South African prototype may solve solar power problem
Science / Technology

South African prototype may solve solar power problem

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped Internet giant Google. The Helio100 project, based at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province, is a cost-effective heliostat that harnesses solar power to generate electricity. A heliostat uses mirrors or lenses to reflect sunlight, … Continue reading

4 killed in apparent revenge attack in Burundi capital
International News / Politics

4 killed in apparent revenge attack in Burundi capital

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Four people were killed Tuesday night in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura as violence persisted following the controversial re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The four friends were shot in a bar, an apparent revenge attack against members of the ruling party, said witnesses in the volatile neighborhood of Musaga. Musaga resident … Continue reading

Somalia soldier, 4 militants killed in training site attack
Africa / International News

Somalia soldier, 4 militants killed in training site attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali soldier and four militants were killed Sunday as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said. The attack started with a suicide car bombing outside the intelligence school, which killed two attackers and a soldier, police Capt. … Continue reading

South African court puts restrictions on Sudan’s president
Africa / International News

South African court puts restrictions on Sudan’s president

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge on Sunday ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was in South Africa for an African Union summit, from leaving the country because of an international order for his arrest. Sudanese officials, however, said al-Bashir had been assured by the South African government that he would … Continue reading

Reporter needles Angola’s power elite from his kitchen table
Africa / International News

Reporter needles Angola’s power elite from his kitchen table

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Often writing at his kitchen table, Rafael Marques de Morais, a journalist and human rights advocate, needles Angola’s ruling establishment with reports on alleged wrongdoing by officials, military figures and business executives. A rare voice of criticism in this southern African country, he is often in trouble. Last month, for instance, Marques … Continue reading

Burundi panel proposes July 15 for presidential vote
Africa / International News

Burundi panel proposes July 15 for presidential vote

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s electoral commission proposed Monday that a presidential election be held July 15 in the Central African nation despite persistent violence over the president’s disputed bid for a third term. Gunfire rang out Monday as heavily armed police in Bujumbura, the capital, surrounded some neighborhoods in a bid to stop protesters … Continue reading