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Burkina Faso hotel retaken from attackers; 126 people freed

Burkina Faso and French forces killed at least three extremists and freed 126 people as they took control of a luxury hotel in the capital that had been seized by the attackers, the minister of security said Saturday. Officials said that 22 people were killed when the Islamic extremists stormed...

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  • New Ebola case confirmed in Sierra Leone one day after Africa was declared free of the virus

    New Ebola case confirmed in Sierra Leone one day after Africa was declared free of the virus

    A day after declaring West Africa free of Ebola, the World Health Organization on Friday confirmed a new case of the disease in Sierra Leone. Samples taken from the body of a 22-year-old woman who died this week in the northern part of the country tested positive for the virus, local media reported....

  • Is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa really over?

    Is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa really over?

    Liberia was officially declared Ebola-free on Thursday, the last country in West Africa to reach that milestone after more than 28,500 people were infected and 11,300 perished in the worst outbreak of the disease. It was, in the words of the World Health Organization director-general, Margaret...

  • After two years of pain and heartbreak, Africa declared free of Ebola

    After two years of pain and heartbreak, Africa declared free of Ebola

    Marian Bah lost a child and husband to Ebola and was so shunned by her family and community in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, she said, that “I wanted to kill myself.” Agnes Saybeh has been left alone with the three orphaned children of her sister, who died of the disease, and a child of her own....

  • Truck bomb targeting Libya police facility kills at least 60

    Truck bomb targeting Libya police facility kills at least 60

    At least 60 people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when a truck bomb exploded at a police training center in the Libyan coastal town of Zlitan, officials said. The attack occurred in an area where an affiliate of the militant group Islamic State has reportedly tried to gain ground as it...

  • People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away

    People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away

    Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa -- one caused by drought, the other by war. Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, and in South Sudan, conflict has made it difficult...

  • Furor over racist tweet lays bare South Africa's persistent divide

    Furor over racist tweet lays bare South Africa's persistent divide

    Her name is Penny Sparrow and, over the course of two days, she went from being an anonymous South African real estate agent to perhaps the country’s most hated woman. Sparrow ignited a social media storm when she posted a Facebook rant comparing black people to monkeys. The uproar has shone a...

  • Rwandan president becomes Africa's latest to seek extended time in power

    Rwandan president becomes Africa's latest to seek extended time in power

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame will follow the well-worn path of autocrats by seeking a third term in office next year, after changes to the country's constitutional limit that had allowed only two terms. Kagame announced in a televised New Year's Day address to the nation that he would seek a third...

  • Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigerian city, killing at least 30

    Boko Haram extremists struck the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months Monday, attacking with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers, witnesses said. At least 30 people were killed and the death toll could go higher, officials said. The military said...

  • Gas tanker truck fire kills more than 100 people in Nigeria

    A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant in Nigeria on Thursday, killing more than 100 people lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders in time for Christmas. The disaster took place in Nnewi, a predominantly Christian community in southeast Nigeria. By the...

  • Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising

    Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising

    In a year packed with terrorist attacks, the world's deadliest militant group has carried out massacres the size of the San Bernardino killings once or twice a week. And over time, it has undertaken dozens of attacks that dwarf November's deadly rampage in Paris, sometimes shooting down several...

  • Device that forced Air France jet to divert to Kenya was a hoax, airline CEO says

    Device that forced Air France jet to divert to Kenya was a hoax, airline CEO says

    The suspicious device discovered in the bathroom of an Air France flight was a hoax, the CEO of Air France said Sunday. The Boeing 777 was heading to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris from Mauritius when its pilots requested an emergency landing early Sunday at Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa....

  • Burundi violence: 87 people killed at military installations

    Burundi violence: 87 people killed at military installations

    A Burundian army official says 87 people were killed in violence Friday when three military installations were attacked by armed men. Army spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza said Saturday eight security officers were among those killed and 21 others were wounded in the fighting. Baratuza said forces...

  • Pope Francis travels to mosque in heart of sectarian conflict

    Pope Francis travels to mosque in heart of sectarian conflict

    The final hours of Pope Francis’ African tour might well have been most dangerous moments of his papacy, as he visited a volatile Muslim neighborhood in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, followed by an open air Mass at a stadium. It was the most powerful, symbolic moment of his Africa...

  • Pope visits Central African Republic, a nation rife with Christian-Muslim conflict

    Pope visits Central African Republic, a nation rife with Christian-Muslim conflict

    Pope Francis arrived Sunday in the conflict-torn Central African Republic, brushing aside security concerns to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has forced nearly 1 million from their homes over the last two years and...

  • 3 killed, 20 injured in mortar attack on U.N. base in north Mali

    3 killed, 20 injured in mortar attack on U.N. base in north Mali

    Mortars lit up the dawn sky in an attrack on a United Nations base in the northern Mali city of Kidal early Saturday, killing at least three people. The bombardment came eight days after Islamic extremists attacked a luxury hotel to the south in Bamako, the capital, leaving 20 people dead. Two...

  • Pope honors Ugandan Christians burnt alive last century

    Pope honors Ugandan Christians burnt alive last century

    Pope Francis on Saturday honored the Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith a century ago, urging today's Catholics to follow in their missionary zeal and spread the faith at home and abroad. A somber Francis prayed at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22...

  • 2 arrested in deadly Mali hotel attack

    2 arrested in deadly Mali hotel attack

    Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people, according to a statement distributed Friday morning. The statement identified the two men, both arrested in Bamako, but provided no other details on their background or their...

