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The Latest: Zimbabweans gather in thousands near State House

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:32:28 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Thousands of Zimbabweans have gathered near State House, President Robert Mugabe's official residence. While Mugabe lives in a private mansion elsewhere, State House is where official functions are held. It is where negotiations have taken place for the departure of Mugabe, who is under military house arrest. Huge crowds have rallied Saturday in the capital, Harare, in a demonstration backed by the military that urges the 93-year-old Mugabe to step aside after nearly four decades in power. Mugabe's recent move to fire his deputy and position his wife to replace him led the military to step in.



Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:37:04 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a euphoric gathering that just days ago would have drawn a police crackdown, crowds marched through Zimbabwe's capital on Saturday to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's last remaining liberation leaders, after nearly four decades in power. Zimbabweans giddy with joy raced through intersections, raising their arms in triumph. Young men shouted, laughed and embraced. Others danced on top of moving buses. One man stripped to his underwear and danced on a car roof. In the first public outpouring since the military put Mugabe under house arrest earlier in the week, the bulk of Harare's population of about 1.



Zimbabwe: A guide to what's happened so far in Mugabe drama

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:52:20 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A lot has happened in the past few days in Zimbabwe, where the world's oldest head of state tries to remain in power even under military house arrest. Thousands of giddy Zimbabweans are in the streets to demand his departure, tired of a collapsing economy that once was one of Africa's strongest. Here's a quick guide to the key events and players: MUGABE The 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has been under house arrest since Tuesday, when the military moved in. That decision was sparked by Mugabe's firing of his longtime deputy, leading to fears that the president was positioning his unpopular wife, Grace, to succeed him. Mugabe is said to be asking for more time amid negotiations on his departure.



Mugabe emerges from house arrest amid pressure to exit

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:42:59 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe emerged for the first time Friday from military-imposed house arrest, presiding at a university graduation ceremony in a fragile show of normalcy even as former loyalists across the country demanded that he resign after nearly four decades in power. In an extraordinary evening newscast, state broadcaster ZBC — for decades, a mouthpiece for the Mugabe government — reported on the surging campaign for his ouster and showed video of ruling party members saying he should resign.



The Latest: Zimbabwe ruling party pursues urgent meeting

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:38:09 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper says all 10 of the ruling party's provincial branches are calling for President Robert Mugabe and his wife to resign, and they seek a special Central Committee meeting within two days. The report late Friday also says the party branches seek the reinstatement of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose firing last week led the military to step in and put Mugabe under house arrest. As calls for Mugabe's departure grow, the ruling party appears to be positioning Mnangagwa to represent it in next year's elections.



5 killed as Kenya police clash with Odinga supporters

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:03:58 UT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least five people were killed Friday in confrontations between Kenyan police and supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga as tensions over the disputed presidential election continued. Police fired live rounds and tear gas to prevent Odinga's convoy from making its way from the airport to Nairobi's main park so he could address supporters after returning from a trip overseas. Legislator Otiende Amollo said his car was shot at by police. Police warned earlier this week they would not allow a ceremony to welcome Odinga back from speaking engagements abroad. Opposition legislators had urged supporters come out "more than 1 million strong.



Zimbabwe state-run broadcaster leads nightly report with ruling party seeking Mugabe departure

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:03:50 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe state-run broadcaster leads nightly report with ruling party seeking Mugabe departure.



Suspected jihadists kill at least 6 in northern Burkina Faso

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:50:02 UT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Local government and security officials say suspected jihadists have staged an attack in Burkina Faso's northern Soum province, killing at least six people. Issa Tamboura, mayor of the provincial capital Djibo, said Friday the heavily armed assailants came on motorbikes and wounded several others. He says they also set fire to a bar before leaving the village of Taouremba. Earlier this week the West African country's security and education ministers toured Soum province, hoping to encourage fleeing residents and teachers to return. The threat of jihadist assaults has heightened in recent years. Government statistics say more than 133 people have died since 2015 in at least 80 attacks in Burkina Faso.



Official: All 10 of Zimbabwe ruling party's provincial branches call for Mugabe's removal

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:57:46 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Official: All 10 of Zimbabwe ruling party's provincial branches call for Mugabe's removal.



