Africa Headlines

China questions U.S. threat of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan

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UNITED NATIONS - China on Friday questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a United Nations sanctions regime for South Sudan while warring parties there negotiate a power-sharing deal to end the conflict in the country, the world's newest state.

Congo army drives rebels from eastern hills in fierce fighting

KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict.

World, Congo, Africa 1:07pm EST

Rwandan singer jailed for plot to kill president

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KIGALI - A popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of plotting to kill Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other senior officials.

World, Africa 12:46pm EST

Four long-held Thai hostages released by Somali pirates

NAIROBI - Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Africa 11:53am EST

Life sentence for Rwanda's genocide-era justice minister upheld

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NAIROBI - Rwanda's high court on Friday upheld the life sentence of the s genocide-era justice minister, who was convicted six years ago for her role in the 1994 slaughter that killed 800,000 people.

World, Africa 10:26am EST

Four charged over albino murder in Tanzania amid growing calls for action

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DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Tanzanian court has charged four people over the murder of an albino woman over six years ago as pressure mounts for authorities in the east African country to do more to stop the killing of albinos whose body parts are prized in black magic.

Three killed over gold discovery on Mali-Guinea border

BAMAKO - Mali said three of its nationals were killed in a village near the Guinean border during a violent skirmish between miners over a gold discovery.

World, Africa, Mali 5:32am EST

Thu, Feb 26 2015

China bans ivory imports ahead of royal visit: Xinhua

SHANGHAI - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade.

World, China, Africa 26 Feb 2015

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS - Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

Bomb attacks kill at least 23 in north, central Nigeria

JOS/BAUCHI, Nigeria - Boko Haram bombers killed 23 people on Thursday, authorities said, as the Islamist insurgents fight back against a military offensive launched by Nigeria and three neighboring countries.

World, Africa 26 Feb 2015
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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.