- Study: Ethiopian fossils indicate new forerunner of humans Updated: May-27-15 1:38 pm
NEW YORK - A fossil find adds another twig to the human evolutionary tree, giving further evidence that the well-known "Lucy" species had company in what is now Ethiopia, a new study says.
- Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections Updated: May-27-15 12:26 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.
- Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win Updated: May-27-15 11:53 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties.
- Police: 5 wounded in militant attack on Kenyan police Updated: May-26-15 6:35 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Kenyan police vehicles near Somalia's border, injuring at least five officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday.
- Thousands attend funeral of killed Burundi opposition figure Updated: May-24-15 10:16 am
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Thousands of people in Burundi's capital on Sunday attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting.
- Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified Updated: May-23-15 5:11 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.
- Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp Updated: May-23-15 2:23 pm
LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania - Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba.
- Thousands attend Italian nun's beatification in Kenya Updated: May-23-15 1:49 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Kenyan town Saturday to attend the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun who worked for many years in this East African nation.
- Somalia: Militants kill lawmaker in capital, attack 2 towns Updated: May-23-15 1:41 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - A Somali lawmaker was shot and killed by gunmen in the capital Saturday, as dozens of Islamic extremists attacked two towns in southern Somalia, clashing with government troops in fighting that killed 18 militants and soldiers, Somali security officials said.
- Ohio zoo to add giraffe-feeding, zip lining, among others Updated: May-23-15 6:35 am
TOLEDO, Ohio - Officials from an Ohio zoo are planning to add a giraffe-feeding platform, aerial course and improvements to an event pavilion.
- Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help Updated: May-22-15 1:27 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.
- Ugandan Islamic extremist fights extradition from Tanzania Updated: May-22-15 12:22 pm
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - An Islamic extremist leader appeared in a Tanzania court on Friday to challenge his extradition home to Uganda, where he is wanted for allegedly ordering deadly attacks on civilians in the 1990s.
- Kenya says attack by Somali militants thwarted in Garissa Updated: May-22-15 9:34 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last month, according to the interior ministry.
- South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive Updated: May-22-15 8:49 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - South Sudan's military on Friday accused the Sudanese government of aiding a new rebel offensive in the southern country where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.
- Fleeing Yemen war, thousands stuck in Djibouti Updated: May-22-15 4:43 am
OBOCK, Djibouti - Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country.
- Report: Iranian ship with Yemen aid has arrived in Djibouti Updated: May-21-15 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON - An Iranian cargo ship loaded with aid bound for Yemen arrived in Djibouti on Thursday and is anchored offshore, a U.S. official said.
- South African police arrest thousands in raids Updated: May-21-15 12:52 pm
JOHANNESBURG - At around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, South African police entered a Cape Town neighborhood notorious for gang violence. It was one of several nationwide raids, in response to last month's attacks on foreigners in the country, officials said in a statement.
- British man charged with trying to join al-Shabab in Somalia Updated: May-21-15 9:34 am
LONDON - A British man has been charged with making plans to travel to Somalia to link up with Islamic extremists there.
- Rwandan convicted in Germany could face more prison time Updated: May-21-15 9:12 am
BERLIN - Germany's top criminal court ruled Thursday that there was sufficient evidence to find a former Rwandan mayor guilty of participating in genocide and sent the case back for the lower court to reconsider his conviction last year on a lesser crime.
- Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad Updated: May-20-15 9:17 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.
- 1 dead in Burundi unrest; leader delays parliamentary vote Updated: May-20-15 5:14 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Burundi police fired live bullets, tear gas and tossed a grenade Wednesday to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over the president's bid for a third term in office. One soldier died while trying to stop the police barrage, a captain said.
- Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya; makers not known Updated: May-20-15 1:34 pm
NEW YORK - By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them - or why.
- Iran warships escort cargo vessel toward Yemen Updated: May-19-15 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. and allied officials are debating how they should handle an Iranian cargo ship that is flanked by two warships and heading toward a Yemen port, reportedly carrying humanitarian supplies for the war-wracked nation.
- Experts: EU plan to tackle migrant trafficking is dangerous Updated: May-19-15 1:19 pm
BRUSSELS - Experts say the European Union's plan to disrupt the business of human traffickers and destroy their boats in the Mediterranean is a short-term deterrent that is likely to be dangerous, costly and tough to implement.
- Interpol: Islamic extremist rebel to be extradited to Uganda Updated: May-19-15 9:06 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - An Islamic extremist rebel leader recently arrested in Tanzania is set to be extradited to Uganda after Tanzanian authorities agreed to cooperate, the head of Interpol in Uganda said Tuesday.