Somali Farmers Rejoice At End Of Militant Tax

The farmers in Afgoye, a town on the outskirts of Mogadishu long controlled by Islamist militants, didn't even wait to clear away the bullet casings from last week's battles before filling up trucks with produce to drive into the capital. Farmers here are rejoicing at the taking of Afgoye by African Union … [Read more...]

Fertlizer Bomb Suspected In Nairobi IED Blast

Police announced Tuesday 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 on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the smell of … [Read more...]

Lesotho Prime Minister’s Party Wins Vote

The party of the longtime prime minister won Lesotho's parliamentary elections, according to complete results posted Tuesday on the website of the southern African country's Independent Electoral Commission. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili's Democratic Congress won 41 of 80 seats, the simple majority … [Read more...]

Somali President’s Convoy Ambushed By Militants

The spokesman for the African Union force in Somalia says that militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles carrying Somalia's president but that the attack was repelled. Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said Tuesday's attack against the president's convoy happened as the president was traveling from the newly liberated … [Read more...]

Zimbabwe Recovers 50 Elephant Tusks

Wildlife authorities say rangers shot dead a poacher in northwestern Zimbabwe and seized 28 elephant tusks from a bush hideout. The National Parks and Wildlife Authority said in a statement Tuesday the poacher, aged about 50, died in an exchange of fire over the weekend in Binga near the border with … [Read more...]

Mandela Returning To Home Village

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is leaving Johannesburg on Tuesday to take up residence in his eastern home village of Qunu, the country's current leader said Monday. In a statement Monday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela will stay in Qunu indefinitely. Mandela is in good health and we … [Read more...]

S.Sudan Says It Repels Sudan Attack Before Talks

South Sudan said Monday it has repelled attacks by Sudan along its disputed north-south border only one day before the two countries are to resume negotiations over oil wealth sharing and defining their shared border. South Sudan military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said its Western Bahr-el-Ghazal, … [Read more...]

Lesotho Vote: PM’s Party Moves Ahead Of Opposition

The party of Lesotho's longtime prime minister moved ahead of the main opposition as vote counting neared completion for the southern African country's parliamentary elections, the Independent Electoral Commission reported Monday. The commission posted results from 70 of 80 constituencies on its website … [Read more...]

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 3 People ‘resting Under Tree’

Police say gunmen have shot dead three people in a major northern Nigerian city where sect attacks have claimed more than a hundred lives. Kano state police spokesman Rilwanu Dutse says the attack occurred Saturday just before the predominantly Muslim city of Kano prepared for the sunset prayer. Dutse said … [Read more...]

Guinea-Bissau Rambles On, Despite Coup

Campaign banners from an election that was violently interrupted still hang in the main thoroughfare of this steamy capital, a reminder that a stable government is far from the country's grasp. Guinea-Bissau was just weeks away from holding a presidential runoff election when soldiers attacked the … [Read more...]