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‘Most Dangerous City in World’ Showing Hopeful Signs

‘Most Dangerous City in World’ Showing Hopeful Signs

The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — The battle-scarred capital of Somalia has long been called the “most dangerous city in the world,” but after more than two decades of war and lawlessness, there is evidence it might…

Egypt’s High Court Suspends Work as Protesters Threaten Justices

Egypt’s High Court Suspends Work as Protesters Threaten Justices

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — The Egyptian Supreme Court suspended its work Sunday after thousands of supporters of President Mohammed Morsi surrounded the court and prevented the justices and staff from entering and ruling on the leader’s recent de…

UK Suspending Aid to Rwanda Amid UN Concerns

UK Suspending Aid to Rwanda Amid UN Concerns

Ingram Publishing(LONDON) — Britain is blocking monetary aid to Rwanda after nearly 20 years as one of the African country’s largest foreign donors.The decision to withhold a $33.7 million aid package came after the United Nations raised concerns that…

More Judges Speak Out Against Egyptian President

More Judges Speak Out Against Egyptian President

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — They’re not exactly demonstrating in the streets, but a handful of Egyptians still struck another blow on Wednesday against what critics say is President Mohammed Morsi’s attempt to consolidate power.Morsi’s move last week to…

US Encouraged by Egyptian President’s Talks with Judiciary

US Encouraged by Egyptian President’s Talks with Judiciary

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department said there were indications Monday that Egypt was working to resolve its current crisis stemming from President Mohammed Morsi’s decision last week to assume sweeping powers that led to riots through…

Groups Call on US Government to Help Protect African Lions

Groups Call on US Government to Help Protect African Lions

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As strange as it may sound, the African lion might qualify for protection under the United States’ Endangered Species Act.Various groups looking out for the welfare of this animal say that there are now only 35,00…

US Sends Top Africa Diplomat for Congo Peace Talks

US Sends Top Africa Diplomat for Congo Peace Talks

U.S. Africa Command photo by Vince Crawley(WASHINGTON) — White House and State Department officials confirmed that the Obama administration has dispatched the top U.S. diplomat for Africa, Johnny Carson, to Central Africa this weekend to help negotiat…

Egyptians Protest Presidential Decree

Egyptians Protest Presidential Decree

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — The birthplace of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Tahrir Square, was filled once again on Sunday with protesters calling for the downfall of another Egyptian president.For the third straight day, activists opposed to President…

NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Offers Africa’s Children a New Start

NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Offers Africa’s Children a New Start

ABC News(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) — “NBA, we are coming! Africa, we are happy,” cheered the 60 boys selected from 20 countries across Africa, ranging from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast, and flown to Johannesburg for an opportunity of a lifetime.Baske…

Dozens of Children Killed After Train Collides with School Bus in Egypt

Dozens of Children Killed After Train Collides with School Bus in Egypt

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — Egyptian authorities say that barriers were not down at the site where a train collided with a school bus on its way to kindergarten class last Saturday.Fifty-one people, nearly all of them children, were killed in the …

US Clarifies Stance on Israel/Hamas Conflict, Egypt’s Role

US Clarifies Stance on Israel/Hamas Conflict, Egypt’s Role

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland reiterated at Friday’s briefing the United States’ position that Israel has the right to defend itself, but that the U.S. also wants to see an end to M…

New Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

New Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Hemera/Thinkstock(KAMPALA) – ABC News has learned of reports of a new Ebola outbreak in Uganda, not far from the capital of Kampala.The country’s Ministry of Health released a statement Thursday morning, saying that two family members from …

$2M Diamond Dinner Lands Smuggler in Jail

$2M Diamond Dinner Lands Smuggler in Jail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JOHANNESBURG) — A tip prompted South African police to run a scan on a Lebanese traveler flying out of the country, where they found 220 polished diamonds in his stomach.The 25-year-old traveler, who was not immediately identifi…

David Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

David Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In late October, former CIA Director David Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.While in …

Art Thieves in South Africa Toss Most Valuable Piece

Art Thieves in South Africa Toss Most Valuable Piece

Comstock/Thinkstock(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Art thieves who apparently weren’t art lovers robbed the Pretoria Art Museum of five paintings worth more than $2 million.  But they tossed a sixth work — the most valuable piece in their haul …

Kenyan Village Cheers Obama Victory as ‘More Meaningful’ Than the First

Kenyan Village Cheers Obama Victory as ‘More Meaningful’ Than the First

TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images(KOGELO, Kenya) – Toward the end of an all-night election dance party in this rural village that claims President Barack Obama as a “son of the land,” an exhausted crowd sat shivering under shawls and blan…

Obama Calls McCain’s Allegation of Benghazi Cover-Up ‘Nonsense’

Obama Calls McCain’s Allegation of Benghazi Cover-Up ‘Nonsense’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Tuesday rebuffed as “nonsense” the insinuation by Sen. John McCain and other Republicans that the administration had engaged in a “cover-up” of botched security pla…

All-Night Election-Watch Party in Obama’s Ancestral Village

All-Night Election-Watch Party in Obama’s Ancestral Village

TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images(KOGELO, Kenya) – The people of this typically sleepy village in rural western Kenya who call President Obama their “favorite son” know this will probably be the last party like this in their lifetime, so …

Libyan Police Reportedly Scouted US Consulate Before Attack

Libyan Police Reportedly Scouted US Consulate Before Attack

STR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — There is mounting evidence that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was an inside job, based on a draft letter reported by ForeignPolicy.com, a Washington Post company.According to the website…

New Detailed Account of Benghazi Attack Notes CIA’s Quick Response

New Detailed Account of Benghazi Attack Notes CIA’s Quick Response

STR/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — Intelligence officials have disclosed a new detailed timeline of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, acknowledging the CIA played a greater role in responding to the attack than has previously been discl…

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