Africa News

  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • THE LATEST: Figo slams Blatter again after FIFA election

    ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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  • 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…

  • 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.

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  • Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

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

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  • 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.

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  • Nigeria's Buhari sworn in as president after historic win

    Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria's new president on Friday, vowing to tackle the country's many problems "head on", including Boko Haram, at a ceremony rich with military pomp and cultural tradition. A 21-gun salute rang out across the capital, Abuja, after he took the oath of office…

  • What lies ahead for FIFA and Sepp Blatter in his 5th term

    ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA election is won and done. Sepp Blatter's problems, however, are far from over.

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  • Twin bombs in Nigeria's Borno state kill seven and injure 12

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - At least seven people died and 12 were injured when twin bomb blasts by suspected Boko Haram militants struck a wedding party in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Friday, locals said. The explosions, two minutes apart, hit the remote town of Tashan Alade at…

  • Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq

    Foreign fighters bent on joining jihadists in Syria, Iraq and North Africa are changing tactics to avoid detection, increasingly resorting to tortuous travel routes and relying on middlemen, Interpol said Friday. Interpol chief Juergen Stock told a special UN Security Council meeting that…

  • AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s mishandling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief…

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  • Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Palestine unexpectedly dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international football on Friday amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress. Instead, soccer's governing body agreed to send observers to monitor the freedom of players and officials to…

  • Buhari vows to tackle Nigeria's problems 'head on'

    Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to tackle the nation's problems "head on" and an intensified fight against Boko Haram in his inaugural speech after taking the oath of office on Friday. The new president, who is an observant Muslim, said he would set up a new military command…