Africa News

  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said.

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  • WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

    LONDON (AP) — Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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  • South Africa comfortable to be among cricket World Cup favourites

    South Africa will go into next month's World Cup comfortable with their status as one of the favourites to lift the trophy. The West Indies, on the other hand, are banking on reaching the knockout phase and then producing their best form. There was a considerable gulf in performance between the…

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  • UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

    The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday. Nabarro was speaking at the African Union headquarters, as leaders gather a day ahead of a summit meeting where Ebola…

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  • McIlroy a shot behind clubhouse leaders at Dubai Classic

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy bogeyed the final hole to miss out on a share of the clubhouse lead during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.

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  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — After selling its ailing handset unit, Nokia has turned a fourth-quarter net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) with sales increasing nearly 10 percent, partly buoyed by strong growth in North America.

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  • Schmidt success no surprise to Scotland rugby coach Cotter

    Scotland coach Vern Cotter has said the success of his one-time protege Joe Schmidt was no surprise to him. Cotter is now preparing for his first Six Nations Championship and his presence means that 50 percent of the head coaches involved are from New Zealand, with Schmidt in charge of defending…

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  • Romney, mulling 2016 run, jabs Clinton and Obama

    Mitt Romney, considering another presidential run, took swipes at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for "cluelessly" conducting foreign policy, and said Barack Obama's brand of economics is hurting Americans. The 2012 Republican nominee, who lost to Obama, has returned to the…

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  • Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday. A total of $239 billion invested…

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  • Experts in crisis talks to save rare rhino from extinction

    Conservationists and scientists met in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction. There are only five northern whites left on the planet -- three live in a 700-acre enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, while the…

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  • Guinea, Mali coaches say drawing lots unfair

    The coaches of Mali and Guinea Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals…

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  • Amla, Rossouw set up big win for South Africa

    Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second time in the series to set up a 131-run win for South Africa in the fifth and final ODI against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Amla made 133 and Rossouw powered his way to 132 in a South African total of 361 for five…

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  • Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

    Italian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria, the secretive crime group's…

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  • Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The…

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  • S.Africa road named after last apartheid president

    A Cape Town highway was renamed on Wednesday after the last president of South Africa's white-minority apartheid government, FW de Klerk, despite fierce opposition. The proposal was adopted during a chaotic city council meeting, with councillors from South Africa's ruling African National Congress…

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  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

    NEW YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

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  • African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for 'Marshall Plan'

    The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control centre, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare systems on the continent. Oxfam called for a "massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan", referring to the United States…

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