Trump on alleged ‘shithole’ comment: ‘I am not a racist’

President Donald Trump says in the wake of his recent comments about Haiti and African countries that “I am not a racist.” Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of six senators.

Miners dig up one of the biggest diamonds in history

A massive diamond the size of two golf balls and worth an estimated $40 million has been unearthed in Africa, according to reports. The 910-carat gem — the fifth-largest gem quality diamond ever found — came from the Letseng diamond mine in Lesotho, British-based Gem Diamonds tweeted early Monday. “This

Thailand seizes more than $450K worth of elephant tusks

BANGKOK — Thai authorities have seized 326 pounds of African elephant ivory, including three large tusks, worth around 15 million baht ($469,800) from a Bangkok airport. The haul from Nigeria consisted of the tusks and 31 tusk fragments that were seized Jan. 5 after the cargo was flagged by

Trump claims ‘shithole’ slur was made up by Dems

President Trump on Friday shot down reports that he said anything offensive about the people of Haiti, which he reportedly described – along with Africa – as a “shithole.” “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” Trump said about

World leaders, diplomats slam Trump’s ‘shithole’ slur

The s–t has hit the fan. President Trump’s remarks in the White House that African nations and Haiti are “shithole countries” from where the US should not accept immigrants are being met by fierce global condemnation on Friday. The United Nations human rights office said his reported use of the

Blood delivered by drone is saving lives in Rwanda

Drones might be causing privacy concerns in the United States and Europe, but in the East African country of Rwanda, they are a welcome sight in the skies. Through a partnership between drone startup Zipline and the Rwandan health ministry, drone-powered medical supply deliveries are ramping up, and

Civil war pushing South Sudan closer to starvation

JIECH, South Sudan — Writhing in agony on the dirt floor of his hut, Bob Wol traced the recent gunshot wounds on his thigh and back with his fingers. “I was trying to get food and my government tried to kill me,” the 29-year-old told The Associated Press. It’s been

Nigeria say soldiers arrested over 400 people linked to Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children. The two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of Boko Haram fighters in recent months

More than a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in Congo attack

DAKAR, Senegal — Rebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 53 others in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in recent history, officials said Friday. The peacekeepers were mainly from Tanzania. At least five Congolese soldiers also

Family tests positive for HIV after mom keeps diagnosis secret

An HIV diagnosis that a Uganda mom kept secret until she was on her death bed swiftly rocked her entire family’s life, according to a report. While bedridden in 2013, the mother, at the prodding of her family, finally revealed that she had been HIV-positive for at least two

What US soldiers like La David Johnson are doing in Africa

Last month, four American soldiers died in an ambush in Niger, a country few college graduates can locate on a map. Media figures either couldn’t pronounce the name properly or confused it with Nigeria. Inattentive members of Congress expressed surprise at our presence in the country. But our troops

Mugabe addresses nation, refuses to mention resignation

Zimbabwean ruler Robert Mugabe called for reconciliation in his troubled country Sunday night – but refused to resign the seat of power he’s held since 1987. Both Reuters and the Associated Press reported, citing government sources, that Mugabe – under house arrest in an apparent coup – was going

Man declares himself the king of disputed territory in Africa

An Indian man has declared himself the “king” of an unclaimed plot of land in North Africa. Suyash Dixit dubbed Bir Tawil — the 800-square-mile patch of disputed land between Egypt and Sudan — the “Kingdom of Dixit,” according to a post last week on his Facebook page, in

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe under house arrest after military coup

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is being detained by his own military in his home, but is unharmed in the wake of an apparent coup, according to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who said he spoke with the deposed leader by phone Wednesday. Mugabe said he is fine, according to

140 arrested in deadly mob attacks on “vampires’

LILONGWE, Malawi — Deadly mob attacks on people suspected to be “vampires” have led to 140 arrests in Malawi, police said Friday. The situation had spun out of control, the inspector general of police, Lexon Kachama, told The Associated Press. More arrests were expected. Nine people have been killed in the attacks