Africa News

  • British-led scientists trial 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea

    Conakry (AFP) - British scientists announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as French President Francois Hollande arrived in Conakry on Friday, becoming the first Western leader to visit one of the countries devastated by the epidemic.

    AFP
  • Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.

    Associated Press
  • Namibia's ruling party seen winning Africa's first electronic vote

    By Wendell Roelf WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibians voted on Friday in Africa's first electronic election that is expected see the SWAPO party extend its 24-year rule with people in the mineral-rich country seeking stability in the face of a global commodities downturn. Namibia has one of Africa's…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start

    By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship…

    Reuters
  • Boks offer Wales last shot at big scalp before Cup

    History suggests the serial losses by Wales to rugby's big three will reach 23 in a row.

    Associated Press
  • Much at stake as England, Australia resume rivalry

    There's far more at stake than just bragging rights between two long-time rivals in the rugby test between England and Australia on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • France warns African leaders against trying to keep power

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Thursday against trying to modify constitutions to stay in power and said they should learn from the forced departure of Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaore. Hollande, who heads to Senegal on Friday for a summit of…

    Reuters
  • Canada sending medics to West Africa to fight Ebola

    Canada will send 40 military medics to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, officials said Thursday while also encouraging Canadian health care workers to join the fight. Health Minister Rona Ambrose said an estimated 350 international care workers and specialists are needed at Ebola…

    AFP
  • Tanzania PM sidesteps calls to quit over graft claims

    DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's prime minister on Thursday sidestepped calls from a parliamentary committee to resign over accusations that he had approved illegal payments to a private power company. Tanzania has discovered massive gas reserves off its coast, but the energy sector has long…

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  • Hedge fund couple agree Britain's most expensive divorce

    By Kirstin Ridley LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire hedge fund manager Chris Hohn has been ordered to pay his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn 337 million pounds ($530 million) in the largest divorce settlement in British legal history. The size of the settlement was detailed in a draft judgment, a…

    Reuters
  • Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians' interest wanes

    CAIRO (AP) — Amal Shaker's 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, she is still waiting for justice.

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  • Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year.

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  • Wales rugby coach Gatland shrugs off criticism ahead of 'Boks clash

    Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he was under extra pressure as his team sought an elusive win over a southern hemisphere side when they clash with South Africa on Saturday.

    AFP
  • Australian cricketer Hughes dies of head injuries

    Phillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia's test team.

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  • Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.

    Associated Press
  • England drop Farrell, recall Twelvetrees for Australia

    LONDON (AFP) - England dropped Andy Farrell to the bench and recalled specialist centre Billy Twelvetrees to midfield on Thursday in a bid to finish a disappointing November campaign with victory against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

    AFP
  • Greece tows migrant-packed ship to safety off Crete

    ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on Thursday, in one of the biggest sea rescues mounted by the Mediterranean nation, coastguard officials said. The Kiribati-flagged MV Baris issued a distress call on…

    Reuters