Africa News

  • 5 things to know about Super Rugby round 10

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The 10th round of Super Rugby may be one of the most influential of the season so far, containing four derby matches and potentially difficult encounters for tournament front-runners.

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  • Anti-corruption judges to rule on Senegal ex-president's son

    Judges in Senegal are set to pronounce Thursday on the fate of ex-president Abdoulaye Wade's son Karim, detained for a year on corruption charges after accumulating a fortune worth more than $1 billion. The anti-corruption court in Dakar is expected to announce whether it intends to dismiss the…

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  • Nigerian military says most of abducted schoolgirls freed, eight still missing

    By Lanre Ola and Isaac Abrak MAIDUGURI/ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing. In a brief statement sent to…

    Reuters
  • Spain evicts 7 illegal migrants from tiny island to Morocco

    Spain on Wednesday sent back to Morocco seven sub-Saharan African migrants who arrived at an uninhabited Spanish island near the Moroccan coast on an inflatable boat, officials said. The migrants were spotted by Spanish soldiers on Tuesday shortly after they landed on Congress Island about four…

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  • Kidnapped Nigeria girls taken to Islamist stronghold

    Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said on Wednesday, as the military confirmed that 129 students had been abducted. The girls said they ran after getting permission from the gunmen to use the…

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  • Libyan Qaeda suspect deprived rights in US jail

    The Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect captured last year outside his home in Tripoli is being deprived legal documents and personal effects in a US prison hospital, his lawyer said Wednesday. Anas al-Libi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in…

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  • Liberia's first post-war president dies

    Former Liberian president Gyude Bryant, who led a peacetime government after two ruinous back-to-back civil wars, died aged 65 on Wednesday, the government said in a statement. Bryant was sworn in as the "chairman" of a transitional government and served for more than two years as part of a peace…

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  • Campaigning conservationist shot in DR Congo

    Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - Environmentalists around the world condemned on Wednesday the shooting of a Belgian conservationist who has struggled to protect Africa's mountain gorillas in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Emmanuel de Merode, director of the Virunga National Park in the DR…

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  • Southern EU officials seek more help with migrants

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A growing tide of African immigrants are trying to cross the Mediterranean and more European Union money and resources are needed to stop them, the foreign ministers from seven EU nations said Wednesday.

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  • S.Africa's Zuma booed at election rally

    Disgruntled residents in a small South African town booed President Jacob Zuma Wednesday during an election campaign of the ruling ANC three weeks ahead of general polls, according to a report. Rally-goers reacted angrily while Zuma -- under fire for multimillion-dollar state-paid renovations to…

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  • Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.

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  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.

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  • 22 reported killed in clashes over Central African Republic town

    By Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - At least 22 people, mainly civilians, were killed in clashes between mainly Muslim rebels and Christian militia in the Central African Republic earlier this week, the local Red Cross said on Wednesday. "There are 22 dead, four of whom were women killed…

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  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.

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  • Chad withdraws all troops from Central Africa

    Sarh (Chad) (AFP) - Chad said Wednesday it had withdrawn its entire force from the Central African Republic in the wake of accusations its troops waged an unprovoked attack in a market last month. The pullout of more than 800 troops who made up a key contingent in the African peacekeeping force…

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  • UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — About 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone Somali capital, Ugandan military officials said.

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  • C.Africa crisis risk to global security, says UN refugee chief

    UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the conflict in Central African Republic could embroil the whole region and threaten global security. "It's not easy to put Central African Republic on the map of concerns of public opinion in general and governments in particular," Guterres…

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  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said.

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  • EU Mediterranean countries discuss immigration

    MADRID (AP) — Foreign ministers from seven countries on Europe's southern rim are holding an informal meeting to discuss ways of dealing with the thousands of African migrants who try to enter the EU each year in search of a better life.

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  • Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.

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