Africa News

  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.

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  • Togo awaits results of presidential vote marked by low turnout

    Only around half of voters turned out for Togo's presidential polls, election officials said on Sunday, boosting the chances of incumbent Faure Gnassingbe winning a third term and extending his family's almost 50-year rule over the tiny west African nation. Of some 3.5 million voters called to…

    AFP
  • Ten people drown as canoe capsizes in Mali: police

    Ten people drowned on Sunday after their canoe capsized in Mali, a police source told AFP, the first major river accident in the impoverished west African nation in 18 months. The source said the dugout canoe appeared to have encountered difficulties after being hit by "a violent wind" on the…

    AFP
  • Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi

    Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year. Boni Yayi, who has led the small west African nation since 2006, has announced plans for…

    AFP
  • Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is recalling its top diplomats in South Africa because of "ongoing xenophobia targeting foreigners," according to a government statement.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa, Nigeria trade barbs over attacks on migrants

    The South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people. "We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is…

    AFP
  • Monument to South Africa's "Hottentot Venus" vandalised

    Vandals in South Africa have vandalised a monument to Saartjie Baartman, Africa's "Hottentot Venus" who was paraded in 19th century Europe like a circus freak, police said Sunday. The incident in Hankey, in rural Eastern Cape province, is the latest in a spate of assaults on monuments that had,…

    AFP
  • Ex-US Ranger's long march to honor WWII hero

    ALBANY, New York (AP) — For years after Col. William O. Darby was killed in Italy in World War II, fellow soldiers would make a pilgrimage to his family's home just to talk to his mother about the fallen hero credited with forming the elite U.S. Army Rangers.

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  • Somalia's al Shabaab kills three officials, former lawmaker in Mogadishu

    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab militants killed two city council officials, a former parliamentarian and a senior prison officer in Mogadishu, police and the rebel group said on Sunday. Six people were killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying U.N. staff…

    Reuters
  • South Africa says committed to good relations with Nigeria after diplomats recalled

    South Africa remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with Nigeria after Abuja recalled its ambassador to Pretoria in the wake of attacks on immigrants, the department of international relations said on Sunday. Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche…

    Reuters
  • S. Africa braces for economic backlash from xenophobic attacks

    A wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa could provoke reprisals from neighbouring countries, raising concerns among South African business leaders and officials that the violence against foreigners could further damage the weak economy. Calls for a boycott of South African products have…

    AFP
  • Burundi president launches controversial re-election bid

    Burundi's president was on Saturday nominated as the ruling party's candidate for a third term in office, prompting complaints from the opposition and drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States. Opposition figures said the move was unconstitutional and warned that President Pierre Nkurunziza's…

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  • Tribunal tells Ghana to suspend new oil drilling in disputed waters

    An international tribunal on Saturday ordered Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in waters disputed with Ivory Coast, pending a final judgement. The African oil-producing neighbours took their case to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea after months…

    AFP
  • Crusaders, NSW and Stormers win in Super Rugby

    The Crusaders, defending champion New South Wales and Stormers all won on Saturday to boost their playoff hopes as teams approach the final straight of the Super Rugby season.

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  • UN chief names new head of Ebola mission as outbreak calms

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.N. chief on Saturday appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end.

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  • Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: Amnesty International

    By Gabriele Pileri CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa. The…

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  • Nigeria recalls envoy to South Africa over attacks on foreigners

    Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries' discontent at Pretoria's handling of attacks on immigrants. Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke had been asked to return to Nigeria for…

    Reuters