Africa News

  • Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the…

    Reuters18 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal.…

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • South Africa's Steyn sends West Indies crashing to defeat

    South African fast bowler Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indian batting to send the tourists crashing to a humiliating defeat by an innings and 220 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Saturday. Steyn took six for 34 in Centurion as the West Indies crashed to 131 all…

    AFP
  • Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have…

    Associated Press
  • Falling oil prices worry Algeria

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.

    Associated Press
  • China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbors: Xinhua

    BANGKOK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media reported on Saturday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the offer included $1…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the…

    Associated Press
  • How Syria policy stalled under the 'analyst in chief'

    By David Rohde and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (In Oct. 9 story, corrects paragraph 12 to clarify that size of Obama's National Security Council staff has continued to grow, rather than "has nearly doubled", after the White House clarified numbers it had provided to Reuters. ) Throughout…

    Reuters
  • Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums

    SAO PAULO (AP) — It's white elephant time for World Cup stadiums — again.

    Associated Press
  • Philander the destroyer as West Indies crumble

    Vernon Philander was the main destroyer as the West Indian batting crumbled on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Friday. Philander took four for 29 as the West Indies were bowled out for 201 and forced to follow on, 351 runs behind South Africa's first…

    AFP
  • Nine migrants drown off the coast of Morocco

    MADRID (Reuters) - Moroccan rescue teams recovered the bodies of nine migrants who drowned off the coast of Tangier and rescued another 21 who were trying to reach Spain on a small craft, Spanish authorities said on Friday. Three infants were among the dead, Spanish media said. Tens of thousands of…

    Reuters
  • UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of humankind" amid an epidemic that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.

    Associated Press
  • Nigerian peacekeeper cured of Ebola in Netherlands

    A Nigerian UN peacekeeper infected with Ebola and brought to the Netherlands for treatment has been cured, the Dutch authorities said on Friday. "The Nigerian patient who was admitted on December 6 has been cured of Ebola," the Dutch public health institute RIVM said in a statement. He was flown…

    AFP
  • Madagascar leader, ex-presidents in reconciliation talks

    Madagascar's president and four of his predecessors met for the first time Friday in a bid to foster a national reconciliation process in the Indian Ocean island blighted by political crises. The details of the closed-door talks being held at the behest of the Malagasy Christian Council of…

    AFP
  • IS group threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage

    A French-speaking jihadist threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths. The threat was made in a video AFP obtained from a Salafist cleric, Wissam al-Masri, who is…

    AFP
  • Ecclestone trying to revive South African GP

    MOSCOW (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is working to return South Africa to the schedule.

    Associated Press
  • Trade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Trade between China and Mozambique increased to nearly $3 billion this year, said China's ambassador.

    Associated Press