Latest East Africa News

China's rust belt looks abroad as growth slows, tariffs bite

Aug. 21, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

YINGKOU, China (AP) — From Thailand to Kenya, trains run on tracks from steel mills in China's northeast, a rust-belt region that is trying to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar national initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad. Announced in 2012, the Belt and Road Initiative is...

Uganda, Rwanda presidents agree to cease hostilities

Aug. 21, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed on Wednesday to re-open the border between the two countries following a summit mediated in Angola, ending months of tensions that raised fears of armed hostilities. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda also...

US says airstrike in Somalia kills al-Shabaab militant

Aug. 20, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab militant in the vicinity of Qunyo Barrow, Somalia, killing a militant. In a statement, U.S. Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out Tuesday in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia. The...

Ugandan police say 20 killed in deadly motor accidents

Aug. 19, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 20 people have been killed in two separate motor accidents in Uganda, including an explosion involving a fuel tanker in the country's west, police said Monday, in incidents highlighting growing road safety concerns in the region. A fuel tanker exploded Sunday after losing...

Extremists attack army base in southern Mogadishu; 5 killed

Aug. 14, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali military officers say at least four soldiers and a photographer embedded with the army were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on an army base in the town of Awdhegle, southwest of the capital. Gen. Yusuf Rage, commander of the Somali infantry division, said that...

Ex-Mozambican finance minister remains in South African jail

Aug. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang will remain in a South African jail until October when a South African High Court will hear the case to extradite him to the U.S. Chang was arrested in South Africa in December last year on the request of U.S. prosecutors who alleged that...

Federal New York lockup draws new scrutiny in Epstein death

Aug. 12, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has brought new scrutiny to a federal jail in New York that, despite chronic understaffing, houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country. Epstein's death is also the latest black eye for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the jail's parent...

Tanzanian police say 62 killed when siphoned tanker explodes

Aug. 10, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it Saturday, killing at least 62 in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country. Tanzanian state broadcaster TBC, citing police figures, said at least 70...

Police say at least 57 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in eastern Tanzania town

Aug. 10, 2019 4:25 AM EDT
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Police say at least 57 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in eastern Tanzania town.

Rights group says Eritrea high schools center of repression

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrea's secondary schools are at the center of the government's efforts to control the population, a human rights organization charged on Friday. In a new report, "They Are Making us Into Slaves, Not Educating Us: How indefinite conscription restricts young people's rights, access...