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Congo opens probe into ex-minister's role in Kasai violence

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:29:50 UT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo have opened an investigation into whether a former government minister may have played a role in inciting violence in the turbulent Kasai provinces.



Parched Cape Town imposes water restrictions due to drought

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:18:00 UT

Cape Town residents worried about sediment from dam reservoirs with low water levels are starting to boil tap water, said Justin Friedman, founder of For Love of Water , a non-profit group that promotes conservation. The drought-stricken Western Cape province, which includes Cape Town, was declared a disaster zone on Monday by Premier Helen Zille. Municipal repair crews are also struggling to attend to hundreds of leaks and faults that cause water loss.



Gambia says it seizes $50 million of ex-president's assets

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:56:23 UT

The targeted assets include 80 bank accounts and 131 properties reportedly belonging to the longtime leader who flew into exile in January. Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambedou said Monday that the government has obtained a court order to freeze Jammeh's known assets and companies directly linked to him.



New WFP leader calls South Sudan's famine 'deplorable'

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:27:37 UT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access. South Sudan's civil war is now into its fourth year, with farming and markets disrupted and food prices soaring. The United Nations welcomed the prospect of a ceasefire and release of prisoners but stressed the importance of better access for peacekeepers and humanitarian workers.



Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa's ostrich capital

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:11:06 UT

A third farm is sticking with the feature, saying its regulations include tourist weight restrictions and that an ostrich does not experience discomfort while trotting with someone on its back for 10 seconds or so. Feathers ranked fourth behind gold, wool and diamonds in the value of South African exports before World War I, whose economic fallout devastated the ostrich industry, according to the website of the Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Besides feathers, there is also a market for ostrich eggs, meat and leather. The Safari farm started regulating ostrich rides about 15 years ago, eventually lowering the weight restriction for tourists to 60 kilograms (132 pounds), and dropped the practice altogether on May 5, said marketing manager Billy Engelbrecht.



South African hunter dies after Zimbabwe elephant trampling

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:08:30 UT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Authorities in Zimbabwe say a South African hunter died after being trampled by an elephant. A wildlife official said Monday that hunter Theunis Botha was with a client near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park when he "unknowingly" walked into a herd of elephants on Friday. Simukai Nyasha, spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, says 51-year-old Botha was on a 10-day, licensed hunt. The hunter ran a firm, Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris and Hounds. On the company's website, Botha is described as a specialist in using hounds to hunt leopards.



Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:28:22 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area on Saturday, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others, including six women believed to have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents, an army spokesman said. The suspects, six females and four males, are being investigated to determine the extent of their involvement with Boko Haram, he said. Since the army regained control of most of the Sambisa Forest area in northeastern Nigeria from Boko Haram in December 2016, Nigerian troops have pursued the extremist fighters in areas where they have fled.



Freed Nigerian schoolgirls meet families after 3 years

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:28:19 UT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity reunited with their families Saturday as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply the extremists had changed their daughters' lives. The mass abduction in April 2014 brought international attention to Boko Haram's deadly insurgency in northern Nigeria, and it launched a global Bring Back Our Girls campaign that drew the backing of some celebrities, including former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. The two groups of freed schoolgirls reunited earlier Saturday, Nigeria's Channels TV reported, showing the young women laughing and embracing. Since the latest release, many families in the remote Chibok community had been waiting for word on whether their daughters were among them.



2 suspects face trial soon in deaths of UN experts in Congo

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:51:03 UT

The bodies of American Michael Sharp, Swedish national Zaida Catalan and colleague Betu Tshintela were found in March after they went missing while investigating human rights abuses. The upcoming trial in Congo doesn't change anything for Sweden's own murder probe, Kristina Lindhoff Carleson with the Swedish Prosecution Authority's international department told Sweden's TT news agency.



20,000 flee latest fighting in Central African Republic

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:04:37 UT

Attacks also targeted places of worship and government buildings, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders said in a statement, adding that at least 44 casualties had been treated at the local hospital since Monday. Bria in November was the site of fierce clashes between two splinter groups of the mostly Muslim rebel movement called Seleka that has battled with Christian militia fighters. Other previously calm parts of the country have seen deadly fighting in recent days. Since May 8 more than 150 people, including six U.N. peacekeepers, have been killed in attacks in the southeastern town of Bangassou, the southern town of Alinadao and in Bria, according to the U.N., which has warned the death toll may rise.



Africa body seeks urgent help against Lord's Resistance Army

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:43:23 UT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The African Union says the rebel group led by one of the world's most wanted fugitives could roar back to life if countries don't "urgently" fill the void as the United States and Uganda give up the pursuit. A statement Friday by the continental body's Peace and Security Council says the Lord's Resistance Army has not yet been eliminated and could "rejuvenate itself."



