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Son of Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwean hunt

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:32:44 UT

A group named Friends of Hwange Trust said Thursday on Facebook that 6-year-old Xanda, Cecil's son, was shot on a "legal trophy hunt" several days ago. The group says Xanda, who was wearing a GPS collar installed by researchers, was killed outside the boundary of Hwange National Park.



Police: Two Burundi teens seen crossing into Canada; no foul play seen with other missing robotics team members

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:10:18 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police: Two Burundi teens seen crossing into Canada; no foul play seen with other missing robotics team members.



Angola's president returns from Spain amid health concerns

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:06:17 UT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angolan media say President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned to the country from Spain, where he has received medical treatment this year. The state-run news agency Agencia Angola Press reported Thursday that dos Santos and his wife, Ana Paula dos Santos, arrived at a military base in Luanda, the capital.



Kenya court says Dubai firm can print presidential ballot

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:45:59 UT

Leading opposition contender and former prime minister Raila Odinga has claimed a plot to rig the election by printing 2 million additional ballots. The Court of Appeal ruled that it was unable to find evidence that the electoral commission awarded the contract irregularly, and that the High Court didn't take into consideration the short amount of time remaining before the vote.



Cameroon torturing suspects in Boko Haram fight: New report

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:23:09 UT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 100 people have been tortured by Cameroon security forces and held incommunicado in the past four years on suspicion of involvement with the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International. The rights group has called on Cameroon's government to end incommunicado detention and investigate all allegations of torture and other cruel treatment. "Detainees were severely beaten with various objects including electric cables, machetes and wooden sticks," suspended from poles and subjected to drowning, the report said, adding that many were deprived of food, water and medical attention. A letter from the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon to Amnesty International said it takes such allegations seriously, and "in accordance with the Leahy Law, do not furnish assistance to any security force unit if the secretary of state has credible information that such a unit has committed a gross violation of human rights."



Burundi's president goes abroad for 1st time since coup plot

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:11:32 UT

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's president is traveling out of the country for the first time since the failed coup attempt of May 2015, a government official said Thursday. Hundreds of people have been killed in the violence since April 2015, according to the United Nations, and rights groups accuse Burundi's security forces of carrying out serious rights abuses, including killings and disappearances.



3 Kenya men sentenced to death for stripping, abusing woman

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:54:26 UT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Wednesday sentenced three men to death for stripping naked and abusing a woman during a wave of attacks by mobs claiming that women were inappropriately dressed. Kenya's death penalty, by hanging, has not been carried out since 1987 and all such sentences are commuted to life imprisonment.



Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda, 93, is hospitalized

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:54:23 UT

ZNBC quotes Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya as saying Kaunda is in stable condition after "minor complaints" and could leave the hospital by Thursday. [...] the recent jailing of the main opposition leader and increased police powers have raised concern about Zambian democracy.



Trump administration letting Africa's crises drift: Experts

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:03:49 UT

A chief concern is that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has yet to appoint an assistant secretary in charge of African affairs, the top post in charge of Africa policy. Other White House moves suggest that Trump's "America First" foreign policy is increasing focus on security and counter-terrorism efforts in Africa over the humanitarian and development agenda supported by previous administrations. Several African nations face threats from extremist groups like Boko Haram and the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab. While the U.S. this month pledged nearly $640 million in humanitarian assistance to alleviate hunger in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, critics said the aid had been approved months earlier by Congress but delayed by the Trump administration. Current and former U.S. military leaders have warned that deep cuts to diplomacy and aid could jeopardize long-term U.S. interests overseas, and some lawmakers have pledged not to pass the budget as it stands. Others disagree, saying that without a president visibly engaged in Africa — especially after President Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan — U.S. diplomatic efforts could flounder. "What you have is a policy vacuum when it comes to basic, critical issues in Africa," said Steven Feldstein, a former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration.



South Africa searches for 8 missing fishermen after capsize

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:56:30 UT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Maritime emergency teams in South Africa are searching for eight missing fishermen whose boat capsized several days ago, killing at least one crewmember. Seven of the 16 crewmembers were rescued after the accident early Sunday off Cape St. Francis in Eastern Cape province. One body was recovered. President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said emergency workers "will not rest" until they find the missing crewmembers from the fishing vessel Maredon. South African media reported high waves and strong winds at the time of the accident.



