Muslim cabbies’ ingenuity build airport parking lot mosque

Africa 04/28/19, 14:35

The words of the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, are identical wherever it is sung, in every country where Muslims worship."Hayya 'alas salah" is sung around the globe five times a day, including outside a construction trailer parked in a remote lot at Philadelphia International Airport by a city ...

Sudan’s military rulers condemn attack on Islamist party

Africa 04/28/19, 05:02

Sudan's ruling military council has condemned an attack by protesters on a meeting of an Islamist party close to deposed President Omar al-Bashir.In a statement issued late Saturday, the military council called on people to refrain from violence.Dozens of protesters gathered Saturday outside a building where the Popular Congress Party ...

Update: Houses collapse as floods rise in Mozambique

Africa 04/28/19, 03:28

The Latest on Cyclone Kenneth's aftermath (all times local):10:25 a.m.The United Nations says houses have begun to collapse in parts of northern Mozambique as serious flooding begins in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth.In this photo provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), badly damaged ...

Flooding begins in Mozambique in wake of Cyclone Kenneth

Africa 04/28/19, 01:54

Flooding has begun in parts of northern Mozambique that were hit by Cyclone Kenneth three days ago.Mozambique's government has urged many people to immediately seek higher ground, fearing flooding and mudslides in the days ahead. It said at least five people have died since the storm arrived Thursday evening with ...

South Africa marks Freedom Day; apartheid ended 25 years ago

Africa 04/27/19, 10:14

Calls for more jobs for South Africa's black majority and respect for the rights of the LGBTI community have marked Freedom Day celebrations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid.Singing and dancing punctuated one gathering on Saturday of about 3,500 people on the outskirts of Johannesburg.A quarter-century ago ...

Heavy rains lash Mozambique after Cyclone Kenneth; 4 dead

Africa 04/27/19, 04:42

Heavy rains lashed northern Mozambique on Saturday in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth as aid groups warned of possible flooding and mudslides in the days ahead.At least four deaths had been reported. Mozambique's disaster authorities said one person was killed in Pemba city and another in hard-hit Macomia district, while ...

Sudanese protesters meet with army to negotiate transition

Africa 04/27/19, 04:40

The organizers of the protests that drove Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from power say they are meeting with the ruling military council for negotiations on forming a transitional government.The Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded the protests, says Saturday's meeting is the first for a joint committee tasked with addressing disputes ...

New Ethiopian consulate in St. Paul seeks to build trust

Africa 04/27/19, 00:06

From third-floor offices at the Court International Building along University Avenue in St. Paul, Ewnetu Bilata Debela helps serve "Ethiopians in diaspora" — families displaced by decades of border wars and government crack-downs on political dissidents, including many young people.Debela assumed the position of consul general of the Federal and ...

UN: Rockets hit civilian areas in Libya’s capital Tripoli

Africa 04/26/19, 12:53

The U.N. says rockets and mortar shells have reportedly been fired on residential neighborhoods of Libya's capital Tripoli, where heavy fighting has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that the U.N. is "gravely concerned" at reports of indiscriminate shelling of populated areas, including Thursday night.Forces ...

Sudan’s military seeks to keep upper hand despite protests

Africa 04/26/19, 03:00

Sudan's military, which ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of protests against his 30-year rule, says it intends to keep the upper hand during the country's transitional period to civilian rule.The announcement is expected to raise tensions with the protesters, who demand immediate handover of power.The Sudanese Professionals Association, which ...

Q&A: Sudanese face uphill climb in unfinished revolution

Africa 04/26/19, 01:08

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which led months of protests that eventually forced one of Africa's longest-ruling leaders from power, says its revolution is far from over.The umbrella group of unions succeeded where war and sanctions failed — in ending President Omar al-Bashir's three-decade rule. This week the protesters scored another ...