African Leaders Seek To Remove Gbagbo

A group of African leaders will make another attempt to get Ivory Coast's incumbent president to step down before using force to remove him, officials said.Leaders from Benin, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone and Kenya were also expected to offer President Laurent Gbagbo amnesty if he quits, the BBC reported.The … [Read more...]

Petrodollars Boost African Arms Buying

Defense spending in Africa has increased significantly over the last few years, largely because the continent's key oil producers have scored heavy economic gains as crude prices have risen.An annual review of the African defense market by Forecast International says that this trend is unsustainable over the … [Read more...]

10 Die In S. Africa Bar Stampede

A New Year celebration at a bar in South Africa ended tragically with 10 people dying in a stampede, authorities said.The deadly incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. Saturday near the entrance to the dance floor at the nightspot in Ipelegeng, about 125 miles west of Johannesburg, Sky News reported.Capt. Adele … [Read more...]

Ivory Coast Leader Alleges Coup

One of two men sworn in as president of the West African nation of Ivory Coast said Saturday the international community is staging a coup against him.Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo said in a New Year's eve address in Abidjan that pressure on him to resign following disputed elections Nov. 28 were an … [Read more...]

At Least 7 Dead In Car Bomb In Egypt

At least seven people were killed and at least 24 were wounded Saturday when a car bomb exploded outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt, authorities said.Citing security officials whose names were not reported, Egyptian media reported that the car bomb went off at 12:20 p.m. local time in front of the Church … [Read more...]

Egyptian Church Blast Deaths Rise To 21

A car bomb killed at least 21 people outside an Egyptian Coptic Christian church in Alexandria Saturday, an act the president described as terrorist activity.President Hosni Mubarak later issued a statement calling for Christians and Muslims to stand up" against religious violence, Voice of America … [Read more...]