Update: Plane with Algerian leader takes off from Geneva

Africa 03/10/19, 10:12

The Latest on Algeria's president (all times local):4:05 p.m.An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has taken off from Geneva airport after about two weeks of medical treatment in Switzerland.Algerians gather for a demonstration in Algiers, Friday, March 8, 2019. A festive crowd of thousands of ...

No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines crash en route to Kenya

Africa 03/10/19, 09:24

A jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital Sunday, killing everyone aboard, authorities said. More than 30 nationalities were among the dead. It was not clear what caused the plane to go down in clear weather. The pilot sent out a distress call and was given ...

Top Algeria party seeks end of crisis on regime change calls

Africa 03/10/19, 08:21

The top Algerian party backing beleaguered President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has broken its silence over massive demonstrations demanding the end of the regime, saying it's ready to work with all parties to end the crisis.The National Liberation Front, or FLN, said in a statement Sunday that it wants to find a ...

Update: Ethiopian Airlines shares image from crash

Africa 03/10/19, 06:53

The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local):2:45 p.m.Ethiopian Airlines has published a photo that appears to show its CEO standing amid the wreckage of the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa.The airplane crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) south ...

Ebola treatment center in Congo is attacked again; 1 dead

Africa 03/09/19, 09:41

Armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo's deadly outbreak on Saturday, with the mayor reporting one police officer killed.The early-morning attack in Butembo came less than a week after the treatment center reopened following an attack last month, which forced aid group Doctors ...

Historic protests challenge fragile Algerian leader, regime

Africa 03/09/19, 08:40

Algeria is at a turning point, led by citizens young and old peacefully protesting against the 20-year rule of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.The powerful military is girding against eventual chaos, while protesters in the North African nation are relishing the notion of an Algeria reborn. But there are no ...

Algerian opposition parties, unions back street protests

Africa 03/08/19, 04:17

More than a dozen political parties and unions have thrown their support behind widening street protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and denounced the government's "stubborn" hold on power.More protests are planned for Friday challenging Bouteflika's fitness to run for a fifth term. The Algerian leader has been in power ...

US general: Troops cuts don’t impact Somalia, Libya missions

Africa 03/07/19, 20:54

Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S. commander for Africa told Congress Thursday. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said about 300 troops will be cut by June 2020, ...

Chimps varied “culture” matters for conservation, study says

Africa 03/07/19, 16:20

Some chimpanzee groups are stone-throwers. Some use rocks to crack open tree nuts to eat. Others use sticks to fish for algae.As researchers learn more about Homo sapiens' closest living genetic relatives, they are also discovering more about the diversity of behaviors within chimpanzee groups — activities learned, at ...