Africa News

  • Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.

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  • Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack.

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  • 170 migrants feared lost at sea off Libya

    A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli, with 170 people still missing. Libya, which is mired in unrest and political chaos, has been a launchpad for illegal migrants seeking a better…

    AFP
  • Boko Haram sees huge advances but can be checked

    Boko Haram may be closer than ever to achieving its goal of creating a caliphate in northern Nigeria but comparisons to the Iraq crisis are premature and the military can reverse the group's gains, analysts say.

    AFP
  • Central Africa unveils new government after deadly clashes

    The Central African Republic unveiled its new government on Friday, a broad coalition including representatives from rival armed groups, after fresh fighting between warring militias killed at least eight. Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun, who was appointed earlier this month, has been tasked with…

    AFP
  • Adam Peaty breaks 50 breaststroke world record

    BERLIN (AP) — Adam Peaty of Britain has set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke, finishing in 26.62 seconds in a semifinal heat at the European Swimming Championship on Friday.

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  • Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, an international human rights group charged. .

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  • Springboks need more black players: Tutu

    South Africa's Springbok rugby team should include more black players, Nobel peace prize laureate and leading anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu said Friday. "Particularly hurtful is the selection of black players as peripheral squad members, never given the chance to settle down and earn their…

    AFP
  • 4 white lion cubs born at German circus

    BERLIN (AP) — A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs.

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  • Unidentified fever 'kills 13' in DR Congo in 10 days

    A fever of unidentified origin has killed 13 people in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo since August 11, the health minister said. "All 13 people who have died suffered from a fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and, in a terminal stage, of vomiting a black matter," Dr Felix Kabange Numbi said…

    AFP
  • Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

    Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease. Senegal's decision to close its land border with Guinea,…

    AFP
  • Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.

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  • British terror suspect in Kenya no 'monster': lawyer

    A British terrorism suspect in Kenya is no "monster" and has been falsely linked with a fugitive jihadist from the UK dubbed the "White Widow", his lawyer told a court. Suspected militant Jermaine Grant, accused of plotting bomb attacks and having ties to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, was…

    AFP
  • Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, by rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by…

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  • Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How…

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  • Libya football stadium hosts videotaped execution

    An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty said Friday highlighted the country's descent into lawlessness. The video of the execution in the eastern city of Derna was posted on social media websites, including…

    AFP
  • UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flareup'

    Conakry (AFP) - The United Nations' new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic in West Africa.

    AFP