Africa

Dozens killed in massacre in eastern Congo; pregnant women among victims

(Reuters) – Up to 37 people including women and children were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern province of South Kivu on Saturday in an attack that government officials blamed on a dispute over cattle. The victims, who included several pregnant women, had been shot, stabbed or burned inside their homes. A Reuters cameraman on the scene in the village of Mutarule counted 37 bodies, some of them lying inside a village church. Residents […]

Nigeria bomb kills at least 14 at northeast football TV showing

(Reuters) – A bomb blast targeting a television viewing center for football in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people and wounded 12 on Sunday, police and the military said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in Gavan in the Mubi area of Adamawa state. Islamist militant group Boko Haram, whose struggle for an Islamic state is concentrated in the Northeast, would be the prime suspect. “So far we have 14 […]

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

DUBAI Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:31pm EDT (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program. “Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200 kilogram stock of uranium diluted and the other half converted to uranium oxide,” Iran’s […]

Bomb blast in Cairo kills police officer: Egyptian state media

CAIRO Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:05pm EDT (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in a Cairo square late on Friday, killing one police officer and wounding another, the Egyptian state newspaper Al Ahram reported on its website. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Since the army toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on members of the security forces, killing hundreds. On Tuesday, […]

U.S. says Syria government mostly to blame for hindered aid

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:48pm EDT (Reuters) – A U.N. report on how Syria’s neediest civilians are often not accessible to humanitarian relief workers makes it clear that the government of President Bashar al-Assad shoulders most of the blame, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. A month after the 15-member U.N. Security Council achieved rare consensus to approve a resolution demanding rapid, safe and unhindered aid access in Syria, including […]