Arrested Cameroon opposition leader faces 8 charges
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The lawyer for Cameroon's arrested main opposition leader says he now faces eight charges including sedition, insurrection and inciting violence.
Christopher Ndong told The Associated Press Thursday that Maurice Kamto also faces charges that include hostility against the fatherland and disruption of peace. If he is found guilty, he could face five years to life in prison.
Cameroon authorities arrest opposition leader in crackdown
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international rights group says Cameroonian authorities have arrested a top opposition leader and four of his supporters after they called for nationwide protests.
Amnesty International on Tuesday said the arrests of Maurice Kamto and others on Monday signal an escalating government crackdown in Cameroon on opposition leaders, human rights defenders and activists. It called for their immediate and unconditional release.
Cameroon leader halts cases against 289 alleged separatists
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's leader has ordered the country's military tribunal to stop legal proceedings against 289 people accused of taking part in the country's separatist movement in its English-speaking regions.
Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, secretary general at the presidency, did not say who would be freed in making the announcement late Thursday. He said President Paul Biya had "listened to the people" in making his decision to "maintain the country as a peace heaven."
Cameroon’s leader sworn in for 7th term amid rising unrest
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's President Paul Biya, sub-Saharan Africa's oldest leader, was inaugurated Tuesday for his seventh term in office amid rising separatist unrest.
The 85-year-old Biya, who has been in power since 1982, was sworn in days after separatists allegedly kidnapped dozens of students and an American missionary was fatally shot as soldiers and separatists exchanged gunfire.
Cameroon arrests 20 presidential election protesters
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroonian authorities have arrested 20 people who were protesting an election they allege was stolen by long-serving President Paul Biya.
The protesters claim Maurice Kamto, the flag bearer of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party, won the Oct. 7 presidential election.
Biya, who has led the country since 1982, is to be sworn into office Tuesday for a seventh term. Kamto's supporters say they plan to disrupt the event.
Cameroon police arrest dozens amid anti-government protests
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — An official in Cameroon says anti-riot police have arrested at least two dozen people who staged peaceful protests Saturday against the re-election of President Paul Biya.
Territorial administration minister Paul Atanga Nji said among the arrested is a lawyer who represented opposition candidate Maurice Kamto who said he won the Oct. 7 election.
Fighting between Cameroon military, separatists kills ‘many’
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military on Thursday said "many have been killed" in fighting with Anglophone separatists after launching attacks the day after President Paul Biya was declared the winner of a seventh term.
Biya has called the separatists "terrorists," and fighting since last year has killed hundreds of people.
Cameroon’s Biya easily wins 7th term; low Anglophone turnout
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Africa's oldest president, Cameroon's Paul Biya, easily won a seventh term on Monday after a Constitutional Council that he appointed rejected all legal challenges to the election. The United States noted irregularities that "may not have affected the outcome but created an impression that the election was not credible or genuinely free and fair."
Cameroon still awaiting presidential election results
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon continues to wait for results of Sunday's presidential election in which Africa's oldest leader is widely expected to win.
Members of the Constitutional Council on Wednesday deliberated on incoming election results and heard complaints from lawyers for opposition parties.
While opposition leader Maurice Kamto has claimed victory, only the council can legally announce the winner. Official results must be announced by Oct. 22.
Cameroon opposition leader claims victory; results not given
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — As Cameroon electoral workers counted votes, an opposition candidate proclaimed himself the victor of the nation's election, despite warnings from the electoral commission that only the Constitutional Council can legally announce the winner of the presidential race.
Cameroon Renaissance Movement party candidate Maurice Kamto on Monday made the announcement in Yaounde, a day after the vote.
Cameroon polls close, vote counting begins in key election
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Polls closed in Cameroon Sunday evening and vote counting began in an election that will likely see Africa's oldest leader win another term amid fighting and threats from separatists that prevented residents in English-speaking regions from voting.
‘They may kill you’: Cameroon faces election under threat
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Rudulf Arrey ventured out for a campaign rally the other day in Cameroon, knowing the simple act of civic curiosity could kill him.
Separatists who declared an English-speaking state have threatened people who wander the streets, and so have government security forces who try to maintain order, the 24-year-old in Mamfe town in the Southwest region told The Associated Press.
Boko Haram has been repelled, Cameroon’s leader declares
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's president says Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group four years ago.