Macron calls for countries' support in fighting extremism

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:24:44 UT

At a joint news conference with Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Macron asked Germany to provide more support to French-led efforts to eradicate the extremist groups. The German government earlier this year approved an expansion of the country's military deployment in Mali, with Berlin sending more helicopters to support the U.N. peacekeeping mission there and raising the maximum number of German soldiers from 650 to 1,000. Macron said he has "no doubt" the cooperation will continue, adding that he will discuss defense and security issues with President Donald Trump during a working lunch at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. Macron repeatedly pledged ahead of the May 7 election that fighting terror would be his priority, after multiple attacks in France since 2015 that killed more than 230 people. France has the military and political power to bring back peace in Mali, but we observe that even groups that signed the peace agreement are still fighting each other.



The Latest: Macron says intel-sharing with US to continue

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:55:51 UT

France's new president Emmanuel Macron is praising a "crucial" and "exemplary" relationship with the United States in intelligence-sharing for military operations in Africa's Sahel region. In a news conference during his trip to Mali, where France leads a military intervention against Islamic extremists, Macron said that without intelligence exchanges with the United States, "we would not be able to operate in the area." The French leader says he will discuss defense and security issues with Trump during a working lunch at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. Macron said in a speech to French armed forces during a visit to the West African nation that French-led military efforts aim to create the conditions of a "sustainable peace." Mali's president is warning that the French-led fight against extremist groups in West Africa, which he calls "an enemy with a thousand faces," is going to be a long-term job. At a news conference during his visit Friday to a military base in Mali, Macron said he spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this week about getting more logistical support for the French-led military mission in West Africa. On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron is highlighting his determination to crush extremism with a scheduled visit to French-led military forces combating jihadist groups in West Africa. Macron repeatedly pledged ahead of his May 7 election that fighting terror would be his priority, after multiple attacks in France since 2015 that killed more than 230 people.



South Sudan government forces killed 114 civilians, UN says

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:45:55 UT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in a single town last year and brutally raped girls and women in front of their families amid growing ethnic violence in the country's civil war, a new United Nations report said Friday. "The extent of the abuses by armed opposition groups remains unclear due to lack of access to areas where these groups are active," the report said. [...] last year, Yei had been largely peaceful with 200,000 to 300,000 people from various tribes.



Gambia court issues arrest warrant in journalist's killing

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:04:26 UT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — A Gambian court has issued an arrest warrant for two former army officers suspected in the 2004 shooting death of a journalist. Rights groups say Jammeh oversaw a regime accused of torturing and killing opponents, including journalists.



AP Explains: Why France's new president is visiting Mali

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:58:47 UT

Here's a look at Emmanuel Macron's trip on Friday to France's largest overseas military operation — in a country where multiple extremist groups pose a growing danger to the region. A French-led military intervention pushed the extremists from their strongholds in 2013, but the fighters continue to target Malian and other military assets with suicide bombings, improvised explosives and kidnappings. France now has more than 4,000 soldiers in the West African nations of Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania as part of Operation Barkhane, which former French President Francois Hollande said is meant to "wipe out armed terrorist groups" in the Sahel region. In his first visit after his inauguration, Macron acknowledged the toll on the operation's French forces when he went to a military hospital in a Paris suburb and met with two soldiers injured in Mali last year.



Nigeria girl freed from Boko Haram not among Chibok ones

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:06:25 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigeria-based movement campaigning for the safe return of all 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 says a young woman freed from the Islamic extremist group is not one of them. Nigeria's presidential spokesman on Wednesday said the government believed the escaped girl may have been from the Chibok group.



AP Explains: Why France's new president is visiting Mali

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:33:50 UT

Here's a look at Emmanuel Macron's trip on Friday to France's largest overseas military operation — in a country where multiple extremist groups pose a growing danger to the region. A French-led military intervention pushed the extremists from their strongholds in 2013, but the fighters continue to target Malian and other military assets with suicide bombings, improvised explosives and kidnappings. France now has more than 4,000 soldiers in the West African nations of Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania as part of Operation Barkhane, which former French President Francois Hollande said is meant to "wipe out armed terrorist groups" in the Sahel region. In his first visit after his inauguration, Macron acknowledged the toll on the operation's French forces when he went to a military hospital in a Paris suburb and met with two soldiers injured in Mali last year.



Couple stoned to death in northern Mali, accused of affair

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:41:13 UT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A local official says a couple has been stoned to death in northern Mali after extremists accused them of conducting an extramarital affair. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, saying the stoning was carried out by Ansar Dine extremists.



