Africa News

  • Congo ruling party officials behind demo attack: rights body HRW

    By Makini Brice DAKAR (Reuters) - Rights campaigners accused police and ruling party officials in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday of recruiting thugs to attack a peaceful opposition rally last month in which more than a dozen protesters were injured. Tensions are high in Congo, where the…

  • Captaincy no curse so far for South Africa halfback Du Preez

    LONDON (AP) — Fourie du Preez would enjoy the cut and thrust of leading South Africa even more at the Rugby World Cup if he could leave the captaincy duties on the pitch.

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  • Do or die for Scotland, says Denton

    Scotland are preparing for a Samoan backlash, according to backrower Dave Denton, with the outcome of the clash dictating if the Scots stay in contention. Samoa have been stung by a disappointing World Cup and already have their tickets home booked after Saturday's final Pool B match. "For a lot…

  • Trump's bluster is heard around the world

    BALMEDIE, Scotland (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is well known in this serene coastal section of Scotland, where shimmering, golden sand dunes meet the ice-blue North Sea and people play on his golf course. He's known in the Himalayas, too, far from any sign with his name…

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  • Nigeria Senate names 20 nominees for president's new Cabinet

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Senate announced 20 nominees for the Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, representing all regions of this West African nation but only three women in a team expected to fight endemic corruption.

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  • S.Africa's Zuma pushes universities to reform on race

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma warned Tuesday there was "much more to be done" to bring racial equality to universities after a series of angry protests over colonial statues and lectures in Afrikaans. The unrest kicked off in March at the University of Cape Town (UCT) when students threw…

  • Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday.

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  • Russia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria

    NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy (AP) — Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure that the two countries' aircraft don't interfere with each other over Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

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  • Pistorius family: Oscar's rights being undermined

    SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' family criticized South African authorities on Tuesday for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being "undermined" because of the publicity surrounding his case.

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  • More than 114,000 flee Yemen war: UN

    More than 114,000 people have fled war-torn Yemen, and the figure could reach at least 200,000 by the end of 2016, aid officials said Tuesday. Fighting escalated in March when Saudi-led airstrikes began targeting Yemen's Huthi rebels to defend embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. "Close to…

  • How to Double Your Money Every Four Years

    In a recent study, a group of University professors show how 539 individual investors were able to consistently double their money every 3.5 years.

  • All Blacks working overtime on scrums

    All Blacks prop Ben Franks says they are putting extra effort into scrum training as they head towards the World Cup play-offs, after being taught a lesson by Georgia. "Our trainings are some of the hardest trainings in my time in the All Blacks," said Franks, who has played 44 Tests since 2008…

  • Convert Burgess out of England's last World Cup game

    England captain Chris Robshaw acknowledged doubts about his future Tuesday amid mass changes for the final match of the hosts disastrous World Cup campaign. Rugby League convert Sam Burgess did not even get a place among the replacements for the Pool A game against Uruguay at Manchester on…

  • IMF says Iran nuclear deal to boost Mideast economy

    Iran's landmark nuclear deal will lift economic growth in the war-plagued Middle East next year as the rolling back of sanctions brings a rebound in oil exports, the IMF said Tuesday. "The lifting of sanctions... should allow for a recovery in oil production and exports," it added, while…

  • Sub-Saharan African growth to slow to 3.8% in 2015: IMF

    After enjoying boom years, sub-Saharan Africa's commodity exporting economies face a grim 2015 as China's once-voracious appetite for raw materials wanes, the IMF warned Tuesday. Activity may gather pace next year, however, as oil prices recover, the International Monetary Fund said in its closely…

  • Turkey urges EU action on Syria to end migrant crisis

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the EU consider a no-fly zone and safe haven area in Syria during talks to address Europe's spiralling migrant crisis. Speaking after the discussions in Brussels, Erdogan said Turkey was bearing the brunt of the crisis and pressed the bloc to act…

  • Crowd trouble sparks calls to drop Cuttack as cricket venue

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Serious crowd trouble that twice interrupted India's Twenty20 match against South Africa has sparked calls from former test captains Sunil Gavaskar and Bishan Singh Bedi for Cuttack to be dropped as an international cricket venue.

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  • Fullback Folau doubtful for Australia's RWC match vs Wales

    LONDON (AP) — Israel Folau's ankle injury is causing concern for the Wallabies and could jeopardize his chances of lining up for the Pool A decider against Wales at the Rugby World Cup.

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