Libyan commander hands over prominent militant to Egypt

Africa 05/29/19, 07:14

A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown back to Egypt on Wednesday.Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former army officer ...

Nigerian president Buhari sworn in for 2nd term

Africa 05/29/19, 07:08

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa's most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns over his health.The 76-year-old former military dictator read the oath of office from a card as he stood beside ...

Malawi’s Mutharika sworn in, declares ‘I am not dead!’

Africa 05/28/19, 09:56

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday called for unity as he was sworn in for a second five-year term after an election in which top opposition parties alleged irregularities.The 78-year-old Mutharika began his acceptance speech by declaring "I am not dead!" to address persistent rumors ahead of the vote. He ...

Sudan protesters begin 2-day strike to press ruling military

Africa 05/28/19, 03:39

Sudan's protest leaders have launched a two-day general strike to press the ruling military to hand over power to a civilian-led authority.Wajdi Saleh, a negotiator for the protesters, says they resorted to holding the strike after negotiations with the military council became deadlocked over the makeup and leadership of a ...

Malawi’s Mutharika re-elected to 2nd term in tight race

Africa 05/27/19, 12:53

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has narrowly won re-election with 38% of the votes in last week's polls, the electoral commission declared Monday.Mutharika's victory was announced in Blantyre, Malawi's largest city, immediately after the High Court in Lilongwe, the capital, threw out an injunction preventing the electoral commission from announcing the ...

Hifter’s forces push toward Libyan capital city’s center

Africa 05/27/19, 11:47

Heavy clashes have been slowly nearing the center of Libya's capital, Tripoli, as forces loyal to the military commander Khalifa Hifter battle to seize power, an official and residents said Monday.Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite commitments to move toward elections ...

Some Kenyan farmers turn to silk production for cash

Africa 05/27/19, 07:20

A growing number of Kenyan farmers are turning to silk production, in a move away from traditional cash crops such as coffee, maize, sugarcane and cotton.The rearing of silkworms is seen as less affected by a changing climate that has hurt some traditional crops in the East African nation because ...

South African conference teams taking command in Super Rugby

Africa 05/26/19, 21:45

Teams from the South African conference teams have taken command in the late race for playoffs positions in Super Rugby, exposing the limitations of their Australian and New Zealand opponents.Meanwhile, Argentina's conference-leading Jaguares are being criticized from fielding what is in effect the national team.With three rounds remaining in the ...

Sudan’s leading opposition party rejects strike call

Africa 05/26/19, 14:26

A leading Sudanese opposition party said Sunday it has refused a call by protest leaders for a two-day general strike, in a sign of divisions within the pro-democracy movement that is challenging military rule in Sudan.The opposition Umma Party said it opposes the "preparations and timing" of the strike. However, ...

2 Libyan reporters taken by commander Hifter’s forces freed

Africa 05/26/19, 04:51

The U.N. mission in Libya says two local TV reporters detained by forces loyal to a commander who is on the offensive to capture the country's capital, Tripoli, have been released after three weeks in captivity.Libya's Alahrar TV station said commander Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army detained two of ...

Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa’s president

Africa 05/25/19, 04:28

Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in for a five-year term as South Africa's president.He took the oath of office on Saturday in front of some 30,000 people at a stadium in the capital, Pretoria.It followed his ruling African National Congress party's 57.5% victory in this month's election. It was the ...