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Kenya says gunmen are killed in hotel attack; 14 victims die

Jan. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — All the gunmen who staged a deadly attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi were killed, Kenya's president said Wednesday, declaring an end to the brazen overnight siege that underscored the ability of al-Shabab extremists to strike despite military setbacks. Fourteen...

UN: At least 890 killed in December clashes in Congo

Jan. 16, 2019 2:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says "credible sources" indicate that at least 890 people were killed last month during three days of clashes among villages in western Congo. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. human rights chief, said the perpetrators should be brought to justice over such "shocking...

Zimbabwe police arrest 600 in harsh crackdown on protests

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles arrested a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, along with scores of others, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country. Zimbabwe's state security minister says more than...

The Latest: Zimbabwe arrests more than 600 for fuel protests

Jan. 16, 2019 1:36 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe protests (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Zimbabwe's state security minister says more than 600 people have been arrested countrywide amid protests over dramatic fuel price increases. Owen Ncube said on state television that 214 of the people have already appeared...

AP Explains: Who are al-Shabab attackers of Kenya hotel?

Jan. 16, 2019 12:43 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has targeted Kenya with several devastating assaults in recent years, leaving hundreds dead. Here's a look at the group which has been called the...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Jan. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday. The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in...

Gunmen attack villages in central Mali, kill 20 people

Jan. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The spokesman for a Tuareg group in Mali says gunmen have attacked two villages in the country's central Menaka region near the border with Niger, killing at least 20 people. Mohamed Ag Albachar of the Azawad self-defense group, said Wednesday that armed men attacked two villages on...

ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal

Jan. 16, 2019 11:06 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010. Prosecutors have...

Kenya's deadly hotel attack: A timeline of how it occurred

Jan. 16, 2019 10:58 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It began with cars exploding and several armed young men, wrapped in ammunition belts, sauntering onto the scene. It was declared over nearly 20 hours later with at least 14 people killed, 700 people evacuated and the Islamic extremist attackers "eliminated." Overnight, scores of...

The Latest: Aid group IDs British victim in Kenya attack

Jan. 16, 2019 11:32 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The British aid group Gatsby says its Africa programs director is among those killed in the attack in Kenya's capital. A statement says the group is "shocked and saddened" to confirm...

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Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Jan. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday. The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in...

Zimbabwe police arrest 600 in harsh crackdown on protests

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles arrested a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, along with scores of others, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country. Zimbabwe's state security minister says more than...

The Latest: Zimbabwe arrests more than 600 for fuel protests

Jan. 16, 2019 1:36 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe protests (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Zimbabwe's state security minister says more than 600 people have been arrested countrywide amid protests over dramatic fuel price increases. Owen Ncube said on state television that 214 of the people have already appeared...

Fighting flares up in Libyan capital, killing 5, wounding 20

Jan. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, four months after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire. Malek Merset, spokesman for the Tripoli-based Health Ministry, says at least five people were killed and 20 others wounded...

Zimbabwe's state security minister says more than 600 people have been arrested countrywide for fuel price protests

Jan. 16, 2019 1:34 PM EST
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's state security minister says more than 600 people have been arrested countrywide for fuel price protests .

Kenya says gunmen are killed in hotel attack; 14 victims die

Jan. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — All the gunmen who staged a deadly attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi were killed, Kenya's president said Wednesday, declaring an end to the brazen overnight siege that underscored the ability of al-Shabab extremists to strike despite military setbacks. Fourteen...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel

Jan. 16, 2019 12:48 PM EST
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel.

AP Explains: Who are al-Shabab attackers of Kenya hotel?

Jan. 16, 2019 12:43 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has targeted Kenya with several devastating assaults in recent years, leaving hundreds dead. Here's a look at the group which has been called the...

Gunmen attack villages in central Mali, kill 20 people

Jan. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The spokesman for a Tuareg group in Mali says gunmen have attacked two villages in the country's central Menaka region near the border with Niger, killing at least 20 people. Mohamed Ag Albachar of the Azawad self-defense group, said Wednesday that armed men attacked two villages on...

The Latest: Aid group IDs British victim in Kenya attack

Jan. 16, 2019 11:32 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The British aid group Gatsby says its Africa programs director is among those killed in the attack in Kenya's capital. A statement says the group is "shocked and saddened" to confirm...