Africa News

  • Islamic State opens new anti-U.S. front with beheading video

    On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack…

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  • Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

    Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the deadly disease, while new suspected cases in Asia sparked fears of it spreading from Africa. The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world are scrambling to stem the…

    AFP
  • WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.

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  • Juan Smith to make test return for South Africa

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Flanker Juan Smith will return to test rugby with South Africa 18 months after being forced to retire because of a chronic ankle injury and nearly four years after his last international.

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  • Switzerland goalie Benaglio quits national team

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio announced he had retired from international football on Wednesday aged 30.

    Associated Press
  • Adversaries seize chance to lecture U.S. on Ferguson unrest

    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Governments scolded by the United States over their human rights records have seized on racial unrest and a police crackdown in the Missouri town of Ferguson to wag their fingers back in disapproval. Adversaries and uneasy allies from Russia and Iran to China…

    Reuters
  • Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office — four hours ahead of opening time — in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.

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  • South Africa's state-power firm gets new CEO

    The South African government announced on Wednesday the appointment of a new chief executive to lead the troubled state-owned power supplier Eskom. Cabinet said Tshediso Matona was "conversant with the challenges" facing the firm which provides about 95 percent of the country's electricity. The…

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  • Two held for killing S.Africa farmworker 'with oranges'

    Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday. A quarrel on a farm outside Tzaneen in the northern Limpopo province on Monday turned deadly when the two men armed themselves with fruit, said Lieutenant-Colonel…

    AFP
  • High South African inflation edges lower

    South African inflation ticked down to 6.3 percent in July, government data showed on Wednesday, easing pressure slightly on consumers. The consumer price index was 0.3 points lower than June, thanks in part to a drop in the price of food staples such as bread, cereals and meat, according to…

    AFP
  • Vietnam, Myanmar test three patients for Ebola

    Vietnam and Myanmar are testing three patients for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived in the Southeast Asian nations from Africa while suffering from fever, health officials said. Two Nigerians were sent to Ho Chi Minh City's Tropical Diseases Hospital for isolation after they arrived in…

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  • South African doctors give wrong patient heart surgery

    A private hospital in South Africa admitted Wednesday that it had carried out heart surgery on the wrong patient after a name mix-up. Local media said 83-year-old Rita du Plessis was being treated for a respiratory infection, but ended up in theatre for a procedure to remove excess moisture around…

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  • UN peacekeeping chief for C. Africa urges political talks

    A new UN peacekeeping mission to be deployed in the Central African Republic next month must be backed up by political talks to restore stability, the head of the force said Tuesday. Some 1,800 fresh troops will be arriving in CAR on September 15, joining 5,800 African forces already serving in…

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  • Battle of the boycott plays out in Israel, W.Bank shops

    In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians are battling it out with rockets and air strikes. Local products are flying off the shelves in the occupied West Bank while Israeli goods are being left untouched. Because of the Israeli war against Gaza, we stopped buying any Israeli products," said Salah…

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  • UN Ebola czar heads to West Africa

    The UN's new pointman on Ebola said Tuesday he will travel to West Africa this week to shore up health services in the four countries hit by the worst-ever outbreak of the virus. British physician and public health expert David Nabarro also told reporters that he will be holding talks with the UN…

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  • Ethiopia now Africa's biggest refugee host amid S. Sudan crisis

    The spiralling crisis in war-ravaged South Sudan has sent nearly 200,000 refugees into Ethiopia, making it Africa's largest refugee-hosting country, the United Nations said Tuesday. At the end of July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees -- nearly half of them from South Sudan -- while Kenya,…

    AFP