Nigeria Islamists still holding 85 schoolgirls after raid: state
18 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girls it abducted from a raid on a secondary school in northeastern Borno state this week, although the other 44 were free, the state government said on Saturday. Monday's mass abduction of schoolgirls aged 15 to 18 by Boko Haram, who are fighting for a breakaway Islamic state in northern Nigeria, shocked Africa's most populous country. The Islamists attacked Chibok school, in remote Borno state, which had 129 girls staying in it, on Monday. Borno state education commissioner Inuwa Kubo said in a statement late on Saturday that 16 students had managed to flee back home during the night of the attack, while another 28 had escaped after being abducted.
After Algerian landslide, what next?
18 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation — what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the 77-year-old leader who has been in power since 1999 and deal with an emboldened opposition.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe slams Europe's 'homosexual nonsense'
18 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
Zimbabwe's strong man ruler Robert Mugabe lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade on Friday. "The Europe of yesterday is gone, we have a Europe of today which has no principles at all," the 90-year-old told a crowd of thousands gathered in a Harare stadium to mark 34 years since the country's independence from Britain. Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's ruler since independence, faces EU sanctions as a result of his authoritarian rule. He refused to attend an EU-Africa summit earlier this month after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe.
Strike-hit South Africa platinum miners unveil new pay offer
18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
The new terms would raise the total pay and benefits for an underground miner at the Implats, Amplats and Lonmin companies by 7.5-10.0 percent a year on average. The total remuneration package would rise to 12,500 rand ($1,188, 860 euros) a month by July 2017, marking a significantly bigger increase than the rate of inflation.
Algeria's ailing president, 77, wins 4th term
18 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures announced Friday by the Algerian government.
Factbox: Algeria's Bouteflika, aging independence veteran, wins re-election
18 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won re-election for another five-year term with an officially tabulated 81.53 percent of the vote, despite suffering a stroke last year. He is seen by supporters as a symbol of stability after he helped to lead Algeria out of a civil war that lasted more than a decade. * Born on March 2, 1937, Bouteflika is a veteran of Algeria's war for independence from France. * Bouteflika's fortunes waned after the death of President Houari Boumedienne, and he went into self-imposed exile in 1981 to escape corruption charges that were later dropped.
New Americans turn to goats to address food demand
18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.
Shot DR Congo park director evacuated to Nairobi
18 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
The Belgian director of a famed national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was shot this week by unknown attackers was evacuated to Nairobi on Friday, a local official said. Emmanuel de Merode, head of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war-scarred North Kivu province, was shot in the abdomen and chest on Tuesday as he travelled alone by jeep from the regional capital Goma to a nearby conservation centre. His condition was thought to be stable as he was flown out of Goma on Friday for the Kenyan capital. "I believe he has been evacuated just to recuperate as his condition had stabilised in Goma," the governor of North Kivu province, Julien Paluku, told AFP.
South Sudan deploys army to guard U.N. base after attack kills dozens
18 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
By Carl Odera NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday. Locals pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition forced their way into the camp on Thursday and opened fire before being beaten back by UN security personnel (UNMISS). They have been ordered to protect UNMISS so there will be no attack from anybody," Ateny Wek Ateny, President Salva Kiir's spokesman, told Reuters by phone. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million displaced since fighting erupted in South Sudan in the middle of December, triggered by a power struggle between Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.
Algeria's ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch 4th term
17 Apr 2014 | 11:22 pm
Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems after Algerians voted Thursday in an election that saw 70 people wounded in protests. In his first public appearance in two years, a smiling Bouteflika arrived at a voting centre in Algiers mid-morning in a wheelchair, waving but making no comment to reporters covering an election tainted by fraud warnings and boycott calls. Sporadic violence marred the election process, especially in the Kabylie, a restive, mostly Berber region east of Algiers. For Algeria's independent newspapers, the election outcome is a foregone conclusion.
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