• Senegal's exile ex-president comes home to support son April 23, 2014
    Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade was due to return home on Wednesday after two years abroad following his election defeat, with his son facing jail for corruption. Wade, who held power from 2000 to 2012, moved to France after suffering a bitter defeat to current President Macky Sall, his former prime minister turned arch-rival, in March 2012. D […]
  • Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland April 23, 2014
    HELSINKI (AP) — Convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, two years after the Singaporean was jailed in the Nordic country for bribing Finnish league players, officials said Wednesday.
  • Major international effort seen as crucial to end South Sudan carnage April 23, 2014
    As ethnic massacres in South Sudan spiral out of control and politicians lose their grip on rampaging militias, only a concerted international effort stands any chance of ending the four-month-old civil war, analysts say. The past week has been described by a senior UN official as the "most bleak" in South Sudan's short history, with pro-gover […]
  • Mali denounces 'cowardly murder' of French hostage April 23, 2014
    Mali has denounced as a "cowardly and despicable murder" the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation's top jihadist groups. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP on Tuesday Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was "dead, because France is o […]
  • S.African mother held over children's deaths in London April 23, 2014
    A South African woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her three disabled children were found dead at their London home, police and media said Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said a 42-year-old woman was in custody after the bodies of a four-year-old girl and two three-year-old boys were found on Tuesday evening. The parents were named in th […]
  • Flip van der Merwe banned for 3 weeks for striking April 23, 2014
    SYDNEY (AP) — Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe will miss this weekend's Super Rugby match against the Western Force and two more in South Africa after being banned for three weeks for striking an opponent in last Saturday's 19-12 loss to New South Wales in Sydney.
  • West should work with Russia against radical Islam: Blair April 23, 2014
    Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday. In a speech in London, the Middle East envoy said the spread of extremist ideology in that region as well as in Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa "represents the […]
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    PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.
  • China urges renewed peace effort in South Sudan after massacre April 23, 2014
    China on Wednesday urged renewed peace efforts in South Sudan after the United Nations said rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu. "We strongly condemn this and urge all sides in South Sudan, including the opposition and the authorities, to keep pushing political dialogue to resolve the relevant issu […]
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    By Stian Reklev BEIJING (Reuters) - China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's top climate change official said on Wednesday. EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is visiting China this week for two-way talks ahead of a June […]
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    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.
  • 20 years on, Mandela's party faces tough test in South Africa April 23, 2014
    Twenty years after the euphoria of South Africa's first democratic elections swept liberation hero Nelson Mandela to power, the ruling party faces its toughest test at the polls next month. Rampant corruption and a failure to erase apartheid's enduring legacy of abject poverty have sown social and political discontent in what is one of the most une […]
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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old.
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    Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is due to return home Wednesday after moving abroad following his election defeat, his party said, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption. Wade, who held power from 2000 to 2012, spent nearly two years in France after suffering a bitter defeat to current President Macky Sall, his former prime mi […]
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    By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether he will seek a third term as head of the east African state, adding "whatever will happen, we'll have an explanation." Articles in pro-government newspapers in recent years have raised the prospect of him staying on after his m […]
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    By Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing - its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on. China's depl […]
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    PARIS (AP) — One of two remaining French hostages in the west African nation of Mali probably died several weeks ago because of abusive treatment by his Islamic militant captors, President Francois Hollande's office said Tuesday.
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    One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro Abdoul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gav […]
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    A French man kidnapped two years ago in Mali by an al Qaeda-linked group is probably dead, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday after the insurgents said they had killed him. Gilberto Rodriguez-Leal, who would be 62 now, was captured in November 2012 while camping in the region. He had crossed from Mauritania into Mali where Islamist militants had taken adva […]
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    South Africa's government corruption watchdog is looking into an allegation that the ruling ANC party handed out state-paid mattresses in election campaigns ahead of general polls on May 7, a spokesman said Tuesday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is planning a meeting with the country's social security agency after a complaint from new opposition […]
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    South Africa plans to store its stockpile of seized rhino horn at a heavily-secured central location after thieves stole millions-of-dollars worth of horns from a provincial government safe. The Environmental Affairs ministry told AFP Tuesday it would press ahead with a decision to shift the stocks, after thieves broke into the north-eastern Mpumalanga provi […]
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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a nighttime theft, robbers broke into a South African provincial parks office with a 24-hour security service and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding a stockpile of rhino horn worth a fortune on the illegal market in parts of Asia.
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    Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche will learn on Tuesday whether he will be left off Nigeria's World Cup squad. National team coach Stephen Keshi has accused Uche of being "tactically indisciplined" and has snubbed him since last year’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa. The 30-year-old Uche has been one of Nigeria’s most reliable s […]
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    Ramena (Madagascar) (AFP) - Madagascar has launched an emergency operation to prevent a stricken tanker from unleashing 10,000 cubic metres of crude oil into the postcard-perfect Emerald Sea off the country's north coast. Jerome Sambalis of Madagascar's port authority said specialist teams are being flown to the Indian Ocean island after the Bahami […]
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    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.
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    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya plans to expel 271 migrants from sub-Saharan countries in a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration to and through the North African country, state news agency LANA said on Tuesday. The emigrants will be deported to their home countries Chad, Niger, Eritrea, Ghana, Sudan and Nigeria, LANA said, quoting immigration officials. Many mig […]
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    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African troops captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by the rebels, Uganda's military said Tuesday, the latest blow against the rebel group in an international hunt for its fugitive leaders.
