Nigeria Police Free Lecce Player Obodo

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria say they have freed Christian Obodo, a midfielder for Italy's Udinese football club who was kidnapped in the country's oil-rich delta. Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka said that officers found the athlete in the state unharmed Sunday night and arrested … [Read more...]

Nigeria Police Search For Lecce Player Obodo

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers in Nigeria have demanded $187,500 from the family of midfielder Christian Obodo, a player for Italy's Udinese football club abducted in the country's oil-rich southern delta, police said Sunday. Gunmen seized Obodo on Saturday as he arrived in front of a church outside the … [Read more...]

Area Around Tunisian Capital Placed Under Curfew

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An area around the Tunisian capital was placed under curfew Tuesday following protests by radical Islamists, along with several other areas of the North African country. Interior Ministry communications director Ridha Kazdalli said on national television the curfew is temporary and would … [Read more...]

Japanese City Balks At US Aircraft Deployment

TOKYO (AP) — Safety concerns after a recent crash have put plans to briefly deploy the U.S. Osprey aircraft to a Japanese city on hold, officials said Tuesday. Opposition to the plan to temporarily base the helicopter-like planes in the city of Iwakuni has been rising since the fatal crash in April left two … [Read more...]

27 Killed In Village Robberies In North Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A local government official says armed robbers in north Nigeria killed 27 people while attacking villages preparing for a local market day. Ibrahim Sidi, an official with the Maru local government in Zamfara state, said he and other officials counted the dead after Monday's attack. Talatu … [Read more...]

Cell Phone Video Shows Burning Of Sudan Village

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A rare video shot by a soldier in a unit nicknamed the "match battalion" shows Sudanese troops burning a village in southern Sudan last year. The 5-minute cellphone video shows bright orange flames burning through a stick-hut village. One soldier carries a flaming torch as the sound of … [Read more...]

Somalia Progress: US Official Visits Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The highest ranking U.S. official to visit Somalia's capital in nearly two decades landed in Mogadishu on Sunday in another sign of improving security in the Horn of Africa's most chaotic nation. Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, arrived at the … [Read more...]

Official: Egypt’s Mubarak In Critical Condition

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ailing former president Hosni Mubarak is slipping in and out of consciousness eight days after he was transferred to a hospital inside a Cairo prison to serve his life sentence, a security official said on Sunday. In order to squash rumors of his death, authorities granted his wife, … [Read more...]

Helicopter Crash: Kenya Govt Minister Among 7 Dead

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say a cabinet minister who once served as Kenya's vice president has been killed in a helicopter crash near the capital. The officials said Internal Security Minister George Saitoti was one of seven people killed in the crash on the outskirts of Nairobi. Saitoti, an … [Read more...]

APNewsBreak: US Official Lands In Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The highest ranking U.S. official to visit Somalia's capital in years has landed in Mogadishu. Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, arrived in Somalia's capital Sunday. Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the spokesman for the African Union military force in … [Read more...]