Africa News

  • Italy: 4,200 more migrants saved off Libya's coasts, 17 die

    ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard says it has coordinated the rescue of more than 4,000 migrants off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • UN rights chief seeks wider probe into C.Africa peacekeeper abuses

    The UN human rights chief said Saturday he had asked several countries to probe allegations of rape and killings by their troops in the Central African Republic following reports of child abuse by French peacekeepers. The appeal came after shocking revelations that French soldiers deployed in the…

    AFP54 mins ago
  • Blatter slams Europe 'hate' campaign, US judiciary

    Newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Saturday he was "shocked" at the way the US judiciary has targeted football's world body and slammed what he called a "hate" campaign by Europe's football leaders. Blatter said he suspected the arrest of seven FIFA officials this week under a US…

    AFP
  • UN rights chief urges deeper probe of Central Africa abuses

    BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief is urging several countries to step up efforts to investigate allegations that peacekeepers in Central African Republic may have committed abuses, a call that comes as the U.N. itself faces pressure over child sexual abuse claims against French…

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  • Crisis-hit Burundi says elections will go ahead

    Burundi's government insisted the first stage of controversial elections will go ahead next week despite the central African nation's ongoing political crisis. Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said that even after the withdrawal of support from the influential Catholic Church and the European…

    AFP
  • 'Ebola will return', veteran scientist warns

    Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world's top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976. Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that…

    AFP
  • Sepp Blatter makes special mention of his Oceania support

    Sepp Blatter had no sooner been returned as president of FIFA during a controversy-filled week when he took time Friday to thank his friends in the most remote and smallest of the six international football confederations.

    Associated Press
  • Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

    By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer. Blatter won despite demands that he quit in…

    Reuters
  • Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.

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  • Belgium, Czech Republic rapped over smacking children

    A top rights body on Friday said Belgium and the Czech Republic were violating a European treaty because they have not yet fully banned the smacking of children. The Council of Europe said the "corporal punishment of children is not subject to a sufficiently clear, binding and precise ban" in the…

    AFP
  • Ethiopia opposition says elections an 'undemocratic disgrace'

    Ethiopia's main opposition party on Friday condemned weekend elections, which saw the ruling party cruise back into office, as a "disgrace" and proof the country was a one-party state. According to preliminary results from last Sunday's elections, the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary…

    AFP
  • Mauritius president steps down

    Mauritius president Kailash Purryag announced Friday he was stepping down from his position as ceremonial figurehead of the Indian Ocean island nation. A statement from the presidency said Purryag's resignation was in accordance with an earlier agreement with Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth,…

    AFP
  • Europe vows to fight for reform despite Blatter's win

    Europe's top soccer officials have vowed not to give up their fight to reform FIFA despite failing in their bid to oust Sepp Blatter as president of the sport's world governing body. UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the driving forces behind Europe's push to get rid of Blatter, said he was…

    Reuters
  • Blatter faces bigger challenge at divided FIFA

    As Sepp Blatter was re-elected FIFA president on Friday he made almost exactly the same speech he did in 2011 about the need to pull together and root out corruption. Not only has FIFA failed to change its scandal-plagued image, it faces an even bigger credibility crisis after United States…

    Reuters
  • Man behind S. African anti-apartheid hero's murder wins release

    A South African court ruled Friday that the white man who provided the gun used to kill the black Communist Party leader Chris Hani in 1993 should be released on medical grounds. Clive Derby-Lewis, 79, has been serving a life sentence since his conviction for conspiracy to commit the murder, which…

    AFP
  • Palestinians drop planned FIFA vote to suspend Israel

    ZURICH (AP) — The Palestinian and Israeli soccer federations took an uneasy path to reaching an accord at the FIFA Congress on Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

    ZURICH (AP) — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter.

    Associated Press
  • Crusaders beat leaders Hurricanes 35-18 in Super Rugby

    Seven-time champions the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 35-18 in Super Rugby on Friday, keeping their slim playoffs hope alive and forcing the top-ranked Hurricanes to sweat for another week over the prospect of a home playoff in New Zealand.

    Associated Press