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Kenya forces still securing hotel after extremist attack

Jan. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EST

NAIROBI,Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say there is still "an active security operation" Wednesday in and around the luxury hotel and shopping complex attacked by Islamic extremist gunmen. Sporadic gunfire could be heard from the scene in the morning after scores of people were rescued at daybreak as police...

The Latest: Nairobi hotel managers "devastated" by attack

Jan. 16, 2019 1:40 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 9:40 a.m. The Bangkok-based management of the Nairobi hotel that is part of the complex attacked by extremists Tuesday says it is "devastated" by the assault. Dusit International, managers of...

A look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya

Jan. 15, 2019 10:05 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Here is a look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya over the years: ___ WESTGATE MALL, SEPT. 2013 Al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Nairobi, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead. The assault on a sunny weekend afternoon...

Zimbabwe military quells fuel price protests; several deaths

Jan. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's police and military patrolled the streets of the capital, Harare, Tuesday as a helicopter fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically...

ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Jan. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010,...

Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing

Jan. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court on Tuesday began hearing an appeal against the presidential election results lodged by opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who claimed he lost because of massive electoral fraud. Fayulu demanded a recount of the Dec. 30 vote, claiming the electoral...

South Sudan pursues fragile peace, but people remain wary

Jan. 15, 2019 4:09 AM EST

KAJO KEJI, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition commander Moses Lokujo flipped through his notes, explaining international humanitarian law to an attentive group of senior officers. "Soldiers are not supposed to kill someone who's not an enemy," he said. "And if a civilian is walking with a goat it...

Zimbabwe's president in Russia to meet Putin and seek loans

Jan. 15, 2019 4:52 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Zimbabwe, whose country is facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, is visiting Russia in hopes of securing long-term loans. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday amid turmoil in Zimbabwe caused by the severe economic...

Gabon's ailing president returns for government swearing-in

Jan. 15, 2019 7:11 AM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government. Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed...

The Latest: Zimbabwe military uses tear gas on protesters

Jan. 15, 2019 4:34 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe demonstrations (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A Zimbabwean military helicopter has fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires on a second day of protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel. Soldiers have moved in to...

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The Latest: Nairobi hotel managers "devastated" by attack

Jan. 16, 2019 1:40 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 9:40 a.m. The Bangkok-based management of the Nairobi hotel that is part of the complex attacked by extremists Tuesday says it is "devastated" by the assault. Dusit International, managers of...

AP WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

Jan. 16, 2019 1:09 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran's powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later. His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied...

Kenya forces still securing hotel after extremist attack

Jan. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EST

NAIROBI,Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say there is still "an active security operation" Wednesday in and around the luxury hotel and shopping complex attacked by Islamic extremist gunmen. Sporadic gunfire could be heard from the scene in the morning after scores of people were rescued at daybreak as police...

The Latest: Nairobi attack survivors reunite with families

Jan. 16, 2019 12:08 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 7:10 a.m. Dozens of people are reuniting with friends and family after being trapped for more than 12 hours in a hotel complex under attack in Kenya's capital. Survivor Lucy Wanjiru says she had been trying to...

Al-Shabab extremists claim deadly attack on Nairobi hotel

Jan. 15, 2019 11:23 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group. A police officer said at least 15 people had died. "It is terrible. What I have...

Egyptian denied entry to Italy jumps from parked airplane

Jan. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian news agency ANSA reports that Milan's Malpensa Airport was closed temporarily after an Egyptian passenger who was not allowed into Italy jumped from a parked airplane and evaded law enforcement. ANSA said the man arrived in Milan on a direct flight from Senegal that was continuing on...

Kenya's interior minister says 'the situation is under control' and all buildings secure after deadly attack

Jan. 15, 2019 2:57 PM EST
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's interior minister says 'the situation is under control' and all buildings secure after deadly attack.

ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Jan. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010,...

Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing

Jan. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court on Tuesday began hearing an appeal against the presidential election results lodged by opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who claimed he lost because of massive electoral fraud. Fayulu demanded a recount of the Dec. 30 vote, claiming the electoral...

Zimbabwe military quells fuel price protests; several deaths

Jan. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's police and military patrolled the streets of the capital, Harare, Tuesday as a helicopter fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically...