Africa News

  • Uncapped five in Cheika's first Wallaby squad

    Sydney (AFP) - New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika included five debutants in his first squad unveiled Wednesday for the November Tests in England, France, Ireland and Wales.

    AFP10 mins ago
  • Cheika replaces McKenzie as Wallabies head coach

    SYDNEY (AP) — Michael Cheika has taken over as Wallabies head coach on a three-year contract and will be allowed to remain in charge of the New South Wales Waratahs next season in a deal rushed through before the Australian squad leaves on a five-match European tour.

    Associated Press45 mins ago
  • Williamson to miss rest of NZ-South Africa series

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury.

    Associated Press
  • Cuban response to Ebola outbreak helps thaw relations with US

    Havana (AFP) - Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the United States.

  • Deans backs Cheika to fill Wallabies hot seat

    Wellington (AFP) - Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans on Wednesday endorsed Michael Cheika to take over the Australia job, saying the New South Wales mentor could turn the side into World Cup winners but must curb his fiery behaviour.

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  • Rwanda's story now growth, not genocide: president

    London (AFP) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Tuesday the central African nation was no longer "just a country of genocide" and now had a positive story to tell about reconciliation and economic growth.

  • Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola

    HAVANA (AP) — Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor.

    Associated Press
  • WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is pressing the search for an Ebola vaccine and hopes to begin testing two experimental versions as early as January on more than 20,000 front-line health care workers and others in West Africa's hot zone — a bigger rollout than envisioned just a few…

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  • Migrant flow to Morocco-Spain border fence 'doubles'

    Madrid (AFP) - The flow of migrants scrambling to reach Spain's north African territory Melilla is at double the rate of last year, an official said Tuesday as he defended police after a video showed abuse by border guards.

  • 'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.

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  • Pistorius starts five-year jail term for killing lover

    Pretoria (AFP) - Star athlete Oscar Pistorius is spending his first night in jail Tuesday as he starts serving a five-year sentence behind the towering walls of a grim South African prison after a sensational trial for killing his girlfriend.

  • Nigeria minister 'optimistic' Boko Haram will free girls

    Berlin (AFP) - Nigeria's foreign minister said Tuesday that Abuja hopes to end the conflict with Islamist militant group Boko Haram soon and win the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

  • Dominican Republic establishes Ebola travel ban

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic has joined a group of Caribbean countries in restricting travelers from West African nations dealing with Ebola outbreaks.

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  • Pistorius sentencing: What it means

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world's most recognizable athletes?

    Associated Press
  • UN has praise as money starts to flow in for Ebola

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is welcoming the cash and promises from countries in response to last week's news that a U.N. trust fund for Ebola had only $100,000 in the bank.

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  • Spanish woman free of Ebola, final tests show

    MADRID (AP) — Conclusive tests show a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is cured of the virus, doctors said Tuesday, signaling a huge step forward in her 15-day battle for survival.

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  • Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.

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