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Pope Francis urged leaders from more than 130 countries to "open a horizon of hope" as he celebrated his first Mass on Tuesday as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Thousands thronged St. Peter's Square to cheer the new pontiff.
The U.S. ambassador in Zimbabwe fears the troubled southern African nation will face another stolen election this year because the ruling party appears to have no desire to allow a free and fair vote.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released Wednesday from a hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed, a government spokesman said. But the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon will continue to receive medical care at home.
Islamists who control northern Mali say they pushed the secular Tuareg rebels out of the town of Lere, in the northwest of the country near Mauritania.
A Zimbabwean court has ordered a breakaway Anglican bishop to return church property he seized after his excommunication in 2007.
At least $2 billion worth of diamonds have been stolen from Zimbabwe's eastern diamond fields and have enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling circle, international gem dealers and criminals, according to an organization leading the campaign against conflict diamonds.
African leaders joined thousands of Ugandans on Tuesday on an airstrip in the capital of Kampala, where 50 years ago Uganda announced its independence from British rule.
U.S. Ambassador Pamela White was personally exposed to the violent unrest that has swept Haiti for months when she accompanied President Michel Martelly to a coastal town to dedicate a new road financed by U.S. aid funds.
Barack Obama doesn't like the word "terror" and its derivatives. Hence we discuss "overseas contingency operations" instead of the "war on terror," and we are reluctant to call the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, what it was: a terrorist act.
Gunmen killed eight police and soldiers in Iraq Sunday, police said, the latest onslaught meant to undermine the Baghdad government.
The rumors started to swirl around Ghana in June: President John Atta Mills was ill, maybe too sick to seek re-election, and he was going abroad to seek medical treatment.
A former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. is blaming President Obama for doing what many would think impossible: Tanking relations with America's northern neighbor and largest trading partner.
A surgeon said a 3-year-old South African girl who received a cloned skin transplant is likely to be discharged from the hospital next week.
JOHANNESBURG | Speculation about the failing health of Zimbabwe's president has dominated local newspapers for weeks, raising questions about who would succeed the 88-year-old dictator.
Gil Noble, the longtime host of WABC-TV's groundbreaking public affairs program "Like It Is," on which he interviewed such notables as Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Jesse Jackson, died Thursday at age 80.
"Today amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others," he said. "To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope, it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds."
"We are concerned by the deployment of Zimbabwe Defense Forces throughout the country on nominal 'administrative service' duty who may seek to influence how community will vote," he told the Zimbabwe Mail newspaper in an interview published Friday.