  • Debate over rhino horn trade ramps up as South Africa ban is lifted

    Debate over rhino horn trade ramps up as South Africa ban is lifted

    A South African court Thursday threw out a moratorium on the trade of rhino horns, a move hotly debated in a country that, more than any other, holds the survival of the species in its hands. Proponents of lifting the ban argue that doing so will discourage illegal poaching that has steadily increased...

  • Islamic State claims Tunisia attack; bombing suspect's body found

    Islamic State claims Tunisia attack; bombing suspect's body found

    The body of a suspected suicide bomber was found at the scene of an attack on Tunisia's presidential guard, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility Wednesday for the attack that left 13 people dead. Tuesday's attack on a bus carrying Tunisia's presidential guards involved about 22 pounds of...

  • Pope Francis calls for unity, links terror to poverty as he launches Africa tour

    Pope Francis calls for unity, links terror to poverty as he launches Africa tour

    Almost as soon as Pope Francis alighted from his flight to Kenya's capital on his first trip to Africa, he sent a powerful message of humility and equality. The pope stunned Kenyans not only by riding in a modest gray Honda through Nairobi's streets, but also by traveling with the window down,...

  • Tunisian president declares state of emergency after explosion kills 12 on bus

    Tunisian president declares state of emergency after explosion kills 12 on bus

    An explosion struck a bus carrying members of Tunisia's presidential guard in the country's capital Tuesday, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than a dozen others in what the government described as a terrorist attack. The blast on a tree-lined avenue in the heart of Tunis is a new blow...

  • South Africa's guru for benefits of saturated fat faces hearing

    South Africa's guru for benefits of saturated fat faces hearing

    Butter! Cream! Meat! (And don’t forget to eat the fat!) Roast chicken! (Skin on please!) Duck fat! And burgers with bacon strips on almond flour buns, dripping with thick slices of melted cheese, are also on the menu. With this tempting mantra, South African diet guru and self-proclaimed maverick...

  • Ebola reappears in Liberia, leaving the question: Why?

    Ebola reappears in Liberia, leaving the question: Why?

    Ebola, the virus that killed more than 4,800 people in Liberia since the outbreak began in December 2013, is back after the West African country was twice declared free of the disease. And no one is sure why. After a 15-year-old boy recently contracted the virus, his father and brother also tested...

  • Islamic State shows the ability to shift to more sophisticated tactics

    Islamic State shows the ability to shift to more sophisticated tactics

    Islamic State militants may be under bombardment by a dozen world powers bent on wiping them out, but they have managed to expand their repertoire of terrorist tactics to carry out ever more sophisticated attacks that disrupt Western society. The band of extremists has succeeded in escalating the...

  • People with 'a desire to help' among victims of Mali terrorist attack

    People with 'a desire to help' among victims of Mali terrorist attack

    It was a typical guest list at an African hotel in a troubled region: aid workers from all over, trying to make things better; Russian pilots; Chinese business people; Western politicians; American military personnel. When terrorists linked to one of Al Qaeda’s many West African affiliates stormed...

  • Mali attack latest to rattle global security: The deadly hotel siege underscores a broader threat

    Mali attack latest to rattle global security: The deadly hotel siege underscores a broader threat

    From cafes in Paris to the teeming markets of Nigeria, in tourist resorts on the Sinai peninsula and now a glitzy hotel in the dusty capital of Mali, the message Islamist terrorists sent to the world over the last several weeks is that no one — almost anywhere — is safe. The attack Friday, in which...

  • Pentagon has increased military operations in Africa

    Pentagon has increased military operations in Africa

    The Pentagon has stepped up operations in Africa in recent years, insisting that a greater U.S. military presence is necessary to help counter threats from militants such as those who took hostages at a hotel in Mali. But U.S. Africa Command, which oversees the operations, has only a handful of...

  • Gunmen storm hotel in Mali; one American among at least 20 killed

    Gunmen storm hotel in Mali; one American among at least 20 killed

    Suspected Islamist gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako early Friday, killing 20 people or more and taking scores of hostages during a terrifying daylong siege.Attackers swept into the lobby shouting “Allahu akbar!” after exchanging gunfire with security guards and began...

  • New Ebola case confirmed in Liberia

    New Ebola case confirmed in Liberia

    Health authorities in Liberia on Friday reported a new confirmed Ebola case -- a 10-year boy who is being tended to at the treatment center on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital. Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, but there was a resurgence of the disease in late June affecting four...

  • Cargo plane crashes near international airport in South Sudan, killing at least 25

    Cargo plane crashes near international airport in South Sudan, killing at least 25

    A cargo plane taking off from the South Sudanese capital of Juba crashed along the banks of the Nile River, killing at least 25 people, witnesses and a government official said. An Associated Press reporter at the scene of the crash saw the bodies, including those of children. Parts of the plane...

  • Appeal of Oscar Pistorius' murder acquittal centers on intent to kill

    Appeal of Oscar Pistorius' murder acquittal centers on intent to kill

    The emotion and drama of last year’s murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius were absent in the prosecution’s appeal to overturn his acquittal Tuesday. The athlete, who howled in anguish, vomited and repeatedly contradicted himself during his trial, wasn’t in court Tuesday. Even the...

  • 9 killed as Islamic extremists attack Somalia hotel

    9 killed as Islamic extremists attack Somalia hotel

    Islamic extremists attacked a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu at dawn Sunday, killing at least nine people and injuring 10, a police official said. Security forces ended the siege by Shabab attackers at the Sahafi Hotel by midday, said police commander Ali Ahmed. “It's over now, we have...

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