Africa

Meerkat Manor in an enclosure at the Pretoria Zoo, South Africa, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. One of the most captivating sights of African wildlife is that of sharp-eyed meerkats standing side-by-side on their hindlegs, as though posing for a group photograph. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe )

New study explores sinister side of meerkats

JOHANNESBURG (AP) —  One of the most captivating sights of African wildlife is that of dark-eyed meerkats standing side-by-side on their hind legs, as though posing for a group photograph. They look cuddly and endearing. […]

08/14/2014

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US aid workers headed to Atlanta for Ebola care

NEW YORK (AP) — Aid officials say a plane carrying an American doctor infected with the Ebola virus is heading to the U.S. The doctor is the first of two seriously ill Americans being flown […]

08/02/2014

Jill Biden speaks with people at a school project that benefits from American Aid money in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The wife of Vice President Joe Biden is highlighting female empowerment, education and leadership on a tour of three African countries this week, including the DRC. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

Jill Biden travels to east Congo on Africa tour

BUKAVU, Congo (AP) — Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, traveled Saturday to conflict-wracked eastern Congo, where she met with survivors of sexual violence as part of her three-nation tour of the continent. […]

07/05/2014

French President Francois Hollande, left, poses with Cameroon President Paul Biya upon his arrival for the "Paris' Security in Nigeria summit", at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Summit combats Boko Haram funds, arms, training

PARIS (AP) — Boko Haram has ample funds, highly sophisticated weaponry and advanced training with some of the world’s most experienced terrorists, the French president said Saturday as he and African leaders grappled with how to […]

05/17/2014

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope prays for Christians persecuted for faith

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging people to speak out against persecution of Christians, whom he likened to the Church’s first martyrs. His denunciation of discrimination suffered by Christians came a day […]

12/26/2013

Undated image provided by Interpol shows fugitive Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the "white widow" by some news media, whom Interpol has issued an arrest notice for. (AP Photo/Interpol, File)

Mysterious ‘white widow’ eludes police in Africa

AYLESBURY, England (AP) — She is called the most wanted woman in the world, a suspected terrorist charged with plotting to blow up resort hotels in Kenya packed with Christmas tourists, a westerner who wrote […]

12/12/2013

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The world eulogizes Nelson Mandela

The rain that’s been falling today in Johannesburg hasn’t dampened the spirits of the tens of thousands who gathered to remember Nelson Mandela. Rain is seen as a blessing among South Africa’s majority black population. […]

12/10/2013

Floral tributes to former president Nelson Mandela, pile up beneath a statue of Mandela on Mandela Square at Sandton City, in Johannesburg Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Athol Moralee)

South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa? This racially charged country that, on Nelson Mandela’s watch, inspired the world by embracing reconciliation in all-race elections in 1994 is again in the global spotlight after […]

12/06/2013

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Remembering Nelson Mandela 1918 -2013

People across South Africa and around the world are remembering Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers today. Mandela will lie in state in South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria from Wednesday until he is […]

12/06/2013

In this July 7, 1991, file photo, newly-elected African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, greet the crowd after arriving at a rally and a week-long national ANC conference held inside South Africa for the first time in 30 years.  (AP Photo/John Parkin, File)

Gracious and tough, Mandela was fun to cover

NEW YORK (AP) — The thing about Nelson Mandela was that he made the rest of us want to be almost as noble as he. Imprisoned for 27 years, the anti-apartheid leader who had declared […]

12/05/2013

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