Uganda’s opposition pop star says he doesn’t feel safe

Africa 09/24/18, 11:37

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine said on Monday he is concerned about his safety four days after returning from the United States, where he sought medical care for injuries sustained during alleged state torture.Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, told reporters "I don't feel safe ...

Mandela statue at UN: ‘an inspiration … and a reminder’

Africa 09/24/18, 09:11

A statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the United Nations to honor the 100th anniversary of the late South African leader's birth.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Monday's dedication that Mandela "embodied the highest values of the United Nations — peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity."A peace summit ...

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed 227

Africa 09/24/18, 08:09

Tanzania's government has launched an inquest into the cause of the ferry disaster, in which 227 people died when a boat capsized in Lake Victoria last week. The government is also taking steps to build a bigger ferry.Coffins of some of the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry capsizing ...

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

America 09/24/18, 00:15

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The ...

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Europe 09/23/18, 15:54

Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by ...

Update: Panama pulls migrant rescue boat’s registration

Europe 09/23/18, 14:19

The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):8:10 p.m.Panama says that it has withdrawn the registration of the only private migrant rescue boat still operating in the central Mediterranean after complaints from Italy, which is cracking down on migrant arrivals.Panama's maritime authority said in a statement that Italy contends ...

Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Africa 09/23/18, 12:10

Burials started Sunday of the 224 people who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania's State broadcaster said Sunday.Coffins for the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry are transported by another ferry to Ukara Island, Tanzania Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The death toll soared past 200 on ...

Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons

Africa 09/22/18, 13:22

Egypt's highest appeals court on Saturday rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges.The ruling by the Court of Cassation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, dashed any hope that Gamal, Mubarak's younger son and one-time heir ...

Update: Maldives police raid opposition’s main office

Africa 09/22/18, 10:59

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):7:45 p.m.Police in the Maldives say they have raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on the eve of an election that is seen as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country.A Maldivian election worker ...

US airstrike kills 18 al-Shabab after US attacked in Somalia

Africa 09/22/18, 10:02

A U.S. military airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. and local forces on the ground came under attack in southern Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said Saturday.No U.S. or Somali forces were killed or injured in the attack, an AFRICOM spokesman, Nate Herring, told The Associated Press. The ...