Africa News

  • U.S. pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola; experts say more needed

    By James Harding Giahyue and Tom Miles MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, with an unprecedented mission to build treatment clinics and train health…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • US says 'close combat advisors' could battle jihadists

    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said Tuesday.

    AFP33 mins ago
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to…

    Associated Press44 mins ago
  • Ebola fight will cost $1.0bn, 20,000 cases on horizon: UN

    Geneva (AFP) - Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that 20,000 could be infected by year end.

    AFP
  • Hunger is falling, but climate and conflict threaten progress: report

    By Chris Arsenault LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land redistribution in Brazil, community gardens in Indonesia, and rising incomes across much of the developing world have helped end hunger for 100 million people in the last decade, new research shows. Globally, an estimated 209 million…

    Reuters
  • India should be more proactive on Tibet: Dalai Lama aide on eve of China Xi visit

    By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India should be more proactive when it comes to the issue of Tibetan autonomy, an aide to the Dalai Lama said, after the spiritual leader was asked to reschedule an event to avoid it clashing with Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to India. Tempa Tsering,…

    Reuters
  • South Africa sends murder suspect to Botswana

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Human rights lawyers on Tuesday pressed South Africa to explain why a murder suspect from Botswana was illegally deported to his country, where he could be executed if convicted.

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  • AP names Maya Alleruzzo Mideast photo editor

    CAIRO (AP) — Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press.

    Associated Press
  • Top seed Radwanska wins Korea Open opener

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland began her title defense in comfortable fashion by beating Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3 in the Korea Open on Tuesday.

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  • UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

    GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

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  • Woman survives 4 days after Nigeria building falls

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said.

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  • Liberia must wait weeks or months for new Ebola centers: WHO

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola response in Liberia, the country worst hit by the outbreak, will focus on community-level care units since new treatment centers are unlikely to be ready for weeks or months, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said on Tuesday. "The…

    Reuters
  • Ebola cases may be kept within tens of thousands, WHO says

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases, United Nations officials said on Tuesday. The virus has killed 2,461 people, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus, and the toll has…

    Reuters
  • More children live to age 5, work still to be done

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

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  • Nobel laureates appeal to South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of Nobel peace laureates has appealed to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month.

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  • Captain Clarke ruled out of ODI series vs Pakistan

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the limited-overs cricket series against Pakistan next month due to a hamstring injury that forced him home early from a recent series in Zimbabwe.

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  • Lesotho brings forward vote to ease political crisis

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lesotho will hold elections earlier than scheduled in 2017, in an effort to ease a political crisis that resulted in an apparent coup last month, southern African regional leaders said on Tuesday. Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa at the end of…

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  • China ups its medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to 174

    Geneva (AFP) - China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN said Tuesday.

    AFP