Africa News

  • Philippine children stunted by malnutrition: welfare report

    Children in the Philippines suffer from "sub-Saharan levels" of malnutrition that stunts growth in a people who have traditionally been considered short because of genetics, a campaign group said Thursday. Although economic growth has surged in recent years, chronic malnutrition means the country…

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  • At least 14 killed as boat overloaded with migrants capsizes off Malaysia

    By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, among them 13 women, maritime officials said. The boat, which maritime officials estimated had…

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  • Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis

    Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's growing refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on…

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  • All must be done to stop illegal migrants, Poland says

    Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said on Thursday that Europe should do all it can to stop illegal migrants from entering, though the country is prepared to share the burden of giving shelter to refugees in genuine need. "All must be done to stop immigration at Europe's borders. The…

    Reuters
  • Chung claims 'fraud' in FIFA presidential poll

    South Korean FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon on Thursday accused the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) of "election fraud" in backing rival candidate Michel Platini. Chung said the AFC, whose president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa has publicly supported Platini, had sent…

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  • Slipper to lead Australia in rugby test vs United States

    SYDNEY (AP) — James Slipper will fill in as captain for Stephen Moore in Australia's rugby union test against the United States in Chicago this weekend, becoming the first prop to lead the Wallabies in almost four decades.

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  • Nigeria seeks joint efforts on security in Gulf of Guinea

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday urged members of the minerals-rich Gulf of Guinea to work together to curb piracy and insecurity in the region, his office said. Pirates have been taking advantage of poor of security in the Gulf to cause incalculable damage to local countries,…

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  • Ntaganda: DR Congo's ruthless wartime 'Terminator'

    Tall, smug, and said to be trigger-happy too, the 41-year-old Ntaganda fought for different rebel groups as well as for the Democratic Republic of Congo's army from his late teens. The fifth former Congolese warlord in the dock before the International Criminal Court, he is the first to have given…

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  • Migrant child's body on beach shocks Europe

    A photograph of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach after a migrant boat sank swept across Europe on Wednesday, in a poignant image of the refugee crisis. The images showed the little boy lying face down in the sand near Bodrum, one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts, before…

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  • Mali river boat accident kills at least 18

    At least 18 people died when a pirogue carrying passengers on the River Niger in central Mali capsized on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the country's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. There were four missing and 70 survivors from the accident that took place around 5…

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  • Shell reopens two key Nigeria pipelines shut over leaks, sabotage

    Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said it re-opened on Wednesday two key supply pipelines in Nigeria shut last week because of leaks and sabotage that forced it to declare a "force majeure" on crude oil exports. "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC)...today (September 2) lifted…

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  • S.Africa vows Commonwealth Games will "heal wounds"

    South Africa on Wednesday promised to deliver a world-class event when the city of Durban hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games, saying the occasion would help the country overcome its turbulent past. Both the 1995 rugby World Cup and the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa are seen as milestones…

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  • Hundreds of migrants on tracks at Calais block trains to UK

    By John Pullman and Pierre Savary CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, a police source said on Wednesday, stranding thousands of passengers aboard Eurostar trains for hours. The…

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  • South Africa jails Mozambican rhino poachers

    South Africa has jailed two Mozambicans for 11 years for rhino poaching, police said Wednesday, as latest tallies revealed slaughter of the iconic animals climbing to a new high. A court in the eastern province of Mpumalanga found Phinias Sithole, 23, and France Nkuna, 22, guilty of trespassing in…

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  • American dancers teach technique, confidence in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A day before the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begin the South African leg of their international tour, the company's dancers taught a master class in Johannesburg's historic Soweto township on Wednesday.

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  • Samoan stalwart Thompson suspended for World Cup opener

    Veteran Samoan lock Kane Thompson will miss his country's opening game of the upcoming rugby union World Cup against the United States after receiving a two-match ban for punching an opponent, the governing body World Rugby announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old New Zealand-born second row, set…

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  • Trial of Congolese rebel opens with gruesome images

    Harrowing pictures of bodies littering a banana plantation Wednesday marked the start of the trial of warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of running a campaign of terror in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Nicknamed "The Terminator," Ntaganda denied 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against…

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