Africa News

  • New Zealand All Blacks on a mission in America

    Rugby union will make its strongest claim for the attention of a U.S. audience when the Eagles host the World Cup champion New Zealand All Blacks on Saturday in a rare meeting on American soil.

    Associated Press
  • Beale fined again; contract negotiations can start

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian utility back Kurtley Beale was sanctioned for the second time in a week, receiving a 3,000 Australian dollars ($2,650) fine Friday for his part in an argument with the Wallabies team business manager on a flight between South Africa and Argentina last month.

    Associated Press
  • Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

    Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) (AFP) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

    AFP
  • Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved.

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  • Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola

    HAVANA (AP) — Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of…

    Associated Press
  • Experts urge caution over Ebola hopes

    Health authorities called Thursday for renewed vigilance over the Ebola epidemic and urged caution over claims it is retreating as the World Bank announced a $100-million fund for more health workers. The warning follows an announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that data from funeral…

    AFP
  • Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

    Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the "illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa. Spain's conservative government has said it will pass a legal amendment authorising police…

    AFP
  • Burkina army imposes interim government after crowd burns parliament

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government on Thursday after violent protests against President Blaise Compaore, but it was not immediately clear who was in charge. Army chief General Honore…

    Reuters
  • Burkina army seizes power after uprising against veteran ruler

    Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore was toppled on Thursday as the army took power after protesters set parliament ablaze in a popular uprising against the veteran leader's 27-year-rule. Crowds of people later massed near the presidential palace but were being held back by troops from the…

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.…

    Associated Press
  • Taylor unsure of fitness ahead of Pakistan test

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's leading batsman Ross Taylor is uncertain whether he will recover from a calf injury in time to play in the first test against Pakistan.

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.…

    Associated Press
  • Zambia president to be buried November 11

    Zambian president Michael Sata, who died in London this week, will be buried in Lusaka on November 11, after the repatriation of his remains, the government announced Thursday. The country was observing a second day of mourning for Sata, nicknamed "King Cobra" for his sharp rhetoric, who died only…

    AFP
  • Burkina president declares state of emergency after uprising

    President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency in Burkina Faso Thursday after angry demonstrators set parliament ablaze in an uprising against his long-standing regime. Protesters earlier forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow Compaore to extend his 27-year…

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.…

    Associated Press
  • South Africans mourn sport deaths

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week.

    Associated Press
  • Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

    Associated Press