Africa News

  • European soccer clubs opening US academies

    MIAMI (AP) — As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Australia cites reporter's killing in law reforms

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders.

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • Burglars target Interpol building in South Africa - again

    Thieves have broken into the building that houses Interpol and an elite South African police unit in the capital Pretoria for the second time in three weeks, a spokesman said on Thursday. Two to three people stole laptops from the investigations unit known as the Hawks, presumably over the…

    AFP46 mins ago
  • Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as official evacuated

    Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been contained as part…

    AFP
  • West Africa must confront political weaknesses to curb drugs trade: Obasanjo

    West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday. "West Africa is no longer only a transit zone of drugs but an attractive destination where pushers take advantage of…

    Reuters
  • Slain American journalist remembered as driven

    ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • British couple walled into French home by 'neighbours from hell'

    A British couple's dream of a quiet retirement in the sun of southern France turned into a nightmare when their neighbours walled them into their home. Locals in the village of Brugairolles in the foothills of the Pyrenees were so appalled by the immurement, they rose up to rescue the elderly…

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Springboks recall Smith after long absence

    Juan Smith has been recalled by South Africa after a three-year absence for a Rugby Championship Test in Argentina Saturday. The flanker replaces Marcell Coetzee in one of the three changes to the Springboks starting line-up that laboured to a 13-6 victory over the Pumas in Pretoria last weekend. …

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    BERLIN (AP) — Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • South Africa one-day debuts for Rossouw and Shezi

    South Africa will hand debuts to top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw and left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi in Thursday’s third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe. Having already sewn up the series by winning the first two games, the Proteas will offer the pair an opportunity to impress as…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP