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 ...

Mogadishu car bomb blast kills 5

Africa 03/07/19, 10:35

Restaurant is frequented by government soldiers who control one of the security checkpoints for the presidential palace, located about half a kilometer away from the blast scene

Algerian police cede to protesting lawyers: ‘No to fraud!’

Africa 03/07/19, 08:56

A message from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika warns that peaceful protests against his decision to run for a fifth term risk being tainted by "chaos."The Algerian leader, in power since 1999 but all but invisible since a stroke in 2013, has been hospitalized in Switzerland for what the government described ...

Scientists begin exploring Indian Ocean depths in Seychelles

Africa 03/07/19, 07:04

An unprecedented mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves began its research on Thursday, in Seychelles waters.The British-led Nekton Mission arrived off the tiny atoll of Alphonse in the early morning hours, after looming bad weather forced a change of plan.The expedition will ...

Car bomb in Somalia’s capital kills 2 near president’s house

Africa 03/07/19, 05:24

A police officer in Somalia says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint at the presidential palace in the capital killed at least two people.Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that a car exploded by the rear entrance of the hilltop presidential palace and appeared to have been targeting security forces ...

Pressure at top and bottom of Super Rugby standings

Africa 03/06/19, 21:22

The three leading teams in Super Rugby face challenging derby matches in the fourth round as interest focuses closely on the top and bottom of the standings.The defending champion Crusaders, who are unbeaten after three rounds, face the winless Chiefs in New Zealand, and the Melbourne Rebels, who have two ...

Kenya flights disrupted by airport workers strike

Africa 03/06/19, 06:51

Hundreds of air passengers were stranded Wednesday in Kenya because of a strike at Nairobi's international airport by the Kenya Aviation Workers Union.Police violently dispersed striking workers who attempted to protest at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.Kenya's military took over screening and security services at the airport following the strike.Stranded ...