Warnings as deadly Central African Republic violence returns

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:02:28 UT

BANGASSOU, Central African Republic (AP) — Bullet-riddled roofs line the "boulevard of death" in Central African Republic's southeastern town of Bangassou, where almost everyone who enters is seen as an enemy. The city, spared sectarian bloodshed until May, now has more than 2,000 Muslim residents forced to take refuge at the local cathedral after attacks by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia. More than 300 people have been killed and 100,000 displaced since May as violence that began in 2013 moves into the impoverished country's central and southeastern regions, prompting warnings of a national conflict roaring back to life. In Bangassou alone, more than 150 people have died in fighting between militias and U.N. peacekeeping forces. The U.N. refugee agency says more than 60,000 people have fled into remote northern Congo since May, the majority women and children, with some sleeping in the open and "desperately" in need of food.



Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:49:30 UT

The 20-year-old Pakistani activist told The Associated Press on Tuesday she was excited by the courage of the young women who are undaunted as they pursue an education amid one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The extremist group continues to carry out deadly attacks there, often using young female suicide bombers. Yousafzai was 15 when she shot in the head by Taliban militants in 2012, targeted due to her advocacy for women's education. On Monday, Yousafzai met with more than 100 who have since been rescued and now stay in the capital, Abuja, for what the government calls rehabilitation. Yousafzai also met Monday with acting President Yemi Osinbajo, speaking up for the more than 10 million children displaced by Boko Haram and pressing for the declaration of a state of emergency for education in Nigeria. UNICEF's country representative Mohamed Malick Fall said Yousafzai's visit is a symbol of hope, and "we will do everything in our power to make sure all children can keep learning."



Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:26:10 UT

The 20-year-old Pakistani activist told The Associated Press she was excited by the courage of the young women who are undaunted as they pursue an education amid one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The extremist group continues to carry out deadly attacks there, often using young female suicide bombers. Yousafzai was 15 when she shot in the head by Taliban militants in 2012, targeted due to her advocacy for women's education. On Monday, Yousafzai met with more than 100 who have since been rescued and now stay in the capital, Abuja, for what the government calls rehabilitation. Yousafzai also met Monday with acting President Yemi Osinbajo, speaking up for the more than 10 million children displaced by Boko Haram and pressing for the declaration of a state of emergency for education in Nigeria. UNICEF's country representative Mohamed Malick Fall said Yousafzai's visit is a symbol of hope, and "we will do everything in our power to make sure all children can keep learning."



South Sudan's leader declares state of emergency in 1 region

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:22:43 UT

Army spokesman Col. Santo Domic Chol says this is in response to increased tribal conflict in the region, including revenge killings and cattle raiding. The new state of emergency is expected to last 90 days, with a curfew imposed and more government troops dispatched.



Uber driver dies after attack on vehicle in South Africa

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:13:44 UT

Uber has assigned a team of former law enforcement officials to help police investigate the assault by a "small group of unknown individuals," the company said in a statement. The company said it was providing "additional security measures" around the train stations and had requested an urgent meeting with South Africa's police and transport ministers because "they are the only ones who can move this forward." The petition also says drivers are vulnerable to armed robberies in a country with a high crime rate, as some riders pay in cash.



At least 8 killed in blast at mosque in northeastern Nigeria

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:13:59 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — At least eight people were killed Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria. "There were two girls that wanted to attack the mosque but one of them got stuck in barbed wire in the ditch dug near the area, but the second one escaped and began to run as our operatives there began to chase after her," said spokesman Danbatta Bello with the Civilian-JTF self-defense force. The Islamic extremist group's insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people, abducted thousands of others and spilled over into neighboring countries.



South Africa fighting perceptions on rhino horn trade

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:35:23 UT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is objecting to suggestions that it is promoting an international trade in the horns of rhinos, which have been heavily targeted by poachers. South Africa's environmental department said Monday there is a "false impression" that it approves of an international trade due to websites advertising the auction.



At least 34 missing after military ship sinks off Cameroon

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:07:37 UT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's defense minister says at least 34 people have been declared missing after a military vessel sank off the country's Atlantic coast. Assomo says 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank Sunday.



At least 34 missing after military ship sinks off Cameroon; 3 people rescued as cause sought

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:06:42 UT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — At least 34 missing after military ship sinks off Cameroon; 3 people rescued as cause sought.



