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  • new storyUN chief recommends stepped-up UN presence in Burundi 
    Updated: Nov-30-15 5:43 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is recommending that the Security Council authorize a stepped-up U.N. presence in violence-wracked Burundi but has stopped short of calling for a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping operation.

  • new storyPope urges peace while visiting C. African Republic mosque story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 5:06 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - Pope Francis made a historic visit to the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic's capital Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militias.

  • Kenyan university: 1 dead during stampede over drill 
    Updated: Nov-30-15 3:39 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - A drill to test terrorism preparedness at a leading Kenyan university led to a stampede in which one person died and 20 others were injured, the institution said Monday.

  • Iran denies links to 2 alleged operatives arrested in Kenya 
    Updated: Nov-30-15 2:41 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has denied any links to two detained Kenyans accused of spying and plotting attacks on Western targets in Nairobi.

  • Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 2:13 pm

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.

  • IAAF suspends 3 senior Kenyan track and field officials story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 1:16 pm

    LONDON - Three senior Kenyan track and field federation officials were suspended by the IAAF on Monday over accusations they subverted the east African nation's anti-doping system and siphoned money from Nike.

  • Chinese president to head to Africa story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 10:13 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Some immigration signs at Zimbabwe's main international airport are in Chinese, a sign of China's deep economic inroads in Africa, which Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit this week.

  • Meeting in South Africa views new models for African cities 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 8:47 am

    JOHANNESBURG - With more than half of Africa's population expected to live in cities by the year 2050, a gathering in South Africa on Sunday is exploring new models for urban Africa.

  • Kenya police: 2 Kenyans arrested for spying for Iran 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 12:33 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Two Kenyans in police custody have admitted assisting Iranian state intelligence to plot attacks on western targets in Kenya, Kenya's police chief said Saturday.

  • Miami-area woman climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to help sex slaves 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 12:20 pm

    MIAMI - A Miami-area woman has helped raise $800,000 to fight sex trafficking.

  • Pittsburgh club aids Kenyan mothers-to-be who lack supplies 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 10:52 am

    PITTSBURGH - Women who give birth in U.S. hospitals often pack a bag filled with items to ease the pains of delivery - soothing music, a memory book, a pair of comfy slippers.

  • 7 more Kenyan athletes banned for doping 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 4:23 pm

    Two-time cross-country world champion Emily Chebet was among seven Kenyan athletes banned for doping Friday, another indication that the country has a serious problem of cheating among its famed distance runners.

  • Burundi: Presidential adviser survives attack by gunmen 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 1:16 pm

    KIGALI, Rwanda - An adviser to Burundi's president survived an apparent assassination attempt Friday when gunmen opened fire at his vehicle while he was being driven to work, highlighting the growing insecurity in the central African nation.

  • Pope: land grabs a serious problem in Kenya 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 8:45 am

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Pope Francis on Friday took aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country.

  • Number of child brides to soar in Africa, say rights groups 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 12:11 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - The 14-year-old girl had just arrived home from school when her family told her to swap her school uniform for traditional wedding robes. While she had been sitting in her seventh grade classroom in South Africa, her male relatives had received a $570 bride price for her from a man she'd never met who was twice her age.

  • China in talks with Djibouti on establishing logistics base 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 5:59 am

    BEIJING - China said Thursday it is in talks with Djibouti about setting up a naval logistics center in the Horn of Africa nation to service Chinese anti-piracy patrols, raising the sensitive issue of whether Beijing will seek military bases overseas.

  • Burundi implicates respected journalist in failed coup 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 8:19 am

    KIGALI, Rwanda - Buurndi's government is seeking to extradite a prominent journalist from Belgium over charges he played a role in a failed coup attempt against the government, the journalist said Wednesday.

  • Climate changes take heavy toll on Ugandan coffee farmers 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 5:34 am

    KASESE, Uganda - Luka Kinyere felt the wet, dark volcanic soil in his calloused palm, thankful for the rain that was falling again after a dry spell.

  • Kenya's president reshuffles Cabinet after graft allegations 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 5:16 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's president reshuffled his Cabinet Tuesday to replace five ministers who are being investigated for graft and one who resigned over the weekend after being accused of corruption.

  • Toxic Kenya dump embodies pope's environmental concern story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 10:27 am

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Using hooks or their bare hands, men, women and children traipse through the murky sludge that pools around the mountains of garbage, hunting for bottles, plastic bags and anything else that can be recycled to earn themselves enough for their daily bread.

  • Kenya declares public holiday for papal Mass 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:38 am

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The Kenyan government has declared a national public holiday the day Pope Francis will celebrate Mass here, drawing an expected 1.4 million people.

  • Burundi's government suspends 10 civic groups amid unrest 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 3:28 pm

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Burundi's government on Monday suspended the licenses of 10 non-governmental organizations over allegations they have been involved in anti-government activities.

  • Protesters occupy headquarters of Kenya athletics federation 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 12:54 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - A group of Kenyan athletes occupied the headquarters of the national track and field federation on Monday, demanding the removal of its top officials in a protest against doping and corruption.

  • Uganda fundraises, spruces up shrine for pope visit 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 12:01 pm

    NAMUGONGO, Uganda - More than 2 million people are expected to converge near a minor basilica in the Ugandan capital where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Saturday, an official with the Roman Catholic Church here said Monday even as workers put in extra hours to spruce up the shrine.

  • US imposes sanctions related to violence in Burundi 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 11:44 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is imposing sanctions against individuals in Burundi the U.S. says are contributing to violence in the African nation.