Africa Headlines

U.N., EU, Africa urge dialogue in Burundi after politician's killing


BUJUMBURA - The United Nations, the European Union and African nations urged Burundi's government and the opposition on Sunday not to let violence derail dialogue, after an opposition politician was shot dead and some groups said they were boycotting talks.

Ruling party seen winning Ethiopian vote, opposition says supporters harassed


ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth, while opponents complained that their supporters were harassed.

World, Africa 9:57am EDT

Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help


TRIPOLI - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said.

Africa, World, Libya 5:40am EDT

Sat, May 23 2015

Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital: activist

BUJUMBURA - A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard were shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday, a civil society activist and residents said, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.

World, Africa 23 May 2015

Dozens killed in al Shabaab fighting in Somalia, attacks in capital

MOGADISHU - Fighting in south Somalia between al Shabaab militants and government forces killed at least 24 people, while a rebel attack in the capital killed three Transport Ministry workers and a lawmaker, officials and the group said on Saturday.

World, Africa 23 May 2015

Fri, May 22 2015

U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali


BAMAKO - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. | Video

U.S. suspends Burundi peacekeeping training over protests


WASHINGTON - The United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations.

World, Africa 22 May 2015

Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi capital


BUJUMBURA - Two people were killed when three grenades went off in a market in the Burundi capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said.

World, Africa 22 May 2015

South Sudanese shot and drown in the bush as they flee fighting

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An upsurge in fighting has forced tens of thousands of South Sudanese into the bush where they have been shot, drowned and abducted, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Africa 22 May 2015

Somalia's al Shabaab fighters attack village in Kenya

NAIROBI - Militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village in northeast Kenya but were beaten back by security forces, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

World, Africa 22 May 2015

Mike Huckabee shows support for reality star with flawed past

Republican Mike Huckabee, a 2016 presidential candidate, has lent his support to the star of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, Josh Duggar, after it was discovered that the father of 19 had sexually molested under-age girls as a teen.