Attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai kills at least 235

By Samer Al-Atrush Agence France Presse Armed attackers on Friday killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, in the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said. Witnesses […]

Oscar Pistorius: The ‘broke and broken’ Olympian

by Ben Sheppard Agence France-Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African’s sprint around the 400-meter track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to […]

Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president

by Reagan Mashavave Agence France Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe’s closest allies, will take the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats. Mugabe, who […]

Zimbabwe’s next leader prepares to take power

by Susan Njanji and Reagan Mashavave Agence France-Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe’s incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday to take power after the shock resignation of Robert Mugabe brought 37 years of authoritarian rule to an end. Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security establishment, returned to the country on Wednesday to take the reins and told adoring crowds in Harare that they were witnessing “unfolding full democracy.” He […]

Zimbabwe’s next leader says post-Mugabe era is ‘full democracy’

by Susan Njanji and Reagan Mashavave Agence France Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe’s incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare on Wednesday that they were witnessing “unfolding full democracy” as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power. It was his first public speech since Mugabe fired him on November 6 over a succession tussle with the former first lady, a move that prompted the military’s […]

Zimbabweans celebrate in S. Africa years after fleeing Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Hundreds of Zimbabweans who fled their homeland for South Africa during the despotic rule of Robert Mugabe took to the streets of Johannesburg to celebrate the resignation of the hated president. Blowing vuvuzelas, waving Zimbabwean flags and stamping their feet, Zimbabweans danced their way through Hillbrow, a cosmopolitan Johannesburg neighborhood with a strong community of African immigrants. “We want to go back home, even tomorrow, even now at night. I’m […]

Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

by Susan Njanji, Fanuel Jongwe, Reagan Mashavave and Ben Sheppard Agence France Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, finally swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover. The move looks set to end Zimbabwe’s worst political crisis since it won independence from Britain in 1980. The bombshell announcement came at a special joint session of parliament convened […]

Teenage suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria mosque

  by Aminu ABUBAKAR with Phil HAZLEWOOD in Lagos Agence France Presse KANO, Nigeria (AFP) — At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the […]

Japan PM welcomes U.S. designation of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday (November 21) welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it would ramp up pressure on Pyongyang. The designation came a week after Trump returned from a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia in which he made containing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his discussions. It allows the United States to […]

Army appeals for calm as Mugabe faces impeachment test

by Susan Njanji and Ben Sheppard Agence France Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe came under increasing pressure to quit Monday as his ruling party said it would move to impeach him and the army revealed his likely successor would soon return to the country. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old president had flouted expectations he would step down after the military’s takeover, pitching the country into a second week […]

Relatives mourn Morocco stampede victims

by Hamza Mekouar © Agence France-Presse ESSAOUIRA, Morocco (AFP) — Mourning relatives on Monday started burying the victims of a stampede that killed 15 women during a food aid delivery near the popular tourist town of Essaouira on Morocco’s coast. “It’s a tragedy,” said the husband of one of the victims, breaking down in tears after burying her. Hundreds of women had gathered on Sunday at a marketplace in the village of Sidi Boulaalam, around 60 kilometres (35 […]

Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

by Susan Njanji © Agence France-Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Robert Mugabe faced the threat of impeachment by his own party on Monday, after his shock insistence he still holds power in Zimbabwe despite a military takeover and a noon deadline to end his 37-year autocratic rule. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations that he would bring the curtain down on his reign, pitching the country into a second week of […]