Africa Headlines

Fri, Jul 3 2015

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents step up attacks in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of a state capital in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, escalating their attacks after a week of bloodletting in which more than 150 people were killed, military sources said.

World, Africa 03 Jul 2015

Gunfire heard on outskirts of Nigerian city of Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Heavy gunfire was heard coming from the outskirts of Maiduguri in the northeast of Nigeria on Friday evening and a military source said Islamist insurgents were battling with security forces.

World, Africa 03 Jul 2015

South Carolina church fire started by natural causes: police


- A fire that destroyed a Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, on Tuesday was from natural causes and not linked to a spate of fires at similar churches across the South, state police said.

U.S., Africa 03 Jul 2015

Hague judges give warlord's lawyers more time to prepare


AMSTERDAM - The International Criminal Court on Friday postponed the trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of leading a militia in a campaign marked by rape and murder, after his lawyers said they needed more time to build his defense case.

World, Congo, Africa 03 Jul 2015

Malian refugees in Mauritania face food shortage as funds scarce

DAKAR - Thousands of Malian refugees are facing food shortages in Mauritania because of a delayed rations shipment and a shortage of funding, as donors juggle several global crises, an official from the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

World, Africa, Mali 03 Jul 2015

Chad seizes suspected Boko Haram weapons cache in N'Djamena

N'DJAMENA - Security forces in Chad have seized a large weapons cache including guns, rockets and ammunition in a house in the capital N'Djamena occupied by suspected members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, officials said on Friday.

World, Africa 03 Jul 2015

Thu, Jul 2 2015

U.N. says Burundi did not hold fair election, human rights violated


UNITED NATIONS - Burundi's parliamentary elections on Monday were not fair or free and human rights were violated, the United Nations said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Africa 02 Jul 2015

U.S. probe sees no links among black church fires in South


WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire.

U.S., Africa 02 Jul 2015

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill 'many' in Nigeria attack

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents rounded up and shot dead dozens of people in a raid in a town in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, military and local sources said, part of a resurgence of attacks in Borno state in the past month.

World, Africa 02 Jul 2015

U.N. says Burundi election was not free, fair or credible


UNITED NATIONS - Burundi's parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Africa 02 Jul 2015