Africa Headlines

Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition


BAMBARI, Central African Republic - In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorizing the country's south: partition.

World, Africa 2:06pm EDT

U.N. Security Council asks for inquiry into South Sudan massacre


UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council asked for an urgent investigation on Thursday into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to "take additional measures" if there are more attacks on civilians.

South Sudan to free prisoners as pressure mounts for peace deal


JUBA - South Sudan will free four high-profile political prisoners facing treason charges, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday, meeting a demand by rebels in a faltering peace process.

World, United Nations, Africa 12:38pm EDT

Wed, Apr 23 2014

U.N. Security Council members mulling South Sudan sanctions


UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Security Council members are considering sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties, envoys said on Wednesday, after U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous demanded "serious consequences" be imposed to force an end to the violence.

World, Africa, United Nations 23 Apr 2014

Senegal police disperse crowds as ex-president's return delayed

DAKAR - Senegalese police dispersed hundreds of supporters of former President Abdoulaye Wade who gathered at Dakar airport on Wednesday to welcome him back two years after losing power, but his return was delayed after his flight was stuck in Morocco.

World, Africa 23 Apr 2014

Car bomb kills four in Kenyan capital

NAIROBI - Four people killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in a poor neighborhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said.

World, Africa 23 Apr 2014

At least 63 killed as speeding Congo train derails: government official

KINSHASA - At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed, a provincial minister said on Wednesday.

World, Africa 23 Apr 2014

Mine injures peacekeeper as diplomats visit Mali's Kidal

BAMAKO - A mine exploded in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Wednesday, seriously injuring a United Nations peacekeeper from Guinea but not affecting a delegation of visiting diplomats, a U.N. spokesman said.

U.N. should have done more to prevent South Sudan massacre: Uganda


KAMPALA - Uganda's army, backing its neighbor South Sudan against a four-month-old rebellion, said on Wednesday U.N. peacekeepers should have done more to stop insurgents slaughtering hundreds of civilians there last week.

23 Apr 2014

At least 50 killed in Congo train crash: sources

KINSHASA - More than 50 people were killed in a train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province, a provincial minister said on Wednesday.

World, Africa 23 Apr 2014

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.