Africa News

  • Lesotho heading for coalition government in post-'coup' vote

    Lesotho appeared to be heading for a coalition government on Monday following a snap parliamentary election aimed at bringing stability to the tiny southern African kingdom following an alleged coup attempt. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's party were in the lead with 95 percent of constituencies…

    AFP37 mins ago
  • New African news agency launched in South Africa

    A news agency describing itself as Africa's "first syndicated multimedia content service", has been launched by a group of leading African entrepreneurs, the agency said Monday. With an initial investment of $20 million and staff in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg the African News Agency…

    AFP55 mins ago
  • Boko Haram video shows 2 beheaded men accused of spying

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The latest video from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremist group shows the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying, and copies some of the hallmarks of propaganda from the Islamic State group.

    Associated Press57 mins ago
  • Outgoing Namibian president wins $5 million Africa leadership prize

    By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Namibia's outgoing president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation's $5 million African leadership prize, an award meant to recognize good governance that had been presented only three times before in eight years. "His ability to command the…

    Reuters
  • South Africa: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in Cape Town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain was engulfed by an orange blaze Monday, blowing thick smoke to the city below, as a wildfire burned across the city's southern peninsula, destroying at least five homes and thousands of acres of rare plants.

    Associated Press
  • Raging wildfires destroy homes, hotel near Cape Town

    Five houses and an upmarket hotel were destroyed and dozens of people evacuated from their homes as wildfires raged through Cape Town's scenic southern peninsula, firefighters said Monday. Fanned by strong winds and high temperatures, the fires stretch over some 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of the…

    AFP
  • Tanzania albinos decry politicians as police halt protest over killings

    By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzanian police banned a demonstration on Monday to protest against attacks and murders of albinos, fuelling concerns that authorities are not committed to ending violence against albinos whose body parts are highly valued in…

    Reuters
  • Namibia leader wins $5m Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

    Namibia's outgoing president was on Monday named winner of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for "good governance" in Africa, the world's richest award that has seen a dearth of worthy candidates. Hifikepunye Pohamba, 79, is only the fourth winner of the $5 million annual prize, launched in 2007 with the aim…

    AFP
  • Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

    By Kyle Plantz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say. The annual rate of deforestation from 1990…

    Reuters
  • Namibian president wins African leadership prize

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011.

    Associated Press
  • Insight: Why Nigeria's restive oil region will only accept Jonathan

    By Tim Cocks OTUOKE, Nigeria (Reuters) - The most impressive building in Otuoke, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's home town in the oil producing Niger Delta, is the multi-storey mansion complex he has built for himself and close family while in office. "We haven't really seen much benefit…

    Reuters
  • De Villiers looms large for Ireland in Cricket World Cup clash

    Ireland go into Tuesday's World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for. How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before he destroys the rivals' bowling attack, dents their morale and leaves them…

    AFP
  • French firm sets up fund to boost energy access in Africa

    Electrical equipment giant Schneider has set up a fund to finance projects aimed at boosting access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa, the French group said Monday. Some "625 million inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity," Schneider said in a statement announcing the…

    AFP
  • UN report: Libya's flow of weapons needs tighter controls

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says Libya's ability to prevent the flow of weapons into and out of the chaotic country is "almost nonexistent," and it calls for the tightening of an arms embargo that the government says must be loosened so it can defend itself.

    Associated Press
  • De Villiers expected to score big against Irish in World Cup

    Preview: South Africa vs Ireland, Canberra

    Associated Press
  • Japanese firm behind Ebola drug says tests offer 'hope'

    The Japanese company behind an experimental Ebola treatment says it offers new hope for thousands of people infected with the deadly virus in west Africa, but acknowledged it is "not a miracle drug". In their first comments to media since the release of early clinical trials last week, executives…

    AFP
  • Party of Lesotho's prime minister ahead in election results

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The party of Lesotho's prime minister on Sunday led in initial results from an election in the mountain kingdom, which held an early vote in an attempt to overcome tension among political factions.

    Associated Press