Africa News

  • South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Emergency services say a man drowned when a large wave hit a Durban beach in South Africa.

    Associated Press22 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 2:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury over the…

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • Madagascar's former president under house arrest

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Madagascar's former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury over the…

    Associated Press
  • Migrant baby named after Italian medics who delivered him

    A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the Italian navy has been baptised Testimony Salvatore in honour of the medics who delivered him. Described as a trafficking "superboss" and named as Ahmed Mohamed Farrag Hanafi, the…

    AFP
  • Toure close to fourth straight African award

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure moved closer to a record fourth consecutive African Footballer of the Year title on Friday when he was included in a three-man shortlist.

    AFP
  • Trade and tension at Europe's troubled African borders

    Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers on his weakened legs as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair. He is one of thousands of Moroccans toiling for a living in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla -- two tiny specks of Europe at the…

    AFP
  • Uganda says it will pull troops out of South Sudan only if Juba secured

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Uganda's president said on Friday he would pull troops out of South Sudan only if regional forces secured its capital Juba from rebel attack, as fighting in the world's newest state dragged on into a second year. Yoweri Museveni, who backed South Sudan's…

    Reuters
  • Ebola death toll rises to 7,693: WHO

    The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has risen to 7,693 out of 19,695 cases recorded, the World Health Organization said Friday. The previous toll released December 22 stood at 7,518 fatalities out of 19,340 infected in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Sierra Leone, which has…

    AFP
  • Arrested Madagascar's ex-president Ravalomanana moved home

    Former president Marc Ravalomanana is being allowed to serve his house arrest at his own home, Madagascar's government said Friday. Ravalomanana, ousted in a 2009 coup, had been held under house arrest in the northern town of Antsiranana (also known as Diego Suarez) since returning from exile in…

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The devastating…

    Associated Press
  • On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.

    Associated Press
  • Journalists share indelible memories, images from tsunami

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP…

    Associated Press
  • Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were held across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.

    Associated Press
  • Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus 'corps'

    London (AFP) - Europe will be "vulnerable" if it does not regard viruses as a "national security issue" like the United States, the microbiologist who discovered Ebola said in an interview published Friday.

    AFP
  • Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

    Pope Francis on Thursday roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others. His second traditional "urbi et orbi" message (to the city and to the world) comes at the close of a…

    AFP
  • UK queen calls for harmony in Christmas message

    SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast Thursday to call for reconciliation throughout the United Kingdom and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

    Associated Press