Latest Central Africa News

Prosecutor rejects new defense info in Mollie Tibbetts case

Jul. 15, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor rejected defense claims Thursday that the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts could be connected to sex trafficking and other abductions that happened in the rural area where she disappeared while out for a run. ...

Abortion drama from Chad stirs Cannes Film Festival

Jul. 10, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, whose drama “Lingui” has been a standout of the first week of the Cannes Film Festival, has a unique relationship as a filmmaker to his native country of Chad. Haroun is one of the African nation's only film directors and...

Strong start by Montas leads Athletics over Astros 2-1

Jul. 08, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Oakland manager Bob Melvin was a bit concerned when his team didn't add on after jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead Thursday. The Athletics had led in the first two games of this series before the Astros rallied for wins. This time Frankie Montas and...

Russia rejects UN accusations against its instructors in CAR

Jul. 02, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday reaffirmed a strong denial of U.N. experts' claims that Russian military instructors were involved in killing civilians and looting in the Central African Republic. In a written reply to the AP's request for comment,...

Weiberg takes over as Oklahoma State athletic director

Jul. 01, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Chad Weiberg officially is Oklahoma State’s athletic director. Weiberg had been deputy athletic director under Mike Holder since 2017. Oklahoma State announced the succession plan for Weiberg to take over in March, and it became official on...

Attack in eastern Congo kills 9; US ambassador vows support

Jul. 01, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — At least nine civilians, including women, were killed in an attack by rebels in Congo’s eastern city of Beni, officials said Thursday. The attack in Beni's Rwangoma neighborhood is the third such attack in the Beni area this week. Police and the...

UN panel accuses Russia of Africa killings; Moscow says no

Jun. 28, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts are accusing Russian military instructors and the Central African Republic forces they are supporting of “excessive use of force, indiscriminate killings, the occupation of schools and looting on a large scale” -- allegations Moscow strongly rejected...

Two explosions hit Congo's eastern city of Beni

Jun. 28, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo on Monday banned public gatherings for two days in Beni, after the eastern city was hit by two explosions. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a busy intersection in Beni on Sunday, the same day another explosion rocked a Catholic...

West and Russia clash over Russian mercenaries in CAR

Jun. 23, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States, Britain and France accused Russian mercenaries on Wednesday of operating alongside Central African Republic forces and committing human rights violations against civilians and obstructing U.N. peacekeeping -- charges immediately denied by Russia...

Prosecutors request life sentence for 'Hotel Rwanda' hero

Jun. 17, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence for the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” as he faces terrorism charges, while his family asserts that he faces mistreatment and an unfair trial. Paul Rusesabagina, once praised...