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  • Egypt police block workers' assembly, labor activist says 1 May 2016 | 11:15 am

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police prevented hundreds of workers from holding a meeting in Cairo to commemorate International Workers' Day, an independent Egyptian trade union leader said.

  • South Africa: Rescued lions explore new home in sanctuary 1 May 2016 | 10:47 am

    A former circus lion bites a tree branch inside an enclosure at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Vaalwater, northern, South Africa, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are heading back to their homeland to live out the rest of their lives in a private sanctuary in South Africa. The operation is the largest ever airlift of lions, organized and paid for by Animal Defenders International. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Vaalwater, South Africa (AP) — Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday.


  • Ghanaian crowned first 'Miss Africa Continent' 1 May 2016 | 6:54 am

    Miss Ghana, Rebecca Asamoah, is crowned the first ever Miss Africa Continent in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 30, 2016Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first 'Miss Africa Continent'. The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list of 40 contestants from across the continent in the inaugural pageant at Johannesburg's Gold Reef City casino on Saturday night. Runner-up was Michelo Malambo of Zambia, while South Africa's Jemimah Kandimiri was placed third.


  • Islamist group al Shabaab kills 15 soldiers: Somali military 1 May 2016 | 5:36 am

    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab insurgents killed 15 Somali soldiers and retook a town northeast of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, just one day after it had fallen to government forces, the military said. The Islamist group, which wants to topple Somalia's Western-backed government, said it had killed 32 soldiers in the assault. Al Shabaab has inflated casualty figures in the past.

  • With help, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram 1 May 2016 | 1:13 am

    People walk past burnt houses after Boko Haram attacks at Dalori village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeastern NigeriaN'Djamena (AFP) - With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed. A regional offensive launched early last year against the group by Chad, and Nigeria under new President Muhammadu Buhari has seen Boko Haram driven out from numerous towns and villages that it controlled in northeastern Nigeria. Two weeks ago, Nigeria's military said it would raid the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold on the Cameroon border.


  • Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander 1 May 2016 | 12:33 am

    General Patrick Brethous said Islamist groups were now selecting easy targets beyond the reach of his Operation Barkhane because they had been outmanoeuvred on home turfGeneral Patrick Brethous said groups were now selecting easy targets beyond the reach of his Operation Barkhane because they had been outmanoeuvred on home turf. Other recent attacks out of Operation Barkhane's range include another AQIM-claimed attack, the November 2015 raid on the Radisson Blu in the Malian capital Bamako that left 20 people dead, including 14 foreigners. In January, 30 people were also killed, including many foreigners, in an attack on a top Burkina Faso hotel and a nearby restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou.


  • Five years after bin Laden, Al-Qaeda down but far from out 30 Apr 2016 | 11:25 pm

    Replaced as the preeminent global jihadist power by the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda nonetheless remains a potent force and dangerous threat, experts sayFive years after the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the network he founded is far from dead even if it has suffered a series of setbacks. Replaced as the preeminent global jihadist power by the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda nonetheless remains a potent force and dangerous threat, experts say. With last year's Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and a wave of shootings in West Africa, Al-Qaeda has shown it can still carry out its trademark spectacular attacks.


  • Al-Qaeda after bin Laden 30 Apr 2016 | 10:53 pm

    A French soldier patrols a market in Gao, northern MaliDubai (AFP) - The jihadist group Al-Qaeda has survived the death of its founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 and bolstered its notoriety with attacks in Africa, Europe and Yemen.


  • Hurricanes thump Lions in Super Rugby, Highlanders 30 Apr 2016 | 6:54 pm

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Defending champions the Highlanders ended a two-game losing streak to beat the ACT Brumbies and the Hurricanes revived their Super Rugby season with a thumping 50-17 win over the Lions on Saturday.

  • 33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift 30 Apr 2016 | 4:30 pm

    Airport cargo handlers attends to cages of former circus lions on their arrival at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Thirty-three lions rescued from various circuses in Peru and Colombia are heading to Johannesburg live out the rest of their lives in a private sanctuary in South Africa, organized and paid for by Animal Defenders International.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.


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