Africa News

  • S.Africa power company fires 1,000 workers at new plant

    The station, which will be the fourth largest coal plant in the southern hemisphere, is expected to ease South Africa's power crisis, which regularly leaves factories, shops and homes in darkness and has hit economic growth. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said they were…

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  • Sierra Leoneans stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people are being confined to their homes for three days beginning Friday as the West African nation resorts again to a sweeping shutdown in a final push to stamp out Ebola.

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  • Same officials to handle Cricket World Cup final as did semi

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The umpiring group from the Cricket World Cup semifinal between Australia and India have been selected to reprise their role in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

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  • Economy in the dumps, Burundi students hunger for change

    Like most students in Burundi, Serge Claver Nzisabira can barely make ends meet, even when he shares a miniscule two-room address with four others in a Bujumbura suburb. "In 2012, when I arrived here, life was a little more affordable than today," said Nzisabira, aged 25, a student of English at…

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  • Southee: Kiwis ready for 1 more big push in World Cup final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fast bowler Tim Southee says that after reaching the Cricket World Cup final for the first time and with its most well-rounded limited-overs team ever assembled, New Zealand is ready for "one more big push" to beat Australia and to write a new chapter in its history.

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  • Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

    Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote. Saturday's election is being seen as the closest race in the country's history, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong…

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  • Henry pinches himself as he lives out World Cup dream

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Only a week ago, New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry was playing for Canterbury province in a domestic first class match where the players almost outnumbered spectators.

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  • UN creates watchdog for albino rights after surge in attacks

    The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to appoint an expert to investigate abuses suffered by albinos, who have faced a surge of attacks in east Africa. The resolution, presented by Algeria on behalf of the group of African states, comes after UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein earlier…

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  • US diplomat for Africa will observe Nigeria elections

    The top US diplomat for Africa will travel to Nigeria to observe presidential elections, the State Department said Thursday, an unusual move for Washington that is closely monitoring the country's Islamist crisis. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead an…

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  • Buhari says does not expect 'tampering' in Nigeria vote

    Nigeria's opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari told AFP Thursday that he does not expect "tampering" in general elections this weekend but warned of "consequences" if there is foul play. The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, speaking in Nigeria's capital Abuja after the close of his…

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  • U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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  • Spain approves security laws decried by rights groups

    Spain's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved two new security laws which rights groups warn will curb the right to protest, freedom of the press and the right to asylum. The ruling conservative Popular Party used its absolute majority in the assembly to pass the bills, which were opposed…

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  • Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as…

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  • U.S. top diplomat for Africa to lead observation mission for Nigeria vote

    The top U.S. diplomat for Africa will travel to Nigeria for Saturday's elections, the State Department said on Thursday, amid concerns over the possibility of violence. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, will lead a U.S. observation mission for the…

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  • Nigeria's military pushes extremists before elections

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Beefed up by new weapons from China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and strengthened by training from foreign advisers, Nigeria's military is forcing Boko Haram extremists from a string of northeastern towns as the country's prepares for elections the insurgents are…

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  • Lack of electricity undermines Nigerian president's relection bid

    By Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan's election campaign has trumpeted his reform of the power sector as a crowning achievement. Jonathan took the bold step in 2013 of selling parts of the moribund state electricity firm and says the privatization has bourne fruit.

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  • Factbox: Middle East oil, gas shipping risks; alternative routes

    Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a push by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard. Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait…

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