Africa News

  • Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia appears in court

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia made his first appearance before an International Criminal Court judge Monday, calling himself a former soldier who was abducted and "taken to the bush" when he was just 14.

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  • Zambia's new leader drops white vice president

    Zambia’s newly-elected President Edgar Lungu dropped vice president Guy Scott -- who was briefly Africa's only white leader -- from his administration when he announced his cabinet on Monday. As interim president since the death in office of Michael Sata in October, Scott had been the first white…

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  • Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the widespread…

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  • 2 suspected looters killed in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot following a week of attacks on immigrant-owned shops in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.

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  • Two killed as South Africa township looting spree spreads

    Two men have been shot dead and shops owned by immigrants were looted in South Africa's biggest city, as unrest following the death of a teenager last week spread in Johannesburg townships, police said on Monday. The two men were killed in the Langlaagte township during a robbery at an…

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  • Win or bust for former champions Zambia

    Former champions Zambia must defeat Cape Verde on Monday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea. A win for the shock 2012 title-winners in the remote north-eastern town of Ebebiyin would secure second spot in Group B provided…

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  • Two more killed in violent S.Africa looting

    Two more people have died as the week-long looting of foreign-owned shops continued in townships around South Africa's economic capital Johannesburg, police said Monday. The men were killed Sunday night during a raid on a shop owned by a Somali immigrant in central Johannesburg. "During the…

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  • Egypt revolt anniversary death toll rises to 20

    Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Egyptian police of using "excessive force" against protesters after 20 people were killed in clashes on the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising. The clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo and the coastal city of Alexandria on Sunday came…

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  • WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes

    The World Health Organization's chief on Sunday admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola and pledged reforms to avoid similar mistakes in future. Despite turning a corner in the fight against Ebola, there was no room for complacency, WHO head Margaret Chan told a rare emergency…

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  • C. Africa minister kidnapped by armed men

    Armed men on Sunday kidnapped the Central African Republic minister for sport and young people and former rebel chief Armel Ningatoloum Sayo as he returned from church in the capital Bangui, his wife said. Sayo is the former leader of the Revolution and Justice movement based in the country's…

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  • Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.

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  • Equatorial Guinea triumph a 'Cinderella story'

    Equatorial Guinea coach Esteban Becker described the host nation's achievement in reaching the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as a "Cinderella story" after they beat Gabon 2-0 on Sunday. "It's a Cinderella story, the poor team beating the rich team on merit, thanks to their sacrifice,…

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  • Emotional Le Roy hails Congo achievement

    Veteran French coach Claude Le Roy struggled to contain his emotion on Sunday after his Congo Brazzaville side qualified for the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations. These guys are incredible," Le Roy told Canal Plus television after Congo beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in Ebebiyin to progress to the…

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  • Zambia: Edgar Lungu sworn in as new president

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Edgar Lungu was sworn in as Zambia's new president Sunday.

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  • Fears in Gambia over detained family of alleged coup plotters

    An opposition leader in the Gambia called Sunday for President Yahya Jammeh to release relatives of coup suspects arrested and kept incommunicado since the attack nearly four weeks ago. The presidential guard on December 30 put down a bid to seize power blamed mainly on ex-servicemen from the…

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  • Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri city

    By Lanre Ola and Ardo Abdullah MAIDUGURI/BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's military repelled multiple attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state capital Maiduguri in the northeast, security sources said on Sunday, but the insurgents captured another Borno town. The assault on…

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  • WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.

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