The Latest: 1 killed in Kenya police, opposition clashes

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:09:43 UT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenya's disputed election (all times local): 6:10 p.m. One person has been killed in confrontations between Kenyan police and supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga as tensions over the disputed presidential election continue. Police fired live rounds and tear gas to prevent Odinga's convoy from making its way to Nairobi's main park so he could address supporters. Legislator Otiende Amollo said his car was shot at by police. Police warned earlier this week they would not allow a ceremony to welcome Odinga back from speaking engagements abroad. Opposition legislators had urged supporters come out "more than 1 million strong." ___ 11:30 a.m.



Cameroon parliament building destroyed by fire, no one hurt

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:08:33 UT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's government says an overnight fire has destroyed much of parliament in the capital, Yaounde. The government Friday said the fire was caused by accident, though there are concerns about possible foul play. Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma says investigations have been opened into the cause of the fire that destroyed four floors of the seven-story building. He says no one was hurt. Cameroon's Anglophone regions have seen repeated arson attacks amid tensions over ongoing strikes calling for the independence of the minority English-speaking zones. This week when parliament began meeting, opposition lawmakers announced a boycott in protest of the government's handling of the strikes.



At least 1 branch of Zimbabwe's ruling party calls on Mugabe to resign; others said doing same

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:44:07 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 1 branch of Zimbabwe's ruling party calls on Mugabe to resign; others said doing same.



Zimbabwe war vets' association says Mugabe has asked for "a few more days, a few more months"

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:08:07 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe war vets' association says Mugabe has asked for "a few more days, a few more months"



Zimbabwe's Mugabe attends university graduation in 1st public event since military takeover

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:21:08 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's Mugabe attends university graduation in 1st public event since military takeover.



Zimbabwe's military says it is continuing talks with President Robert Mugabe for his exit while it arrests others.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:29:23 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's military says it is continuing talks with President Robert Mugabe for his exit while it arrests others.



The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:07:56 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 6:05 a.m. The head of the African Union Commission is backing efforts by the Southern African Development Community to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe. Moussa Faki Mahamat tells The Associated Press that the AU is working with the regional group. He says he believes a solution will be found that's within "constitutional legality." The AU leader isn't saying explicitly whether what happened in Zimbabwe was a coup. He says through a translator that there are "divergent views" within Zimbabwe's ruling party. But he says the AU condemns all unconstitutional changes in government.



UN envoy confident that Libyan rivals are close to consensus

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:37:35 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Thursday he is confident that competing parliaments in the North African country "are close to a consensus" on a framework to end their political standoff. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that the U.N. has convened two sessions of the rival bodies to try to agree on amendments to a 2015 peace agreement, which both sides agree is the only way to end the stalemate. Libya fell into chaos after the ouster and killing of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Since 2014, the oil-rich country has been split between rival governments and parliaments based in the western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes. A U.N.



Africa politics creep into French PM's visit to Morocco

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:17:11 UT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — France's prime minister launched a mission Wednesday to reinvigorate trade and cooperation with Morocco, which has steadily positioned itself as a regional economic powerhouse focused on Africa instead of its former colonial ruler. French government ministers, state secretaries and a large group of business leaders accompanied Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to the Moroccan capital for a two-day visit. It was Philippe's first visit to the North African kingdom since his appointment in May. He chaired a Franco-Moroccan economic forum involving nearly 150 French and Moroccan companies.



Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:03:20 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and mediators, including South African Cabinet ministers and a Catholic priest. Meanwhile, an emergency summit of heads of state of regional countries was called by the 16-nation Southern African Development Community and is expected to formalize the terms of Mugabe's exit. The summit puts regional leaders who have worked with the 93-year-old Mugabe for decades into the difficult position of either supporting what appears to be a coup or keeping the unpopular president, the world's oldest head of state, in office.



Zimbabwe's state-run newspaper publishes photos of Mugabe meeting with army commander

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:23:49 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's state-run newspaper publishes photos of Mugabe meeting with army commander.



US Embassy expresses confidence in Liberia disputed election

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:54:11 UT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Liberia is expressing confidence in the credibility of the West African nation's elections as the runoff vote is postponed for investigations into allegations of fraud and irregularities. International soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai were to face off in a Nov. 7 runoff to replace Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Third-place candidate Charles Brumskine, however, filed a complaint alleging fraud and seeking to overturn the October results. The Supreme Court has ordered the National Elections Commission to investigate his complaints, delaying the vote. The embassy says no observer group reported systematic issues that undermined the polling.



Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe seemed invincible but era ends

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:37:52 UT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe seemed almost untouchable for much of his nearly four-decade rule. Shrewd and ruthless, he stayed in power despite advancing age, growing opposition, international sanctions and the dissolving economy of a once-prosperous nation. Now that it seems to finally be here, the abrupt end of the Mugabe era is launching Zimbabwe into the unknown. Mugabe, who at 93 is the world's oldest head of state, is confined to his home after a military takeover. It was the most dramatic development in a factional battle within the ruling ZANU-PF party in which first lady Grace Mugabe had been angling, with Mugabe's help, to take over the presidency in a dynastic succession.



4 suicide bombers kill 14, wound 29 in northern Nigeria

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:08:40 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Four suicide bombers detonated in Nigeria's Borno state capital and killed 14 people while wounding another 29, police said Wednesday, in one of the largest such attacks in the city in years The deafening blasts could be heard in the evening in Maiduguri, the home of the Boko Haram extremist insurgency. Police spokesman Victor Isukwu said the two male and two female bombers targeted crowded parts of Muna Gari suburb. The first explosion went off at a prayer ground, he said. Police said the four bombers also were killed. The 29 injured were rushed to local hospitals for treatment.



4 suicide bombers kill 14, wound 29 in Nigeria in one of largest Boko Haram attacks in years

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:57:20 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — 4 suicide bombers kill 14, wound 29 in Nigeria in one of largest Boko Haram attacks in years.



The Latest: Zimbabwe youth leader apologizes to army leaders

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:46:40 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the military takeover in Zimbabwe (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Zimbabwe's state broadcaster has interrupted its programming to air an apology by the ruling party's youth leader to army commanders for "denigrating" them. Kudzanai Chipanga says the statement he made earlier this week attacking the military did not originate with him. He also said he was making his public apology without coercion. He says that "by this big mistake we have learned a lot." Zimbabwe's army early Wednesday announced that President Robert Mugabe and his family were under house arrest. ___ 10:20 p.m.



After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:29:53 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's military was in control of the capital and the state broadcaster on Wednesday and was holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest in what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state. The military was at pains, however, to emphasize it had not staged a military takeover, but was instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe's democracy. Still, the military appeared to have brought an end to Mugabe's long, 37-year reign in what the army's supporters praised as a "bloodless correction." South Africa and other neighboring countries were sending in leaders to negotiate with Mugabe and the generals to encourage the transition.



Kenya court hears petitions against Kenyatta's re-election

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:57:42 UT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's Supreme Court justices listened to arguments Wednesday from two petitions seeking to overturn President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in last month's repeat poll. The court made history when it nullified Kenyatta's re-election in August, citing irregularities and illegalities, and ordered a new vote. Opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the repeat election, saying electoral reforms had not been made. Lawyer Benjamin Musyoki, representing politician and petitioner Harun Mwau, argued that the electoral commission went against the constitution in failing to ensure that fresh nominations for candidates were held before the Oct. 26 repeat election.



Angola leader removes dos Santos daughter as oil firm chair

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:35:41 UT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angola's new leader has removed the daughter of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos as chair of the state-owned oil company, the government announced Wednesday, in a surprise move that appeared to assert independence from one of Africa's longest-ruling families. President Joao Lourenco removed Isabel dos Santos as chair of the board of directors of Sonangol and replaced her with Carlos Saturnino, secretary of state for oil, local news outlet Angop reported, citing a statement from the presidency. Isabel dos Santos has been reported to be Africa's richest woman.



US drone strike in Somalia kills 'several' with al-Shabab

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:30:35 UT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. military said Wednesday it has carried out another drone strike against al-Shabab in Somalia that killed several extremists, the latest in a weeklong series of strikes that have left dozens dead. The U.S. Africa Command said it was the 28th such airstrike this year in Somalia against both the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the new but growing presence of Islamic State group fighters. Since last Thursday, drone strikes in Somalia against both extremist groups have killed more than 45 fighters, the U.S. military said.



Who's in charge in Zimbabwe? Here are the leading players

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:05:47 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Who's in charge in Zimbabwe? What just happened? Here's a look at the players in a fast-moving political drama that has President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, in military custody. ___ PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE The wily, 93-year-old Mugabe has led the once-prosperous southern African nation since independence from white minority rule in 1980, and many in the country know no other leader. Despite signs of his increasing frailty that include dozing off in meetings, stumbling and extended trips overseas for medical treatment, he has withstood multiple election challenges and years of U.S. sanctions.