Egypt's languishing Islamic antiquities
2013-05-24 04:19:23 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Cairo, the Arab world's most populated city, is often referred to as an open-air museum of Islamic antiquities and the city of 1,000 minarets.
But its rich history and contributions to Islamic art has languished.
'BOOM TOWN BABY': African stock markets see gains
2013-05-22 17:00:40 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The barrage of hourly tweets sent out by Aly-Khan Satchu — East Africa's version of CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer — cheers on what Satchu says is a growing sentiment among investors: If you're not investing in Afri...
New Egypt tax law: cuts for poor, business hikes
2013-05-21 17:33:38 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has signed a new tax law that cuts the amount paid by poorer Egyptians while increasing taxes on small and medium-sized businesses.
The interim parliament approved the law last week. President Mohammed Morsi sig...
Cairo airport baggage handlers end strike
2013-05-19 17:16:39 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport officials say baggage handlers have resumed work after a strike that left passengers on 20 international flights from Europe and Arab countries waiting several hours for luggage.
Baggage handlers went on strike ...
'Britain's Obama' urges ties with West Africa
2013-05-19 17:06:43 UTC
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A rising star in Britain's Labour Party, described by some as the "British Barack Obama," Chuka Umunna urged the United Kingdom to more aggressively forge ties with West Africa's fast-growing economies.
During a trade ...
Tunisia security blocks salafi conference
2013-05-19 17:05:30 UTC
KAIROUAN, Tunisia (AP) — Massive numbers of Tunisian police and army surrounded Tunisia's religious center of Kairouan to prevent a conference by a radical Islamist movement that has been implicated in attacks around the country.
Kenya police kill "terror couple"
2013-05-19 17:02:08 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police shot dead a couple suspected to be terrorists after they threw four grenades, wounding five officers in an overnight stand-off, a police official said Sunday.
Following a tip, investigators raided the apartm...
Ivory Coast army arrests militia leader
2013-05-19 16:42:18 UTC
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A militia leader accused of grave crimes during Ivory Coast's 2010-11 postelection violence was taken into custody Saturday not far from the national park where his forces had been illegally occupying in the cou...
Journalist found dead in eastern Congo
2013-05-18 16:43:17 UTC
GOMA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese official says the body of a journalist was found on the bank of the Ngezi River near the provincial capital of Bunia in eastern Congo.
Bunia Mayor Ferdinand Fimbo said Saturday that the body of Guylain Chanjabo...
Egypt security forces clash with Cairo protesters
2013-05-18 16:38:08 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them in central Cairo, hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and ...
Egyptians targeted with blasphemy charges
2013-05-18 16:35:46 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The pale, young Christian woman sat handcuffed in the courtroom, accused of insulting Islam while teaching history of religions to fourth-graders. A team of Islamist lawyers with long beards sang in unison, "All except the Pr...
Politics, bribery charges swirl around Ugandan oil
2013-05-18 16:23:28 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Even before the first drops flow, Uganda's oil sector is beset by bribery allegations against officials, tax-related cases abroad that cost the government millions in legal fees, and the alleged interference of a pre...
Nigeria military declares 24-hour curfew in city
2013-05-18 16:04:08 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military declared a 24-hour curfew Saturday on neighborhoods in a northeastern city that's the spiritual home of an Islamic extremist network as soldiers continued the government's emergency campaign aga...
Zimbabwe PM confident he'll oust Mugabe in vote
2013-05-17 17:28:42 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday he is poised to sweep to victory in upcoming presidential elections and return the nation to the world community after years of isolation.
"We are going to b...
Hints of political change on horizon in Algeria
2013-05-17 16:43:59 UTC
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Arab Spring may finally be en route to Algeria.
With the president in a French hospital recovering from a stroke, the generation of aging politicians and generals that has run Africa's largest country for a h...
7 Egyptian security personnel abducted in Sinai
2013-05-16 18:29:15 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Suspected militants in Egypt's Sinai abducted seven security personnel as they headed to Cairo for holidays early Thursday, security officials said. It was the first such kidnapping of security forces in the lawless peninsula....
Warplanes, troops in NE Nigeria, mobile phones cut
2013-05-16 18:25:31 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Mobile phone service was cut off Thursday in areas of northeast Nigeria as jet fighters streaked through the sky and more soldiers were deployed to fight Islamic extremists waging a brutal insurgency.
US criticizes Egyptian action against youth leader
2013-05-14 05:58:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blasting Egyptian authorities for detaining a prominent youth movement leader on possible charges including "incitement to protest" and insulting the government's interior minister.
Nigeria extremists say they kidnap women, children
2013-05-13 17:44:24 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country's government, according to a video re...
Africa is riskiest place to be born, report says
2013-05-13 05:12:12 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million babies die the day they are born every year, and the 14 countries with the highest rates of first-day deaths are all in Africa, according to a new report released Tuesday.
Party's withdrawal threatens Moroccan govt
2013-05-12 17:05:16 UTC
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's second largest political party has announced it is withdrawing from the Islamist-led government elected during the Arab Spring and leaving its fate up to the king, a party spokesman said Sunday.
Mubarak retrial in Egypt to include new evidence
2013-05-11 17:00:41 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Saturday, with prosecutors requesting to present new evidence from a fact-finding commission's report that claims the ex-leader had full knowledge of the...
Newspaper strike hits flamboyant Nigeria publisher
2013-05-10 17:12:43 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Known for bringing in celebrities and smiling in photographs next to former Western leaders, a flamboyant Nigerian newspaper publisher now faces a challenge from his most vocal critics — his own employees.
Death toll in Nigeria police attack rises to 30
2013-05-09 18:08:24 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Heavily armed and under orders to break up an ethnic militia, a combined force of Nigerian police officers and agents of the country's domestic spy agency instead found themselves the target of a brutal atta...
Ugandan general questions Museveni succession plan
2013-05-09 18:04:41 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Breaking ranks with the military high command, a general is accusing President Yoweri Museveni of trying to ensure his son replaces him, the first top official to raise concerns about the purported succession ...