Algeria’s shake-up raises questions about energy industry

Africa 04/03/19, 10:41

The man who ruled Algeria for 20 years has resigned under pressure from protesters unhappy about years of economic decline and accusations of corruption.As the future of the country under new leadership remains unclear, questions are swirling about what will happen to its oil and gas industry.Here's a look at ...

Kenyan families of Ethiopian crash victims to sue

Africa 04/03/19, 10:12

A U.S.-based attorney says eight Kenyan families of people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash last month will sue Boeing, the manufacturer of the plane, and the airline for compensation.Carlos A. Velasquez said Wednesday in a press conference in Nairobi that it's early to tell "who did what and ...

Update: Sudanese protesters take heart from Algeria

Africa 04/03/19, 04:48

The Latest on the change of power in Algeria (all times local):10:45 a.m.The organizers behind months of anti-government demonstrations in Sudan are welcoming the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in response to mass protests, and are expressing hope that Sudan's Omar al-Bashir will do the same.A crowd celebrates after ...

Cholera vaccination drive starts in Mozambique after cyclone

Africa 04/03/19, 04:48

A cholera vaccination campaign is kicking off to reach nearly 900,000 cyclone survivors in Mozambique as officials rush to contain an outbreak of the disease.Vaccinations are beginning on Wednesday morning in the hard-hit city of Beira, where most of the more than 1,400 cases have been reported since the outbreak ...

With president gone, Algerian officials plot next steps

Africa 04/03/19, 03:39

Algeria is facing a new era after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation — and questions about what happens next for this gas-rich country and ally to the West in fighting terrorism.Algeria's 12-member Constitutional Council is expected to meet Wednesday to confirm the departure. National television showed a frail Bouteflika handing his ...

Update: Defense ministry urges Algeria’s leader to quit

Africa 04/02/19, 12:56

The Latest on political upheaval in Algeria (all times local):6:45 p.m.Algerian Defense Ministry has called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit "immediately" after two decades in office.FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sits on a wheelchair after taking oath as President, in Algiers. ...

Algeria: Skepticism greets president’s planned exit

Africa 04/02/19, 04:43

Algerian protesters and opposition leaders are cautiously welcoming President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's planned departure, but say it doesn't go far enough.Former Prime Minister Ali Benflis and a moderate Islamist movement are among leading voices criticizing the move because it would leave the country's secretive, distrusted power structure in place.A standoff is ...

Mozambique cyclone death toll up to 598; cholera spreads

Africa 04/02/19, 04:39

Authorities say the death toll in Mozambique from last month's cyclone has risen to 598 while humanitarian workers race to contain a cholera outbreak in the storm's wake.The World Health Organization says at least 1,052 cholera cases have been reported by Mozambique's health ministry, including one death.The acute diarrheal disease ...

US, Nigeria, other nations train navies in Gulf of Guinea

Africa 04/01/19, 10:43

The United States Navy and 33 other countries recently carried out weeks of maritime training in the Gulf of Guinea, to improve safety against pirates and to improve the monitoring of the West Africa coastline.The Obangame Express training exercise, in its ninth year, this year included 2,500 personnel, 95 ships ...

Mozambique confirms 1st cholera death as cases above 500

Africa 04/01/19, 03:59

Mozambican authorities have announced the first cholera death among cyclone survivors in the hard-hit city of Beira as the number of cases rises to 517.Broadcaster TVM on Sunday night cited national health official Ussene Isse for the new toll.Cases of the acute diarrheal disease have risen dramatically since the outbreak ...

Algerian president names new government, keeps army chief

Africa 03/31/19, 15:23

Algeria's powerful army chief has retained his post in a newly-named government despite his call to have ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared unfit for office.Algerian national television announced Sunday night that Bouteflika and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui named a new government after weeks of mass protests and political tensions in ...

Arab leaders meet in Tunisia with eye on Trump’s Golan move

Africa 03/31/19, 04:39

Arab leaders are meeting in Tunisia's capital hoping to project unified opposition to President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. The annual Arab League summit is taking place Sunday. The leaders of Algeria, Sudan and Morocco have announced they are skipping the meeting. Arab League spokesman Mahmoud ...

Algerian army holds emergency meeting as tensions mount

Africa 03/30/19, 16:31

Algeria's army chief has summoned top military brass for an emergency meeting as he pushes for declaring President Abdelaziz Bouteflika unfit for office.Army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah claimed Saturday that unnamed figures were plotting against the military, as tensions mount in Algeria's political crisis.In remarks carried on Algerian television, Salah ...