Africa

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

Two boys walk past a mural depicting former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Alexandra township in Johannesburg, South Africa, in this Dec. 11, 2012 file photo.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

PHOTOS: Art honoring Mandela around the world

(AP) – Colorful murals of Nelson Mandela by an Indian artist adorn walls in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. A snow-dusted bronze likeness stands with arms outstretched in London’s Parliament Square. South Africa’s […]

12/05/2013

June 27, 2013: Large photographs of former South African President Nelson Mandela are displayed at the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Civic Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP Photo/File)

5 key moments in Mandela’s life

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president, was regarded as one of the great figures of the past century for his generosity of spirit, sacrifices in the […]

12/05/2013

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 and released by the National Geographic Society on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, journalist Paul Salopek walks across the Afar desert of Ethiopia as part of his planned seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra del Fuego. (AP Photo/National Geographic Society, John Stanmeyer)

1 year down: American walking from Africa to Chile

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In Paul Salopek’s first year of his trek across the globe, the reporter walked alongside his camels for days in Ethiopia without seeing glass or bricks or any other signs of […]

11/20/2013

Pirates kidnap Americans from commercial ship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pirates attacked a commercial ship near the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two U.S. mariners, a U.S. defense official said Thursday. The captain and an engineer were taken away from the offshore […]

10/24/2013

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