Africa News

  • Ethiopia's ruling party sweeps parliament in early vote results

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won a big majority in parliament, election officials said on Wednesday, based on an early count in a weekend election in which the opposition complained of harassment. Charges of abuses were dismissed by Prime…

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  • C. Africa slams France for not sharing soldier child abuse claims

    The Central African Republic's transitional president Catherine Samba Panza accused France on Wednesday of keeping her in the dark about allegations of child sex abuse by French peacekeepers in her country. "We have simply regretted not being informed much earlier that the investigation was taking…

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  • Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty

    Amnesty International accused the Islamist movement Hamas Wednesday of committing war crimes against fellow Palestinians to "settle scores" during last year's Gaza war with Israel, executing at least 23 people. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions,…

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  • UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

    ROME (AP) — The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

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  • Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon

    PARIS (AP) — France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum, in a rare and highly symbolic ceremony aimed at uniting the French against extremism and anti-Semitism.

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  • Zanzibar police beef up fight against sexual, physical abuse of women

    RISING WAVE OF ASSAULTS Zanzibar has started to roll out gender and children desks in all police stations in Unguja and Pemba islands as part of a broader government policy to curb the rising wave of sexual assaults against women and children, officials said. At Bububu police station, in…

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  • UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall

    The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday. "The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the…

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  • Gunmen try to kill Libya's recognized prime minister

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya's internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said.

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  • Ton-up Malik helps Pakistan outbat Zimbabwe

    Shoaib Malik hit his first century in six years to help Pakistan outbat Zimbabwe in the first day-night international by 41 runs in Lahore on Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Malik, playing his first one-dayer after two years, notched up a 76-ball 112 with 12 fours and two…

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  • Greenpeace calls for probe into DR Congo wood trade

    Greenpeace on Tuesday called on the United States, Europe and China to launch probes into companies selling lumber from the Democratic Republic of Congo where illegal logging is damaging the country's forests. The report is the result of a two-year Greenpeace investigation into the logging…

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  • Nigerian goalkeeper banned 1 year for spitting at official

    CAIRO (AP) — A Nigerian goalkeeper was banned for a year for spitting at an assistant referee and clubs were handed fines totaling $85,000 in disciplinary decisions announced by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday.

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  • Researchers find Ebola 'Achilles heel': study

    US researchers believe they may have pinpointed the Achilles heel of the Ebola virus, which could hold the key to developing an effective preventative vaccine, a study reported Tuesday. Research published in the latest issue of mBio, the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology,…

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  • El Nino seen bringing drought to Brazil's north, heavy rains to south

    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil will likely experience a moderate El Nino by the end of the year, bringing steady rain to the country's main grain producing regions and sustained drought in the arid north, the national meteorological institute, Inmet, said. Inmet meteorologist…

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  • Air France faces probe after jet flies near mountain

    By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - French investigators have opened a probe after an Air France jet with some three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa in early May, according to information published by France's BEA air accident agency. The Boeing…

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  • Bones exhumed from slain ex-leader's Burkina grave

    Bones have been recovered from a grave believed to contain the remains of Burkina Faso's assassinated ex-president Thomas Sankara, a lawyer for his family told AFP on Tuesday. "I can confirm that in the tomb believed to be that of Thomas Sankara, remains have been exhumed," said lawyer Benewende…

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  • Ethiopia elections 'credible', AU observers say

    General elections held on Sunday in Ethiopia were "credible" and in line with African Union standards, AU observers said Tuesday. "The Ethiopian Parliamentary elections were generally consistent with the AU guidelines on the conduct of elections in Africa," said a preliminary report on the polls…

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  • US man dies from Lassa fever

    A US man died of a rare African virus in New Jersey after returning from West Africa but the risk of contagion is very low, US health authorities said Tuesday. The man died of Lassa fever, New Jersey health authorities and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Although the…

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  • Failed migrants return home to Senegal after Libya ordeal

    By Bate Felix DAKAR (Reuters) - Scores of Senegalese migrants returned home on Tuesday after they were detained by Libyan authorities and imprisoned for months when they tried to reach Europe illegally. Some 145 flew back to the Senegalese capital of Dakar once authorities in Tripoli released…

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