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    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two gunmen belonging to an Islamic extremist group shot and killed a Somali legislator on Tuesday as he stepped out of his home in the capital, the second fatal attack on a member of parliament in as many days, police said.
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    SYRACUSE, New York (AP) — Authorities say a 47-year-old man who fled to Africa after being charged in 2010 with raping a child in western New York has been captured in Britain.
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  • Togo seizes tusks of 500 dead elephants February 3, 2014
    Authorities in Togo have seized nearly 4 tons  of ivory —  the tusks from over 500 dead elephants — hidden in containers destined for Vietnam, officials said on Monday.
  • Mandela leaves $4.1 million to family, schools, ANC February 3, 2014
    Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela left some 46 million rand ($4.1 million) in assets to family members, former staff, several schools and South Africa's ruling party, his will executors said Monday.
  • Suspected Islamists kill 62 in Nigeria; 22 in church January 27, 2014
    YOLA, Nigeria –  Suspected insurgents armed with guns and explosives killed at least 62 people in northeast Nigeria, including at a church service, in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military crackdown, witnesses said on Monday.
  • US missile strike targets Somali militant leader January 26, 2014
    The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday, targeting a suspected militant leader with links to the al Qaeda and al Shabaab terror networks, U.S. military officials told NBC News. U.S.
  • US family to try rescue effort for S.Sudanese orphans January 24, 2014
    An American family who fled an orphanage they set up in South Sudan because of the outbreak of fighting there, are planning to spend $6,800 on a private plane to fly back into the violence-ravaged nation to rescue 10 orphans who were in their care.
  • South Sudan rivals sign ceasefire deal January 24, 2014
    South Sudan's government and rebels signed a ceasefire Thursday to end more than five weeks of fighting that divided Africa's newest nation and brought it to the brink of civil war. U.S. President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N.
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    A 29.6-carat blue diamond, one of the rarest and most coveted in the world with a possible price tag of tens of millions of dollars, has been discovered at a South African mine by Petra Diamonds.
  • Several arrested for being gay in Nigeria under new law January 14, 2014
    Nigerian police targeted a group of gay men and tortured them into naming dozens of others, human rights activists said Tuesday.
  • Video: New Leader of Central African Republic Orders Crackdown January 13, 2014
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  • Ex-soldier who wanted to help al-Qaeda gets 7 years January 13, 2014
    A former U.S. Army specialist who admitted to trying to aid the al-Shabaab militant group — the al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia that claimed responsibility for the horrific mall siege in Kenya — was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.
  • Nigerian president signs anti-gay bill into law January 13, 2014
    ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill on Monday that criminalizes same-sex relationships, defying pressure from Western governments to respect gay and lesbian rights.
  • US deploys small military team to Somalia January 10, 2014
    The United States deployed a small team of military advisers to be based in Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years. The team, called the Mogadishu Coordination Cell, began moving in quietly in October and was fully operational by mid-December.
  • Celebratory gunfire as C. African Republic leader quits January 10, 2014
    BANGUI, Central African Republic - Celebratory gunfire was heard on the streets Friday after the president of the war-torn Central African Republic stepped down amid international efforts to stem a growing humanitarian crisis.
  • Safari club calls in FBI over rhino-hunt death threats January 9, 2014
    A Texas safari club auctioning a permit to hunt an endangered black rhino has contacted the FBI after receiving death threats from animal rights activists, the club said Thursday.
  • Central African Republic crisis: 'Like Darfur, plus anarchy' January 8, 2014
    At Bangui International Airport in Central African Republic, nearly 100,000 people are living in a makeshift camp after fleeing the unspeakable violence that has seized this nation. NBC's Ann Curry reports.
  • African migrants protest Israel detention policy January 5, 2014
    TEL AVIV — Thousands of African migrants, many holding banners demanding freedom for compatriots jailed as illegal job-seekers by Israel, protested on Sunday in a main Tel Aviv square against a new open-ended detention law.
  • Marines evacuate US Embassy staff from South Sudan January 3, 2014
    Marines used a KC-130 cargo plane to evacuate about 20 Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan, on Friday in a move to protect personnel from the deteriorating security situation. 
  • US missionaries to fly out of South Sudan January 3, 2014
    An American family caring for 10 orphans in South Sudan were due to fly out of the country Friday night and leave the children at a United Nations camp after being forced to flee intensifying violence.
  • Time running out for US missionaries in South Sudan January 2, 2014
    Time is running out for an American family in South Sudan struggling to rescue 10 orphans from the country, their U.S. friends said Thursday.
  • 233 migrants rescued from 33-foot boat off Italy January 2, 2014
    The Italian navy has rescued 233 migrants from an overcrowded smugglers' boat in rough seas south of Sicily.
  • 'Terrorist' grenade wounds 10 at Kenya nightclub January 2, 2014
    A grenade attack on a popular nightclub outside the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa wounded at least 10 people early on Thursday, police said.
  • 'Missiles' fly over US missionary fleeing orphanage January 1, 2014
    An American couple who set up an orphanage in South Sudan must choose whether to leave the violence-ravaged country or to stay with the orphans.

 

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