Cameroon Anglophone separatists block regional capital
AKUM, Cameroon (AP) — Armed Anglophone separatists burned buses and blocked traffic into and out of the capital of the English-speaking northwest region, Cameroon's military said Sunday, and it deployed additional troops.
Women protest abuses in Cameroon Anglophone separatist fight
BAMENDA, Cameroon (AP) — Hundreds of women gathered for an angry protest in Cameroon on Friday against abuses committed in months of fighting between the government and Anglophone separatists.
With some singing, weeping, crying out or praying, the women described the rapes of their daughters and killings of family members as civilians are caught in the crossfire. Nearly 200,000 people have fled.
Video shows Cameroon’s soldiers shooting cowering civilians
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A "horrifying" video circulating on social media shows Cameroon's security forces shooting at least a dozen unarmed civilians during a counterterror operation in the Far North region, Amnesty International said Friday, and Cameroon said seven soldiers had been arrested.
It follows another video in July that the rights group said showed Cameroonian forces shooting two women with small children strapped to their backs as suspected Boko Haram extremists.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's election commission says more than 20 candidates have registered to run against longtime President Paul Biya in October elections.
Opposition parties earlier this year discussed collectively backing Akere Muna, a prominent lawyer who specializes in fighting corruption, but now he is running only for his People's Development Front party.
The decision to not form an opposition coalition likely will cement Biya's win in the Oct. 7 vote.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Violent tensions between Cameroon's government and Anglophone separatists have forced more than 180,000 people from their homes since December, Human Rights Watch said Thursday in a new report that blames both sides for "grave abuses" against civilians.
Warnings about Cameroon's crisis are growing as the Central African nation faces an October election in which 85-year-old President Paul Biya, in power since 1982, says he will run again.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's president, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, announced Friday he will run again in October's election, while growing tensions with Anglophone separatists exploded in an ambush on a delegation led by the country's defense minister.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The Latest on Cameroon (all times local):
Cameroon's president, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, says he will run again in October's election.
The 85-year-old President Paul Biya has been in power since 1982. He oversees an increasingly restive Central African nation that faces an Anglophone separatist movement and the threat from Boko Haram extremists crossing the border from Nigeria.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military on Thursday denied its soldiers were involved in a video that appears to show women with small children being blindfolded and shot dead as suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's national day Sunday was marked by violence in its troubled English-speaking region, with two policemen killed, soldiers wounded and a mayor kidnapped by suspected armed separatists.
In the capital, Yaounde, in central Cameroon, President Paul Biya, who has ruled since 1982, presided over a public show of the country's military might.
Daughter of prof detained in Cameroon tells him not to worry
The 8-year-old daughter of a U.S. literature professor held in Cameroon on allegations he threatened government officials has written to her father, saying his family is proud of him and not to worry if he misses Christmas or her birthday.
Writer detained in Cameroon accused of insulting president
NEW YORK (AP) — A Cameroonian-American writer detained as he tried to leave the Central African nation is facing charges over writings critical of its government, and family and friends are calling for public support in a campaign for his release.
After Mugabe, Africa’s other longtime leaders feel a chill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — After the stunning fall of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, attention has turned to other longtime African leaders accused of trying to extend their rule.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's sudden move last week to decorate over 300 army officers in a rare mass promotion suggested the jolt of realization across the continent: If Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, could be forced from power by the military, perhaps anyone can.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Amnesty International says authorities in Cameroon have shut down a news conference where the rights group planned to discuss the plight of three students sentenced to a decade in prison over a Boko Haram joke.
The organization had planned to present more than 310,000 letters and signatures in support of the students, who had shared a joke about the extremist group in a text message.
Cameroon helicopter crashes, killing general and 5 others
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Authorities in Cameroon say a helicopter fighting the Boko Haram insurgency has crashed on the border with Nigeria, killing six people including the commander of this central African nation's troops.
Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the far north region of Cameroon, confirmed that Gen. Jacob Kodji died Sunday evening near the village of Bogo while on an inspection mission. Three other top officials and two crew members also died.
Cameroon train crash kills more than 70, injures 600
ESEKA, Cameroon (AP) — Authorities in Cameroon rushed more than 600 injured people to hospitals in the country's two main cities Saturday in an effort to save lives a day after an overcrowded train derailed, killing more than 70 people.