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May 25 2014 Libyan Missiles Strike Benghazi Killing Residents

TRIPOLI - At least two people were killed when missiles fired at a Libyan special forces army base missed their target and struck family homes in the eastern city of Benghazi, residents and officials said Saturday.
The Friday-night attacks followed a week of on-and-off clashes in Benghazi and Tripoli between irregular forces loyal to a renegade […]


May 6 2014 US Signs 10 Year Military Base Lease With Djibouti

WASHINGTON - The United States and Djibouti have signed a new 10-year lease on a U.S. military base in the Horn of Africa nation that the White House called a critical part in fighting terrorism.
President Barack Obama announced the deal Monday at a White House meeting with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
Obama called the base […]


May 2 2014 Libyan Government HQ In Benghazi Attacked

BENGHAZI - Eight people were killed and up to 15 wounded when suspected Islamist militants tried to storm the Libyan government security headquarters in Benghazi on Friday, army officials and medics said.
The dead were soldiers and police officers, army officials said. Huge explosions could be heard during a firefight in the early morning that lasted more […]


Mar 31 2014 Ebola Outbreak Strikes Guinea

DAKAR - Guinea’s Ministry of Health says eight cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the capital, Conakry. Aid organizations say the spread of Ebola to the city poses new challenges for those trying to contain the outbreak.
West Africa’s first ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, which began in Guinea’s southeastern forest region […]


Mar 8 2014 Libya Troubled With Mass Violence

ROME - Western countries voiced concern on Thursday that tensions in Libya could slip out of control in the absence of a functioning political system, and they urged the government and rival factions to start talking.
Two-and-a-half years after the fall of former leader Moammar Gadhafi, the oil-rich North African state is struggling to contain violence […]


Jan 10 2014 Violence In Libya Escalates

LONDON - A standoff between Libya’s central government and militias who control oil fields threatens to escalate into conflict, after the rebels said they would sell oil directly to the world market despite a government ban. Militias in the east and south are demanding autonomy, threatening to derail Libya’s path to stability following the overthrow […]


Dec 5 2013 Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

JOHANNESBURG - South African President Jacob Zuma has announced the death of national icon Nelson Mandela in a somber address late Thursday, December 5 that was instantly beamed around the world.   Mandela’s life spanned more than nine decades, and he steered the nation out of its darkest days under the racist apartheid regime to the […]


Nov 4 2013 Libya Suffers Lawlessness After Gadhafi

TRIPOLI - Libyans on Sunday marked the second anniversary of the death of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, whose killing by rebels ended the Libyan uprising against the longtime dictator.  But despite the celebratory flag-waving and fireworks, the transition from autocracy to democracy is proving harder than they expected.
Libyan celebrations are always loud affairs with fireworks, blaring […]


Sep 12 2012 US Ambassador Killed As Libyans Attack Embassy

WASHINGTON - Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed after a mob stormed the American consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi late Tuesday.
The deaths occurred when demonstrators angered over an amateur American-made film that insults Islam’s Prophet Muhammad shot at and set fire to the U.S. consulate […]


Aug 7 2012 Hillary Visits Africa For Trade Summit Meeting

JOHANNESBURG - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa as part of her tour of the continent.  She met with former president Nelson Mandela at his home Monday before taking part in a high-level summit aimed at promoting U.S. investment and trade — which has been a key focus of the secretary’s […]


May 19 2012 Obama Launches Food Plan For Africa

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has announced a plan aimed at lifting 50 million Africans out of poverty in the next 10 years. Private companies from around the world have pledged more than $3 billion toward the effort.
With the leaders of several African countries watching, the president said Friday that governments, private industries and […]


May 15 2012 EU Naval Force Strikes Pirate Base In Somalia

BRUSSELS - European Union’s anti-piracy naval force has carried out its first air attacks against a pirate base on the Somali coast.
EU NAVFOR said in a statement Tuesday that initial reports show no Somalis were injured in what was described as the “focused, precise and proportionate” attack against “known pirate supplies” on the Somali shoreline. […]


