Africa News

  • Nigeria's voting extended as millions choose new president

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has extended voting to Sunday after problems occurred as millions turned out Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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  • Technical problems, Boko Haram hit Nigerian general election

    Problems with new technology on Saturday forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote. President Goodluck Jonathan was the most high-profile victim of the glitches with handheld readers,…

    AFP27 mins ago
  • Things to know about Nigeria, as country votes for president

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is holding a crucial election which experts say is too close to call. Here's a look at Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy.

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  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic…

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  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.

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  • New Zealand, Fiji make quarterfinals at Hong Kong Sevens

    HONG KONG (AP) — New Zealand and Fiji struggled to stamp their authority before booking their berths in the quarterfinals at the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday.

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  • Super Rugby: New Zealand sides 2 from 2 over South Africa

    The Highlanders made it an all-New Zealand sweep over South African opposition on Saturday with a 39-21 win over the Cape Town-based Stormers in Super Rugby.

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  • Clarke quits as Australia, New Zealand eye World Cup title

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has added a fresh edge to Sunday's blockbuster World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne by announcing the match will be his last one-day international. "I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," the 33-year-old Clarke told…

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  • Who to watch: Australia vs New Zealand in World Cup final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Expect the World Cup final to have an entirely different complexion to the last encounter between Australia and New Zealand. The group-stage match involving the tournament co-hosts was a low-scoring thriller in Auckland, where New Zealand edged Australia by one wicket…

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  • Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.

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  • Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote as elections loom

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy.

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  • UN Security Council holds Libya arms embargo in place

    The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday to step up the fight against Islamic extremists in Libya but without lifting the arms embargo. Libya, backed by Egypt, had asked for an end to the arms embargo to allow the embattled government to build up its army and take on…

    AFP
  • Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo

    Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic,…

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  • UK nurse cured of Ebola after receiving new treatment

    A British army reservist who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone has fully recovered after becoming the first patient in the world to receive an experimental new treatment. Anna Cross, 25, was discharged on Friday from the Royal Free Hospital in London where she was…

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  • Nigeria claims key Boko Haram success on eve of polling

    Nigeria on Friday announced the recapture of Boko Haram's headquarters, on the eve of a knife-edge vote at which President Goodluck Jonathan is eyeing re-election against a stiff opposition challenge. The military hailed the claimed victory in Gwoza as a crushing defeat for the rebels, whose…

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  • Yemen's Aden a key battleground in conflict

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country's president and Shiite rebels and their allies.

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  • With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.

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