UN Says 7 Peacekeepers Killed In Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an ambush Friday in a remote area of southwestern Ivory Coast while trying to protect civilians threatened by attack, the United Nations said. Bert Koenders, the U.N. envoy to the west African nation, said the peacekeepers were part of a patrol … [Read more...]

American Kidnapped In Benin, US Embassy Says

An American citizen has been kidnapped in the normally peaceful and politically stable nation of Benin, according to U.S. officials. A statement published Tuesday on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the West African country, did not identify the kidnapping victim or say when he or she was abducted. It … [Read more...]

Lesotho Premier Resigns After Inconclusive Vote

Lesotho's news agency says the southern African country's longtime prime minister has resigned after winning a parliamentary election, but failing to secure enough seats to retain power. After 14 years in power, Pakalitha Mosisili's resignation Wednesday opens the way to a transition to a coalition of … [Read more...]

Kenya Military Says It Captures Somali Town

Kenya's military spokesman says Kenyan troops have captured a rebel-held town in southern Somalia. Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir on Wednesday also announced the deaths of 17 al-Shabab fighters in two separate engagements. Chirchir said that Kenyan troops killed six fighters in the town of Hayo. Chirchir also … [Read more...]

Protests Over Renaming Nigeria University Grow

Commandeered buses blocked off the main bridge linking Nigeria's largest city Wednesday, stranding thousands of commuters as protesters took over the 12-kilometer (7½-mile) span to demonstrate against the country's president. Their rage didn't focus on rampant government corruption, increasing terrorist … [Read more...]

Cracks Appear In Newly Signed Rebel Merger In Mali

Negotiations between two rebel groups in Mali's north, who signed an initial agreement to merge and create a new Islamic state in the region, have run into problems over the imposition of Shariah law and the influence of an al-Qaida-linked group, representatives from both groups said Wednesday. The … [Read more...]

South Africa’s Mandela Celebrates Party’s 100th

Nelson Mandela's African National Congress brought its centenary celebrations to his home village in rural eastern South Africa Wednesday. State television released images of a delegation led by the governing party's national chairperson, Baleka Mbete, visiting the anti-apartheid icon's Qunu home with a … [Read more...]

Victims Of Brutal War Rejoice At Taylor Sentencing

Amputees still struggling to lead normal lives years after being mutilated by rebels in Sierra Leone, hailed the decision by judges at The Hague on Wednesday to sentence the man who backed those rebels, ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, to 50 years in prison. In a landmark ruling by the Special Court … [Read more...]

Fertilizer Bomb Suspected In Nairobi IED Blast

Police announced that an improvised explosive device caused a blast that ripped through a building full of small shops in downtown Nairobi, with one official saying it may have been a fertilizer bomb. The official, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the smell of … [Read more...]

Nigerian Students Protest University Name Change

Students at one of Nigeria's oldest universities protested a presidential announcement renaming the school Tuesday, saying that while the institution has been neglected, its name is still a famous brand they want to hang on to. President Goodluck Jonathan announced on state-run television that the … [Read more...]