Jan 29 2012 African Union Summit Opens In Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - African Union leaders opened a two-day summit in Addis Ababa Sunday with the election of a new chairman for the pan-African organization.
Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni was selected chairman for the next year, taking over from Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among the first speakers in the new […]


Jan 25 2012 US Military Rescues Hostages In Somalia

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military operation has freed two aid workers – an American woman and a Danish man – who were kidnapped by gunmen three months ago in central Somalia.
In a statement Wednesday, President Barack Obama praised U.S. special operations forces who hours earlier freed Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted during a daring […]


Jan 21 2012 Nigeria Bombings Kill Scores

WASHINGTON - A series of coordinated bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kano has killed well over 100 people.  Many of the victims were police or soldiers.
One of the three hospitals where victims of Friday’s blasts were taken reported a death toll of at least 131 people, and other reports from the predominantly Muslim […]


Jan 18 2012 Tribal Violence Breaks Out In South Sudan

CAIRO - Tribal violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state recently reached alarming levels with thousands of armed young men involved in attacks on villages. The death toll has yet to be determined, but the United Nations says tens of thousands of people in Pibor County were forced to flee attackers.
In Pibor town, hundreds of displaced […]


Jan 9 2012 Nigerians Protest Fuel Costs

WASHINGTON - Nigerians have begun a nationwide strike to protest sharp increases in the price of fuel and food after a government decision to end fuel subsidies.
Thousands of people gathered Monday in the commercial capital Lagos, where usually busy streets were empty aside from the demonstrators. They chanted and carried signs, including a call to […]


Jan 8 2012 Nigeria Announces Government Austerity

WASHINGTON - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan went on television Saturday to promise that the government will share hardship with ordinary citizens, hit by rising fuel costs.
The president announced that foreign travel of government officials will be reduced to the barest minimum and that salaries, including his own, will be cut by 25 percent.
“On the part […]


Jan 2 2012 Nigeria Declares State Of Emergency

DAKAR - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency Saturday in parts of northern Nigeria affected by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.  The president also closed some borders as a temporary security measure.
After Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day bombings that left at least 40 people dead, President Jonathan put […]


Dec 17 2011 US Defense Secretary Visits Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Tripoli for talks with Libya’s interim government, making him the first American defense chief to visit the country.
Saturday’s brief trip comes one day after the United States lifted most of its economic sanctions against Libya in an effort to ease a financial crisis in the […]


Dec 5 2011 George W Bush Urges Americans To Help Fight AIDS

ADDIS ABABA - Former U.S. president George W. Bush is urging Americans to do more during the current time of economic hardship to alleviate suffering in the developing world.  Mr. Bush’s comments came during his keynote address to an international conference on AIDS in Africa. 
The former U.S. president spoke to an audience of mostly African […]


Nov 28 2011 Al-Shabab Bans Aid Agencies From Helping Somalia

MOGADISHU - Rebels from the Somali militant group al-Shabab have banned several international aid organizations and raided their offices in central and southern Somalia.
The al-Qaida-linked group on Monday ordered the World Health Organization, the U.N. Children’s Fund and the U.N.’s refugee agency to halt their operations along with several others in rebel-controlled areas.
The militants also […]


Nov 20 2011 Captured Gadhafi Son To Face Trial

TRIPOLI - Libya’s transitional government is preparing for talks with the International Criminal Court about where to hold a trial for Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the captured son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says he will travel to Libya in a week to discuss arrangements for the trial.
Libyan militiamen from […]


Nov 19 2011 Seif Al-Islam Gadhafi Captured In Libya

TRIPOLI - Libyan military officials say they have captured and detained Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, a fugitive son of former leader Moammar Gadhafi.
A military spokesman said Saturday forces caught Seif al-Islam and several of his aides near the southern town of Obari.  The town is near the border of Niger, which has already given asylum to […]


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