Report: Benedict defends ’emeritus pope’ title to critic
A German newspaper that quoted letters by Benedict XVI hitting back at criticism of his 2013 resignation said Friday that he was responding to a conservative German cardinal who took issue with his decision to take the title "emeritus pope."The Bild daily, which first reported on the letters Thursday, gave ...
Report: Russian spy suspects detained this year by Dutch
British investigative group Bellingcat says two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year.Bellingcat in its investigation released late Thursday quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and ...
5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab’s threat grows
Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya's capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa's east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands.The assault on ...
Africa youth boom on display as Uganda leader faces pop star
Call it a struggle for the soul of the ghetto.Uganda's longtime president this month went on a whirlwind tour of some of the capital's poorest slums, handing out checks totaling over a quarter-million dollars.The next day, residents turned up in the red colors of the opposition and instead gave thanks ...
Refugees Get Turn on Big Screen in Kenyan Film Festival
The festival screened a selection of short films about exile and identity, some produced by refugees themselves
Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated
Philippine troops and police have forcibly evacuated residents of five villages vulnerable to landslides after the collapse of a mountainside buried dozens of homes and killed at least 22 people in a central region.Rescuers dig through the rubble to search for possible survivors, with some sending cellphone text messages pleading ...
Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria
The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press after dozens ...
S. Sudan Ambassador Hopes to Repair Relations with US
Relations between South Sudan and the United States have been strained in recent years
Top Algerian Military Commanders Being Purged Ahead of Presidential Election
Some analysts are calling military and security force purge a 'pre-emptive coup'
Dozens Die in Tanzania Ferry Sinking
Officials say 44 people have already been confirmed dead and rescue efforts have halted until dawn on Friday
eSwatini, Formerly Swaziland, Heads for First Elections Under New Name
But critics say elections in Africa’s last absolute monarchy are purely cosmetic
Cameroon’s Muslim, Christian Leaders Join in Call for Peace
Christian and Muslim clerics accuse diaspora of funding violence that has rocked country's English-speaking regions for two years
EU looks to Egypt, Africa for help with migrant challenge
European Union leaders agreed Thursday to enter talks with Egypt to help stem the flow of migrants entering Europe from Africa, offering to step up economic cooperation and the prospect of a high-profile summit in Cairo as incentives.Speaking to reporters after hosting talks between EU leaders in Salzburg, Austrian Chancellor ...
Former Top Eritrean Official Arrested After Criticizing President
Rights groups call for release of an ex-finance minister arrested after publishing a book critical of the government, Isaias Afwerki
Ugandan Politician Bobi Wine at Home After Police Detention
Police took him into custody on his arrival at airport; hours later, he was taken to his home
Update: Uganda’s pop star politician vows to fight on
The Latest on Uganda's pop star politician (all times local):4:25 p.m.Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine is vowing to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying."The singer whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu spoke to reporters shortly after police escorted him home from ...
S. Sudan Sees Renewed Fighting After Peace Deal Signed
UN undersecretary for peacekeeping operations tells Security Council fighting continues in parts of country days after agreement was signed
Report Accuses South Sudan Troops of Rapes, Killings
Amnesty International alleges government offensive occurred during peace talks
Kabila Candidate Faces Challenges in DRC Election
21 candidates have been approved for the single-round contest
Somalia Says Ready to Send Troops to S. Sudan for Security
But questions still unresolved about whether Somalia can contribute soldiers while itself being protected by AU forces