Africa Headlines

Niger's main opposition names Oumarou as election candidate

NIAMEY Niger's main opposition party chose Seyni Oumarou on Sunday as its candidate to contest an election in February against President Mahamadou Issoufou who is seeking a second five-year term, party officials said.

World, Africa 2:52pm EST

Power ship steams into Ghana port to help end blackouts

TEMA, Ghana A power-generating ship was officially welcomed at Ghana's main port on Sunday after arriving the previous day in what Power Minister Kwabena Donkor said was a bid to keep the country on track to end chronic blackouts.

World, Africa 12:52pm EST

Under tightest security, pope urges peace in central Africa


BANGUI Protected by the heaviest security ever seen on his trips, Pope Francis on Sunday preached reconciliation in the divided Central African Republic, a nation racked by bloodshed between Muslims and Christians.

World, Africa, Pope 12:50pm EST

Attackers wound senior Burundi army officer: witnesses

NAIROBI A senior army officer was wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Burundi at the weekend on his way to the capital, witnesses said on Sunday, the latest in a series of shootings targeting top officials.

World, Africa 9:32am EST

Pope Francis lands in Central African Republic

BANGUI Pope Francis landed in the capital of Central African Republic on Sunday to begin the final leg of his first African trip and deliver a message of reconciliation and peace to a nation racked by years of violence between Muslims and Christians.

World, Africa, Pope 4:12am EST

Sat, Nov 28 2015

Suspected jihadists kill three in rocket attack on U.N. base in Mali

BAMAKO Unknown attackers fired rockets at a United Nations peacekeeping base in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people inside, the U.N. said, in the latest sign that the West African country's Islamist insurgency is intensifying. | Video

Congo president urges national dialogue before elections


KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila made a long-anticipated public call on Saturday for a national dialogue to prepare for elections next year, an idea regarded with suspicion by his opponents.

World, Congo, Africa 28 Nov 2015

Twin suicide attacks kill five people in north Cameroon: sources

YAOUNDE Suspected Boko Haram militants detonated two suicide bombs in a village in northern Cameroon on Saturday afternoon, killing at least five people, security sources and an official told Reuters.

World, Africa 28 Nov 2015

Boko Haram claims responsibility for Kano suicide bomb: SITE


LAGOS Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a procession of Shi'ite Muslims that killed at least 21 people in northern Nigeria's Kano state, the SITE monitoring service reported on Saturday.

World, Africa 28 Nov 2015

Central African Republic steps up security ahead of pope visit


BANGUI French and U.N. armored vehicles and tanks jostled with ramshackle yellow taxis on the congested streets of Central African Republic's capital on Saturday as security was beefed up a day before the arrival of Pope Francis.

World, Africa 28 Nov 2015