Africa News

  • Mashaba appointed to coach South Africa

    Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was named coach of South Africa Saturday in succession to sacked Gordon Igesund. National youth coach Mashaba was not present at the announcement in Soweto as he is in Mali with the under-20 squad. South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan urged…

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  • Australian cyclists excel at Commonwealth Games

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Australian track cyclists won two more events to turn the Commonwealth Games gold medal race into a two-country competition on Saturday, after only three days.

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  • Waratahs to play Crusaders in Super final

    The New South Wales Waratahs will play the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby final after an epic 26-8 win over the ACT Brumbies in Sydney on Saturday. The Waratahs, who finished the regular season seven points clear at the top, needed an immense defensive effort to hold out the Brumbies in a…

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  • US monitoring Ebola outbeak, aiding bid to stop spread

    US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the virus," Will Stevens, spokesman for the State Department's Africa…

  • Algerian Sonatrach energy boss fired

    Abdelhamid Zerguine, the head of Algeria's national oil and gas company Sonatrach, has been relieved of his duties and replaced by his deputy Said Sahnoune, AFP learned on Saturday. Company sources said Zerguine, who had been Sonatrach managing director since 2011, was reportedly sacked by…

  • Australia hit 200 cycling medals, Bolt breezes in

    Australia became the first country to win 200 Commonwealth Games cycling medals on Saturday as Olympic and world sprint king Usain Bolt arrived to a predictable media scrum. Australia's Annette Edmondson won the womenâ s 10km scratch race gold before Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett grabbed silver…

  • Waratahs beat Brumbies 26-8 in Super Rugby semi

    SYDNEY (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs will host the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final after beating the ACT Brumbies 26-8 in a tense all-Australian semifinal on Saturday.

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  • Nigeria to screen airline travelers for Ebola

    ABUJA (AP) — Nigerian officials say they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola, after a traveler from Liberia died of the contagious disease in Lagos.

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  • Protesters march on Ebola center in Sierra Leone

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Thousands marched on an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone on Friday after a former nurse alleged that the deadly virus was invented to conceal "cannibalistic rituals" at the ward, a regional police chief said. Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, at…

  • Crusaders beat Sharks 38-6 in Super semifinal

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Crusaders scored four unanswered tries in the second half to outclass South Africa's Sharks 38-6 on Saturday and book their place in the Super Rugby final, moving within one win of an eighth title.

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  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

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  • Nigeria on red alert after first Ebola death

    Nigeria was on alert against the possible spread of Ebola on Saturday, a day after the first confirmed death from the virus in Lagos, Africa's biggest city and the country's financial capital. The health ministry said Friday that a 40-year-old Liberian man died at a private hospital in Lagos from…

  • New Zealand early winners in rugby sevens

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — New Zealand extended its Commonwealth Games winning streak in rugby sevens to 27 matches with a 17-14 win Saturday over Scotland at Ibrox Stadium, the 115-year-old home of Rangers football club.

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  • Cook brushes aside Pietersen call to quit England captaincy

    Alastair Cook shrugged off calls from Kevin Pietersen to resign as England captain ahead of the third Test against India at Southampton. Pietersen used his Daily Telegraph column published Saturday to say he was only still in the job because it would be "yet another PR disaster" for the England…

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  • Brownlee brothers fire England to team triathlon gold in Glasgow

    GLASGOW (AFP) - Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee helped fired England to a clean sweep of the triathlon gold medals on offer at the Commonwealth Games, anchoring the mixed team to relay victory on Saturday.

  • South Africa dismissed for 282 in 1st innings

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka offspinner Dilruwan Perera took a career-best 5-69 to help dismiss South Africa for 282 in its first innings and give his team an overall 150-run lead in the second test on Saturday with two days left.

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  • Sri Lanka-South Africa Scores

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Scores at stumps on the third day of the second test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Saturday:

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  • 2 critics of Swaziland government sentenced

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two government critics in Swaziland have been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court for publishing articles lamenting alleged threats to judicial independence in the southern African kingdom.

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  • South Africa 282 all out vs. Sri Lanka 421

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Scores at the end of South Africa's first innings on the third day of the second test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Saturday:

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  • UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms

    Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war. Nearly a million children aged under five face acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN children's agency UNICEF…

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