Africa News

  • Trade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — China's ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of her…

    Associated Press41 mins ago
  • Nigeria toughens currency trading curbs to halt naira fall

    Nigeria's central bank on Friday announced new measures to curb currency speculation as part of an effort to defend the naira which has been hit hard by the collapse in global oil prices. Customers who purchase foreign currency through the interbank market or an authorised trader must use the…

    AFP42 mins ago
  • New suit for Ebola workers promises more comfort, safety

    For health care workers on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, risking their lives in stifling protective suits, relief could soon be on the way. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new-style outfit that is not only more comfortable, but also less likely to…

    AFP
  • 2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed

    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…

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  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack bore the…

    Reuters
  • Rocket in French Guiana launches 4 satellites

    KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — Arianespace has launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will expand telecommunications and Internet services in several continents.

    Associated Press
  • Mozambique offers opposition leader plum $2 mn post

    Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has signed into law a bill granting special status to opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who lost October's presidential elections. Dhlakama lost the presidential election to the ruling Frelimo party's Filipe Nyusi, although he disputes the result, which the…

    AFP
  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive. Immerse yourself in William Boyd’s new action-adventure, Th...

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  • Namibians grab land in midst of housing crisis

    The land grab comes weeks after the ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) won national elections with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote. "We are tired," said Gotthardt Kandume of the Christian Democratic Voice (CDV).

    AFP
  • Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said. Globally,…

    Reuters
  • South Africa dominate with bat before rain

    South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an unbeaten 101 as South Africa piled up 552 for five…

    AFP
  • Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.

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  • U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015. As well as calling for cash for essential humanitarian aid for millions of…

    Reuters
  • Jimmy Carter call US-Cuba diplomacy 'courageous'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he is "proud and grateful" for the president's efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Carter calls the shift in policy "courageous."

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  • Tropical deforestation threatens global food production

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the U.S. Midwest, a study released on Thursday said. By 2050,…

    Reuters
  • At least 28 killed in Central Africa violence

    At least 28 people were killed and dozens were injured in the latest clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic, police said on Thursday. "Violent clashes broke out on Tuesday in the centre of Mbres," an official from the armed police told AFP, adding that the death toll had been…

    AFP
  • Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

    Associated Press