Africa News

  • CAR armed groups sign ceasefire agreement

    Rival armed factions in the Central African Republic agreed to a tentative ceasefire on Wednesday at a peace conference held in neighbouring Congo. The agreement was signed by representatives of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and Christian "anti-balaka" vigilante forces -- the main…

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  • 42 dead in Nigeria attacks targeting ex-dictator, cleric

    Two bombings in a key Nigerian city targeting a prominent cleric and a former head-of-state killed at least 42 people on Wednesday, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists. Officials ordered everyone off the streets and imposed an around-the-clock curfew to restore order in the…

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  • Auto Dealers Cut Prices on New Cars & Trucks

    Local auto dealers are cutting their prices on all vehicle types. If you're looking for a new car this month, buy now and save as much as you can.

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  • South Africa to block foreigners from buying land

    South Africa's government will forbid foreigners from buying land within five years, but will not expropriate those who already possess deeds, the land affairs minister said Wednesday. "The principle is that foreign nationals should not own land but should have a long-lease with a minimum of 30…

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  • South Africa sets 5 years to stem military decline

    Continental military power South Africa committed Wednesday to save its armed forces from meltdown within five years, amid budget constraints and increasing involvement in peacekeeping missions around Africa. A review earlier this year found the South African Defence Force (SANDF) was in a…

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  • South Africa union leader killed after named in inquiry

    A leader of radical South African union AMCU was shot dead after being named in an inquiry into a deadly police crackdown during violent strikes at a platinum mine two years ago, a lawyer said Wednesday. Bongani "Bhayi" Mehlonkomo, a secretary for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction…

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  • Chinese president ends regional tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island’s independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro’s revolution began. The Chinese president also met with his Cuban…

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  • Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed a female Somali lawmaker, who was known for singing popular folk music, in a drive-by shooting Wednesday, a police official said. The slaying is the fourth assassination of a Somali lawmaker this year.

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  • Four American novelists on Booker Prize longlist

    London (AFP) - Four Americans made the longlist Wednesday for the 2014 Booker Prize for Fiction, which has opened up the field for the first time to novelists from outside the Commonwealth.

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  • FIFA to support Sierra Leone match-fixing probe

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is supporting a Sierra Leone Football Association investigation into claims that players tried to fix a World Cup qualifying match in 2008.

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  • Nigerian 'suicide blasts' kill at least 25

    Two blasts rocked northern Nigeria's Kaduna city on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, in what appeared to be a double bomb attack by Boko Haram Islamists. Police blamed the first explosion on a suicide bomber targeting the convoy of a prominent cleric who has publicly criticised the Islamic…

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  • Bolt, Wiggins head Glasgow Games athletes to watch

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is unquestionably the biggest name at the Commonwealth Games, although he won't compete until the final weekend for Jamaica in the relay.

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  • South Africa jails rhino poacher for 77 years

    A South African court has jailed a rhino poacher for 77 years, one of the heaviest sentences handed out for the crime as poaching continues to escalate, an official said Wednesday. South African national Mandla Chauke was arrested in the iconic Kruger National Park in 2011 after he killed three…

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  • Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global

    LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.

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  • Germany promises change as arms sales draw scrutiny

    By Alexandra Hudson and Sabine Siebold BERLIN (Reuters) - For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany's arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria. From its serial number, he believes…

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  • South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

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  • Worldwide FGM ban sought at 'Girl Summit'

    Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed "Girl Summit" on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to…

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  • Pedaling solutions to Dar es Salaam's mega-city woes

    Fatma rides on the shoulder of the road, her infant daughter secured to her back with a length of brightly coloured kanga fabric. Arms outstretched, she grasps the handles that function as pedals and rotates the chain around a gear, propelling herself through Dar es Salaam's heavy traffic. With…

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  • McKenzie sticks with familiar squad for Rugby Championship

    Sydney (AFP) - Ewen McKenzie Wednesday named a 32-man Australian squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship with few surprises, sticking with the group that is enjoying a seven-match winning streak.

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  • No dream job: Khartoum's walking department store

    On the other side of the car, the taxi driver negotiates with a vendor selling cheap flashlights. Business is better during Ramadan than other months, Ali says, but his income of 50-75 pounds a day doesn't leave much after he pays for food and lodging.

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  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

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