Africa News

  • Oil markets face uncertain future as OPEC targets competitors

    Abu Dhabi (AFP) - The determination of powerful Gulf OPEC members to stifle competition from new oil producers has left the global energy market reeling and sparked unprecedented uncertainty, officials and experts say.

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  • Twin bomb blasts in northeast Nigeria bus station kill 20

    By Isaac Abrak and Lanre Ola ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two bomb explosions at a bus station in the northeast Nigeria on Monday killed at least 20 people and wounded 40, an emergency services official said, and witnesses said many of the victims had rushed in to help those wounded in the…

    Reuters
  • Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.

    Associated Press
  • Presidents meet to discuss peace in South Sudan

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president met with the leaders of Tanzania and Uganda on Monday for talks on the South Sudan peace process, South Africa's government said.

    Associated Press
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  • Ukraine threatens to cut off power to rebel-held regions if usage not curbed

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine may stop supplying electricity to separatist-held eastern regions if the territories do not adhere to consumption limits imposed across the country due to an energy crisis, an energy ministry official said on Monday. Ukraine used to be self-sufficient in electricity, but…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it's easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there — recycled into road…

    Associated Press
  • Remembering tsunami: Bodies, debris and silence

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP…

    Associated Press
  • S. Africa's Zuma in 'perfect condition' after health scare

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday declared that he was in "perfect condition", in his first comments allaying concerns over his health following his hospitalisation in June. Zuma told the public broadcaster SABC television in a year-end interview that the elections earlier in the year…

    AFP
  • S.Africa's Zuma vows to stop opposition from disrupting him

    South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday vowed to stop opposition lawmakers, who had hounded him out of parliament, to disrupt the national assembly. Zuma was in August forced to abandon his speech and leave parliament when lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party…

    AFP
  • Protesters demand justice for Burkina legend Sankara

    Ouagadougou (AFP) - Hundreds of people placed brooms on the grave of the former Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara on Sunday in a symbolic gesture to demand justice for the revolutionary hero killed in a 1987 coup.

    AFP
  • Ivory Coast's long-awaited toll bridge opens to traffic

    Thousands of Ivorian pedestrians and motorists flocked to Abidjan's new toll bridge on Sunday as the long-awaited crossing, which is expected to boost trade in the world's top cocoa producer, opened to traffic. The 1.5 kilometre-long bridge is the third road link across the lagoon in Ivory Coast's…

    AFP
  • Willett narrowly earns spot in Masters

    LONDON (AP) — Danny Willett of England is going to the Masters for the first time with a little help from the world ranking formula.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa call up new boy Rossouw

    Left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw was named on Sunday to replace injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock in South Africa’s squad for the remaining two Test matches against the West Indies. De Kock was ruled out of the Tests and limited overs matches of the West Indian tour after tearing ankle…

    AFP
  • Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region

    Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram. Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on…

    AFP
  • Mozambique rescues kidnapped 'drug baron'

    Mozambique police have rescued a wealthy businessman branded a "drug baron" by the US government who was kidnapped in Maputo more than a month ago, state media said Sunday. Momade Bachir Suleman was freed in a dawn operation Saturday in Macia town, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of the…

    AFP
  • Numbers that tell story of 2004 tsunami disaster

    Facts and figures from the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Sources include the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and UNESCO:

    Associated Press
  • Tsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of death

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP…

    Associated Press