergency

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso—Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire,... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, file photo, Gold medalist South Africa's Oscar Pistorius poses with his medal during the ceremony after winning the men's 400 meters T44 category final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, in London. Double-amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, who shot and killed Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home last year, had earlier been convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    Oscar Pistorius Update: Blade Runner Can Compete in 2016 Olympics if Declared Eligible

    LONDON—Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic organizers would welcome Oscar Pistorius to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro if the South African runner is declared eligible... Read more

  • African Union (AU) soldiers look for enemy combatants through the scope of a rifle on a hill overlooking the al-Shabab stronghold of Barawe, a coastal town 220 kilometers (135 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, in Somalia, on Oct. 5, 2014. Officials in Somalia say AU and Somali troops have seized Barawe, the last major stronghold held by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab, with the AU claiming it as a significant victory because al-Shabab had used the port to bring in arms and fighters and export charcoal, a multi-million-dollar business. (AP Photo/AMISOM, Tobin Jones)

    UAE Official Warns of Potential for ISIS-Shabab Link

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, saying... Read more

  • French Forces, Insurgents Clash in Mali

    PARIS—A French soldier has been killed in Mali during an operation by French forces against an “armed terrorist group” in the north of the country, the French presidency said Wednesday. The air command parachute... Read more

  • Zambian deputy president Guy Scott (C) attends the burial of Zimbabwe's deputy president John Nkomo, at the Heroes Acre, in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan 21, 2014. Following the death of Zambian President Michael Sata, the Zambian government says Guy Scott will become acting president of the southern African nation until new elections are held within 90 days. President Michael Sata, who had been gravely ill in a London hospital, died late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    White Zambian Named Acting President

    LUSAKA, Zambia—Zambia’s vice president Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country’s acting president on Wednesday, making him the first white leader... Read more

  • Rebels Chase Troops From Northeast Nigerian Towns

    YOLA, Nigeria—Islamic extremists overran a major northeastern town that is home to Nigeria’s defense chief on Wednesday, looting the army barracks, freeing prisoners from jail and frightening... Read more

  • 30,000 Rally in Benin Capital for Elections

    COTONOU, Benin—Nearly 30,000 people demonstrated in Benin’s capital to back the opposition’s call for local elections. The local elections were supposed to take place in... Read more

  • Kenyan medical workers from the Infection Prevention and Control unit wearing full protective equipment are pictured as they show on Oct. 28, 2014, how to handle an infected Ebola patient on a portable negative pressure bed at the Kenyatta national hospital in Nairobi. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

    WHO: Ebola Decline in Liberia Could Be Real Trend

    DAKAR, Senegal—The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over... Read more

  • A team of funeral agents specialized in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus carry a body to its grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, on October 10, 2014.(Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sierra Leone President Asks People to Change Behavior to Defeat Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—Sierra Leone’s president says the country is at war with Ebola and that more treatment centers alone will not defeat the disease: People... Read more

  • FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, a man and child walk past a crater from a suicide car bomb attack on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt. Egyptian authorities on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, officials said. The measure comes four days after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abu Deraa, File)

    Army Moves In as Egyptians Leave Homes Near Gaza

    EL-ARISH, Egypt— Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gaza following military orders, to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to... Read more

  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during a special session of the Executive Committee of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, at the United Nations' European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 1 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    No Flak Jacket: UN’s Ban Ki-moon Lands in Somalia

    MOGADISHU, Somalia— U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made his second trip to Somalia’s capital on Wednesday, walking around the seaside airport complex in a dark business... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014,  Yaa Kyerewaa waits for clients as she stands next to her makeshift bush meat shop at one of the largest local markets in Accra, Ghana.  This “bush meat” was once considered a delicacy and fetched premium prices but Ebola has frightened away customers and it has been many days since Kyerewaa sold anything, so she cuts a sullen figure as she stands beside a pile of animal parts including the jaws of giant rodents, the hooves of wild pigs and snails. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)

    Ebola Puts Ghana’s Bush Meat Traders Out of Work

    ACCRA, Ghana— Yaa Kyerewaa cuts a lonely figure beside a pile of animal parts: the jaws of a giant rodent, the hooves of wild pigs,... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Zambian president Michael Sata waves after taking the oath of office on the steps of the top court in Lusaka, Zambia. The Zambian government says President Michael Sata has died died late Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 in London where he was being for an illness. Sata's wife, Christine Kaseba, and other family members were with the 77-year-old president when he died. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    Zambian President Dies in London Hospital

    LUSAKA, Zambia— Zambian leader Michael Sata, a longtime opposition leader who was finally elected president in 2011, died after an illness, the Zambian government said... Read more

  • Pirates Hijack Police Gunboat; Gunmen Kill One German Worker, Kidnap Two More

    WARRI, Nigeria—Gunmen killed a German man and kidnapped a second in southwest Nigeria, police said Tuesday as the military reported that pirates in the oil-rich... Read more

  • Sri Lankan health workers wear protective gear as they attend a preparedness program for Ebola at the Infectious Disease Hospital for fever in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. Airports in Asia have stepped up their defenses: screening passengers who have travelled from affected countries, taking any with high temperature for observation and trying to keep contact them with for 21 days, the incubation period. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    West Africa Nations Need 5,000 Ebola Health Care Workers

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—More than 5,000 additional health care workers are needed to fight Ebola in the three most affected countries in West Africa, the president... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

    Nigeria: Pirates Hijack Gunboat, Kidnap Workers

    WARRI, Nigeria— Nigeria’s military says pirates in the country’s oil-rich Niger Delta hijacked a police gunboat, killed three officers and kidnapped six local oil workers... Read more


    Top