Africa News

  • Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city

    By Chris Mfula and Aaron Ross LUSAKA/KINSHASA (Reuters) - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption. It's not quite…

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  • Nigeria votes for new FA bosses to end leadership tussle

    Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's embattled football association on Tuesday elects a new president and executive committee, hoping to draw a line under a leadership struggle that took the country to the brink of a FIFA ban.

  • Chinese athletes set to shine at Asian Games

    Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - Chinese athletes aim to show their class in the Asian Games track and field on Tuesday after a row over talented imported from Africa.

  • Malema trial puts focus on corruption in South Africa

    Cape Town (AFP) - Allegations of sleaze among top South African politicians come into sharp and ironic focus on Tuesday as the country's most vociferous anti-graft campaigner goes on trial -- for corruption.

  • Lesotho police investigate own officers over coup killing

    Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) - Lesotho's police force is investigating some of its own officers for their possible role in an attempted military coup that left one policeman dead, senior commissioners have told AFP.

  • Air France flies to Ebola-hit Guinea out of 'solidarity': Hollande

    Paris (AFP) - Air France is maintaining its flights to Ebola-hit Guinea as a sign of France's "solidarity", President Francois Hollande said Monday as he hosted a visit by Guinea's President Alpha Conde.

  • Ebola screening for ships' crews in West Africa's biggest port

    Lagos (AFP) - Sand is unloaded from the vast hold of the Pintail cargo ship into waiting trucks at the port of Apapa in Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos.

  • With wheelchairs, walking sticks, pilgrims throng Mecca for hajj

    Mecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Their backs hunched, elderly Muslim pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Mecca's Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the holy Kaaba.

  • Jailed sick Burundi rights chief released on bail: lawyer

    Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - A Burundi court released a sick human rights activist from prison on medical grounds on Monday, but charges of endangering national security remain.

  • South Africa: Alleged poaching ringleader held

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A pilot, a lawyer, a police officer and other South African members of an alleged poaching ring accused of killing two dozen rhinos over several years appeared Monday in a court in Pretoria, South Africa's capital.

    Associated Press
  • Germany unable to meet NATO readiness target

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's military is unable to meet its medium-term readiness target should NATO call on its members to mobilize against an attack, officials said Monday.

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  • Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply…

    Associated Press
  • Record 3,072 migrants 'killed crossing Mediterranean in 2014'

    Geneva (AFP) - More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organisation for Migration said Monday.

  • Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) - Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West's energy watchdog, said on Monday. IEA Reports said solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate…

  • World Cup winner White quits as Sharks rugby coach

    Durban (South Africa) (AFP) - World Cup-winning coach Jake White quit as rugby director of Coastal Sharks Monday, the Super 15 franchise said in a statement.

  • Marcel Granollers beats David Ferrer at Japan Open

    TOKYO (AP) — Marcel Granollers of Spain rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Monday and advance to the second round of the Japan Open.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters wearing masks and wielding umbrellas to protect against pepper spray and tear gas expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian…

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