Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai

Africa 05/21/19, 07:45

Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 militants in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic militants as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish.No casualties were reported among the police.Tourists ...

Libyan capital, under siege, gets water back after 2 days

Africa 05/21/19, 04:53

Authorities say the Libyan capital, which has been under attack by commander Khalifa Hifter's forces since last month, has seen its water supplies resume two days after gunmen shut the pipes down, depriving over 2 million residents of water.The Interior Ministry says the gunmen on Sunday stormed the offices of ...

Sudan generals, protesters split on who will lead transition

Africa 05/21/19, 03:25

Sudan's ruling generals and protesters behind months of mass demonstrations that drove autocrat Omar al-Bashir from power are divided over who will lead the country during its transition period.The issue remains a stumbling block in the negotiations between the two sides. Their latest round of talks ended early on Tuesday ...

Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament

Africa 05/21/19, 01:33

Voting has started in in Malawi to elect a new president and 193 members of parliament.Before dawn, hundreds of voters lined up Tuesday at polling centers to cast their ballots in the election in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term.Mutharika is in a tight ...

Hifter’s rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

Africa 05/21/19, 01:05

After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost.Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local groups hold art exhibitions and festivals. But ...

No deal but Sudanese army, protesters will keep talking

Africa 05/20/19, 04:57

Sudan's ruling generals and protesters behind months of mass demonstrations that drove autocrat Omar al-Bashir from power have failed to strike a deal but agree to keep talking.That's after the latest round of negotiations between the two sides that resumed on Sunday, following a three-day pause. Another round is due ...

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma in court for corruption

Africa 05/20/19, 03:57

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is in court facing charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.Zuma, 77, appeared at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province Monday on charges of receiving bribes when the government purchased arms in 1999.Zuma was South Africa's president from 2009 until 2018, ...

Egypt says after bus attack, 12 militants killed in Cairo

Africa 05/20/19, 03:51

Egypt says security forces killed 12 members of a militant group with suspected links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in shootouts in Cairo, just hours after a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17.The Interior Ministry says seven of the militants were killed ...

Sudanese general’s path to power ran through Darfur

Africa 05/20/19, 01:01

In April 2015, President Omar al-Bashir traveled to the heart of Sudan's conflict-ravaged Darfur region to congratulate one of his hand-picked commanders on a recent victory over rebels.Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemedti, had led the so-called Rapid Support Forces on a series of counterinsurgency campaigns in Darfur ...

Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

Africa 05/19/19, 10:20

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not ...

Jobs, corruption top issues as Malawi votes for president

Africa 05/19/19, 05:48

Corruption and the need for economic growth are the main campaign issues as Malawi goes to the polls Tuesday for a presidential election that pits the incumbent against his own vice president as well as the country's main opposition party.The need to protect people with albinism has also emerged as ...

Congo political exiles return as new leader brings reforms

Africa 05/18/19, 07:13

Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo feared being jailed if he returned to his country as an opponent of the longtime president.During his five years in exile, a court convicted him in absentia on charges related to a real estate dispute which he says were politically motivated.All that changed ...

Algerians hold anti-government protest, jump on police vans

Africa 05/17/19, 12:04

Protesters flooded the streets of Algeria for the 13th straight Friday, climbing atop police vans that were blocking the main demonstration site in the capital in a bold show of defiance.Security forces earlier fired tear gas into the crowd in Algiers to keep them out of the central post office ...