Africa News

  • Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram

    Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force, the United Nations envoy for the Sahel region said Wednesday. More than 13,000 people have been killed and more than one million made homeless by Boko Haram violence since…

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  • Cameroon, Ivory Coast clash in tense Nations Cup Group D finish

    The old adage that everything will be decided on the pitch may not prove to be true in the case of Group D at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. All four matches in the group have ended in 1-1 draws, leaving the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Guinea and Mali absolutely even ahead of the final games in…

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  • Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe. The 88-year-old revolutionary icon had said nothing since last month's surprise agreement, raising questions…

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  • 'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: US commander

    Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a "huge" international effort, a top US military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria's response to the emboldened extremists. Relations between the Nigerian and US militaries have been strained with Nigeria cancelling training by…

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  • Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a…

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  • Blake pleads for Scotland patience

    Scotland's controversial new recruit, Hugh Blake, has urged fans to let him prove his worth following the furore over his call-up into the Six Nations squad. The Edinburgh back-row forward only arrived from his native New Zealand last month and has yet to play for the capital club.

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  • Algeria and Ghana advance to quarterfinals at African Cup

    MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Algeria secured its passage to the African Cup quarterfinals alongside Ghana on Tuesday after rekindling some of the attacking flair that took it to the second round of last year's World Cup.

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  • EU agrees $2 billion euros for Ukraine, to consider more

    By Robin Emmott and Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to loan Ukraine 1.8 billion euros ($2.0 billion) to help save it from bankruptcy, leaving open the option of increasing aid at a later stage. Diplomats at the meeting in Brussels said several European…

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  • At least three killed after U.N. troops in Mali fire at protest

    By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao killed at least three people on Tuesday when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses said. A U.N. spokesman said only warning shots were fired. The violence…

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  • Ghana back from brink of elimination to make quarters

    MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Ghana came back from the brink of elimination with two goals in the last 17 minutes to beat South Africa 2-1 Tuesday and make the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals.

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  • Algeria win to advance at Senegal's expense

    Algeria secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday thanks to a 2-0 win against Senegal in their last Group C game in Malabo. On a dramatic evening, Riyad Mahrez set Algeria on their way with the opening goal inside 11 minutes, and for a long time it looked as…

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  • Sharia police arrest 12 men accused of planning to wed in Nigeria's Kano

    Sharia police arrested 12 men accusing them of attempting gay marriage in Nigeria's second city of Kano, though 10 were later released, a spokesman for the board overseeing Islamic rules in the area said on Tuesday. Gay marriage, same-sex relationships and membership of gay rights groups were…

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  • Algeria beats Senegal 2-0 to make African Cup quarterfinals

    MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Algeria scored early and late Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Senegal.

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  • Nigeria will not delay elections: commission

    The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them. "We remain committed to implementing the timetable," commission head Attahiru Jega told a news…

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  • Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. Since last year Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group. …

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  • Renewed Boko Haram raids kill many in northeast Nigeria

    Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Scores of people have been killed and many others forced to flee to the mountains following a renewed series of Boko Haram raids in northeast Nigeria, a lawmaker and a relief agency official said Tuesday.

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  • Child ritual killings spread alarm, anger in Ivory Coast

    By Ange Aboa ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least 21 children have been kidnapped in Ivory Coast since December and most have been found dead with their bodies mutilated, authorities said, in a wave of ritual killings some residents fear may be linked to upcoming elections. Police chief Brindou Mbia said…

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