Africa News

  • Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup'

    Lesotho's prime minister is set to return home Tuesday after three days in exile in neighbouring South Africa, as regional mediators seek to reinstall him to power after an apparent coup. "We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele, an advisor to Prime…

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  • Beale, White axed after All Blacks flogging

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie Tuesday dropped Kurtley Beale and Nic White for the Rugby Championship clash against South Africa following the Wallabies' 51-20 humiliation by New Zealand. Beale and White were preferred for the opening two rounds but McKenzie reverted to Bernard Foley and Nick…

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  • Beale dropped for Wallabies-Springboks clash

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has abandoned the experiment of using Kurtley Beale at flyhalf and named the New South Wales Waratahs halves pairing of Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa.

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  • Ivory Coast must host match or face Cup of Nations

    African football giants Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they do not host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday, the African Football Confederation (CAF) told AFP on Monday. The Ivory Coast government had said it was refusing to allow the game to…

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  • Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease.

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  • U.N. to send investigators to Iraq to investigate Islamic State crimes

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them. The forum adopted a resolution presented by France and Iraq without a vote,…

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  • Kenyan commandos on frontline of poaching war

    With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the "war" against poaching. As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping…

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  • Saudi suspends labour visas for nations worst-hit by Ebola

    Saudi Arabia has stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst-hit by the deadly Ebola virus, the labour ministry announced Monday. The virus, for which there is no treatment or vaccine, has claimed 1,552 lives out of 3,069 reported cases -- 694 in…

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  • 9 African wrestlers barred from worlds

    VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of wrestling says nine athletes cannot compete at the upcoming world championships because of travel restrictions imposed since the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa.

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  • Rwanda disqualification from African Cup upheld

    The Confederation of African Football upheld a decision to throw Rwanda out of the African Cup for fielding an ineligible player, saying the country's federation knew that striker Dady Birori had a "double identity" and was using different names and passports for club and international games.

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  • Michael Clarke heads home for treatment

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Cricket Australia says captain Michael Clarke is heading home for treatment after re-injuring his hamstring in the three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe on Sunday.

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  • Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

    A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting. Maseru district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo told AFP a mass rally planned by forces opposing Prime Minister Tom…

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  • WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

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  • Otto wins Italian Open; Gallacher comes up short

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa held on to claim a second Italian Open victory by two shots on Sunday, while Stephen Gallacher came up just short of an automatic Ryder Cup spot after finishing third.

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  • Egypt delays deadline for criticized NGO registry

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities pushed back Sunday a deadline for local and international non-government organizations to register under a restrictive law or risk being shut down, a decision that was criticized as a way to silence critics of the government, a government official said.

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  • Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday.

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  • Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there, officials said.

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  • Ebola epidemic decimating health workers in Guinea

    Working at breakneck speed, the nurses rush between departments at Guinea's largest hospital, wearing gloves they have bought at their own expense to protect themselves against the Ebola virus. The often chronically under-resourced staff of Donka hospital in the capital Conakry -- like health…

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