UN: 300,000 children migrating solo, up nearly fivefold

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:46:02 UT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities have documented more than 300,000 children migrating alone worldwide over a two-year period, marking a dramatic escalation of a trend that has forced many young refugees into slavery and prostitution, the U.N. children's agency said Wednesday. UNICEF said 170,000 of those children sought asylum in Europe in 2015-2016, many after making the treacherous trip across the Mediterranean Sea where hundreds of children are estimated to have drowned last year. "Ruthless smugglers and traffickers are exploiting their vulnerability for personal gain, helping children to cross borders, only to sell them into slavery and forced prostitution," UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said. UNICEF called Wednesday on the countries where children have sought refuge to provide better services, saying many "languish in overcrowded shelters, end up in makeshift camps or are left exposed to the dangers of life on the streets." Unaccompanied migrant and refugee children should not be placed in adult detention facilities and ideally should be in foster care, the report said.



Nigeria: 1 more kidnapped girl rescued in addition to 82

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:10:43 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's presidential spokesman says another young woman believed to be one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls has been rescued. Government officials in Borno state, where the girls were abducted, could not immediately corroborate the claims of the Nigeria presidency.



23 sentenced in Ethiopia for al-Qaida, al-Shabab links

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:54:01 UT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A court in Ethiopia has sentenced 23 people to up to 15 years in prison for establishing links to the al-Qaida and al-Shabab extremist groups. The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate quotes the court ruling as saying three of those sentenced had been planning to establish an Islamic state.



MTN Rwanda fined $8.5 million for license breach

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:22:01 UT

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said in a statement Wednesday that MTN Rwanda, a subsidiary of the African telecommunications giant MTN Group, breached its license obligations by hosting its IT services in neighboring Uganda.



Bodies of 29 illegal miners pulled from South African shaft

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:59:22 UT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say the bodies of at least 29 illegal miners have been recovered from a shaft where an underground explosion occurred. Penalties for illegal mining include fines and prison time.



Christian sect attacks Congo prison, frees leader, 50 others

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:26:57 UT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Christian sect members stormed a prison in Congo's capital Wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, Congo's justice minister said. Bundu dia Kongo movement leader Ne Mwanda Nsemi is now on the run after the 4 a.m. attack on Makala prison in Kinshasa, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told local radio station Top Congo FM.



Red Cross finds 115 dead in Central African Republic town

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:21:57 UT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting broke out in Central African Republic's northern town of Bria after several days of attacks in the southeastern city of Bangassou left at least 115 people dead, authorities said Wednesday. The head of the Red Cross in Central African Republic, Antoine Mbao-Bogo, said his staff had counted 115 bodies in Bangassou after hundreds of militia fighters from a predominantly Christian group known as the anti-Balaka attacked a Muslim district and the U.N. peacekeeping base there over the weekend.



Nigeria: Too soon to close camps for Boko Haram's displaced

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:40:03 UT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Camps for tens of thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram will have to stay open beyond the end of this month as Nigeria's military continues to fight the extremists in so-called liberated areas, officials say. The governor of the northern state of Borno, Kashim Shettima, told reporters on Tuesday that it is not yet safe to return people to their homes in many places across the region. On Monday, police said three female suicide bombers detonated on the route between Maiduguri and the city of Bama, killing two people and injuring six.



Blast kills 3 bomb disposal experts in Somalia's capital

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:16:42 UT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Three bomb disposal experts were killed in a car bomb blast west of Somalia's capital on Wednesday, police said. Somalia's president last week urged the international community to lift the arms embargo on his long-chaotic country, saying the military needs more than AK-47s to combat the extremists.



Central African Republic violence 'highly worrying,' UN says

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:34:24 UT

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights warned that the violence in areas previously spared major sectarian bloodshed was "highly worrying." "The hard-earned relative calm in Bangui and some of the bigger towns in CAR risks being eclipsed by the descent of some rural areas into increasing sectarian violence, with defenseless civilians — as usual — paying the highest price," Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said. Gen. Balla Keita, commander of the U.N. mission, said at least 30 people were killed and 32 wounded when militia fighters from a predominantly Christian group known as the anti-Balaka attacked the southeastern town of Bangassou over the weekend. The U.N. mission noted that "deliberate attacks in Bangassou, with heavy weaponry, seem to be well-planned as the perpetrators made access very difficult by destroying bridges and blocking all accessible roads to town," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general.



Ivory Coast says deal reached with mutinous soldiers

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:22:10 UT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's government has reached an agreement with mutinous soldiers who had taken to the streets in the West African nation's largest cities to demand more pay, the defense ministry said. Defense Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi confirmed an agreement with the soldiers to end a crisis that left one person dead, many injured and businesses closed in several parts of the country.