Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same sex relations

Africa 05/24/19, 09:00

A three-judge panel of Kenya's High Court has upheld sections of the country's penal code that criminalize same-sex relations. The judges' unanimous ruling on Friday disappointed Kenya's vibrant gay community, as many had hoped the court would make history by scrapping the colonial-era laws. Activists argue that the laws criminalizing consensual same-sex ...

South Africa’s Zuma must wait 3 months for court decision

Africa 05/24/19, 06:58

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will hear in three months' time whether corruption and other charges against him might be dropped.Pietermaritzburg High Court judges have reserved judgment on his application for a permanent stay of prosecution. No date was announced.Zuma was president from 2009 until 2018, when his African ...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Africa 05/23/19, 09:16

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups.The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible ...

Sudanese protesters plan mass rally as talks stall with army

Africa 05/23/19, 05:52

Sudan's protest leaders are calling for mass rallies across the country amid deadlocked negotiations with the ruling military over its handover of power.The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded four months of protests that drove Omar al-Bashir from power in April, says it's also calling for a "million man march" ...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa starts crackdown on corruption

Africa 05/22/19, 11:06

South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to crack down on corruption Wednesday as the country's new parliament voted him to lead the country for a five-year term.South Africa's lawmakers were sworn into the legislative body in Cape Town following elections earlier this month in which Ramaphosa's ruling African ...

Suicide car bomb kills 6 in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

Africa 05/22/19, 07:41

A Somalia police spokesman said a suicide car bomb by Islamic extremists has killed at least six people in the capital Wednesday.Capt. Mohamed Hussein said most of the casualties are soldiers and more than 13 people were injured.Somalia's extremist rebel group, al-Shabab, has claimed the responsibility for the blast, saying ...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

Africa 05/21/19, 11:28

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region.Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from the Islamic State and ...

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 ...