8 killed in soccer stampede in Senegal

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:36:22 UT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Witnesses said at least eight people have died and more than 50 were injured after a stadium wall collapse and stampede at a soccer match in the Senegalese capital. The government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the legislative campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.



6 Congo rangers safe; US journalist, 3 others still missing

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:17:40 UT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Six Congolese rangers were found Saturday in a large forest reserve in Congo's northeast a day after a security station was attacked by militia, but an American journalist and at least three security guards remain missing, a local official said Saturday. According to testimony of their colleagues, the attack came as the team wanted to go have a meal and there was a lot of crossfire. "The U.S. Department of State has no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas," a State Department official said on background. The Center for Studies of Peace and Defense of Human Rights said earlier Saturday that a journalist had disappeared with 11 park security guards.



3 soldiers killed in attacks on barracks in Ivory Coast

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:04:51 UT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's army chief says disgruntled soldiers staged attacks at an army barracks in the country's northern town of Korhogo, killing at least three soldiers and wounding four others. The mutinying soldiers are former rebels who helped put the president in power after his predecessor refused to leave office after losing the 2010 election.



Rwandan academic gets life in jail for 1994 genocide

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:33:54 UT

Munyakazi was accused of playing a key role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. Munyakazi, an ethnic Hutu who was a college professor at the time of the genocide, had opposed his transfer to Rwanda, arguing that he faced torture and would not get a fair trial since the country now has a Tutsi-led government.



Attack on market in Congo's capital kills at least 2

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:39:28 UT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo police say a group of assailants carrying guns and machetes staged an attack in the capital's main market, killing at least two people and seriously wounding six police officers. Police spokesman Col. Pierrot Mwanamputu said Friday the administrator of the market and the deputy commissioner of police were killed in the afternoon attack in Kinshasa.



Rwanda's president already claiming win in August election

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:11:30 UT

President Paul Kagame told supporters at his first campaign rally Friday that the results of the vote were known in 2015, when more than 4 million Rwandans petitioned Parliament to change the constitution to allow him to run again. While he has been credited with bringing stability to the tiny country of 12 million people, human rights groups and others accuse his government of abuses such as executions over suspected petty crimes like the theft of bananas or a cow. The two people challenging Kagame in the vote are Frank Habineza of the opposition Democratic Green Party and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana.



'Unique:' Lion seen nursing leopard cub in Tanzania

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:04:25 UT

"To observe a thing like this is very unusual," said Ingela Jansson, head of the KopeLion conservation group, which seeks to resolve conflict between lions and local residents who hunt the predators in order to protect their livestock. The lactating lion, fitted with a GPS collar so that researchers can track her, may have lost her own cubs and therefore was open to feeding the leopard cub, Jansson said. There have been cases of adoptions and suckling among wild cats and other animals of the same species, as well as cases of birds feeding chicks of another species whose eggs were inadvertently laid in their nests, according to conservationists.



3 escaped lions in South Africa are shot and killed

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:50:40 UT

Officials say the uninjured lion had to be killed partly because lions that eat cattle develop a taste for livestock and could pose a bigger threat to humans.



Aid workers under 'heavy fire' rescued in South Sudan

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:45:18 UT

The aid group also known by its French acronym MSF says the armed robbery by several men in Pibor injured two team members early Thursday and forced some staffers to relocate. A separate statement by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan says peacekeepers early Thursday rescued more than a dozen aid workers in Pibor who came under "heavy fire from unknown gunmen."



US, Somalia forces raid al-Shabab, kill several: Official

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:31:43 UT

HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — United States and Somali military forces raided a rebel-held village in southern Somalia and killed several al-Shabab fighters early Thursday, a senior Somali intelligence official said, as both countries step up efforts against Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group. President Donald Trump has approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities. The U.S. in April announced it was sending dozens of regular troops in the largest such deployment to Somalia in roughly two decades, saying it was for logistics training of the country's army. The 22,000-strong African Union multinational force, AMISOM, which has been supporting the fragile central government, plans to start withdrawing in 2018 and leave by the end of 2020.



Gambia sets up commission to investigate ex-leader's assets

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:01:55 UT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's president says the government has formed a commission to investigate assets of Yahya Jammeh, his predecessor as the West African country's leader. President Adama Barrow said Thursday the four-person commission will look into the management of some public enterprises, assets and financial transactions of Jammeh, his family and some associates.