Africa Headlines

Mali pro-gov't militias seize northern town amid clashes

BAMAKO/DAKAR - Pro-government armed groups in Mali seized the northern town of Menaka from Tuareg separatists on Monday during fierce fighting, a spokesman for the group and a resident said.

Burundi police confront anti-president protesters, army on streets


BUJUMBURA - Police on Monday fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters rallying in Burundi's capital to oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term, a move they saw as a violation of the peace deal that ended a civil war 10 years ago. | Video

World, Africa 3:13pm EDT

Sudan accuses U.N. peacekeepers of killing seven civilians in Darfur

KHARTOUM - Sudan has accused a peacekeeping force in Darfur of killing seven civilians in three separate incidents last week, threatening to exacerbate the government's strained relations with the international mission.

World, Africa, United Nations 12:19pm EDT

Thailand makes second big ivory bust in two weeks

BANGKOK - Thai customs officials on Monday announced their second big seizure of African ivory in two weeks, amounting to around three tonnes of tusks worth about $6 million.

Kenyan police question parliamentary employee over possible plot

MOMBASA - Kenyan authorities are questioning a legislative employee about a suspected plot to attack parliament in Nairobi, police and lawmakers said on Monday, amid concern after assaults by Islamist militants.

World, Africa 10:34am EDT

Opposition says 1,000 killed in Angola clash with religious sect

LUANDA - Angolan opposition party UNITA said on Monday more than 1,000 civilians were killed when Angolan police clashed with members of a Christian sect last week, rather than the 13 reported by police.

World, Africa 10:03am EDT

Burundi police fire tear gas in protest against president

BUJUMBURA - Burundi police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters on Monday in the second day of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, a Reuters witness said.

World, Africa 7:13am EDT

Sun, Apr 26 2015

Mali's main rebel group says it will initial peace deal next month

DAKAR - Rebels from north Mali told mediators they will initial a long-delayed U.N.-brokered peace proposal on the future of Mali's north next month, a spokesman for the lead northern separatist group said late on Sunday.

World, Africa, Mali 26 Apr 2015

Togo election peaceful, with turnout low, observers say

LOME - Togo's presidential election took place without major incidents, although turnout appears to have been just over 50 percent, West African and local election observers said on Sunday.

World, Africa 26 Apr 2015

Benin president denies third term bid as vote proceeds


COTONOU - Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi promised on Sunday to leave power when his mandate expires next year as crowds across the cotton producer voted in legislative elections.

World, Africa 26 Apr 2015

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.