Africa News

  • Kerry visits Djibouti, U.S. military base as Yemen conflict drags on

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Djibouti on Wednesday for talks with the government and to visit a key U.S. military base from where pilots fly missions over Yemen and Somalia. The tiny Horn of Africa nation overlooking the Gulf of Aden has become an important center for Washington's…

    Reuters
  • Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

    After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt. Sexual violence is widespread in Somalia and rarely prosecuted. "We are fighting to change that attitude of blaming the…

    AFP
  • AP Interview: Uganda's president says he's the one bullied

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There is so much freedom in Uganda that it's nearly anarchy, the country's president joked, stepping carefully around what's an open secret back home: Yoweri Museveni will run for yet another term next year, and surely he will win.

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  • Residents' control is best answer to threat of deforestation: researchers

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Expanding agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation around the world, and giving local residents greater control over forested land leads to better environmental management, forest researchers said on Wednesday. Expanding agriculture…

    Reuters
  • Gunmen rob S.African ex-striker McCarthy at barbers

    South Africa's record goalscorer and Champions League winner Benni McCarthy was robbed at gun point Tuesday while having a hair cut in Johannesburg, his agent said. Three gunmen stormed a barber's shop in Johannesburg's Melrose suburb robbing the 37-year-old of his wedding ring, watch and other…

    AFP
  • Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls.

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  • Armed groups in C. African Republic agree to free children

    BANGUI, Central Africa Republic (AP) — Armed groups in Central African Republic have agreed to release any children they are holding and not to recruit child soldiers, the United Nations Children's Agency said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Italy navy chief sceptical of Australia solution to migrant crisis

    An Italian navy chief on Tuesday poured cold water on suggestions Europe should adopt Australia's policy of turning back migrant boats to end the current crisis in the Mediterranean. A surge in both the numbers of migrants reaching Europe from north Africa and deaths at sea have led to calls for…

    AFP
  • U.S.' Kerry talks diplomatic ties on surprise visit to Somalia

    By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The United States will begin the process of reestablishing a diplomatic mission in Somalia after a more than 20-year break, John Kerry said on Tuesday as he became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Horn of Africa nation. Western nations have…

    Reuters
  • Niger removes 4,000 Nigerian refugees from Lake Chad island

    Niger has evacuated thousands of Nigerian refugees sheltering from Boko Haram fighters on Lake Chad's Karamga island, a military official told Reuters on Tuesday, as the armies of four west African nations battle to quash the Islamist militants. A regional governor in southern Niger said last week…

    Reuters
  • Zimbabwe to import 700,000 tonnes of corn to avert hunger

    Zimbabwe will import 700,000 tonnes of corn to avert hunger after annual crop yields shrunk by nearly half due to poor rains, the national television network reported Tuesday. "The final crop assessment report shows that the country's maize production went down by 49 percent, hence the need to…

    AFP
  • AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

    LONDON (AP) — A new British royal princess was born last week in London — Charlotte Elizabeth Diana — capturing the attention of the world's press.

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  • Central Africa armed groups vow to free thousands of child soldiers

    Leaders of armed groups in strife-ravaged Central African Republic agreed Tuesday to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment, UNICEF said. The United Nations children's agency described the news as a "major step forward" in the country, where it estimates 6,000 to…

    AFP
  • Central African Republic militias agree to free child soldiers: U.N.

    By Crispin Dembassa-Kette and Tom Miles BANGUI/GENEVA (Reuters) - Armed factions in Central African Republic agreed on Tuesday to free all child soldiers and other children used as sex slaves or menial workers, boosting U.N.-driven efforts at national reconciliation after two years of turmoil. …

    Reuters
  • Forty migrants reported drowned in Mediterranean: Save the Children

    Around forty migrants died in the Mediterranean on Sunday, according to survivors of the journey who arrived on the southern Italian island of Sicily on Tuesday, local Save the Children spokeswoman Giovanna Di Benedetto said. The deaths were reported by some of the roughly 240 migrants from Ghana,…

    Reuters
  • John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

    John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation. The top US diplomat was spending just a few hours in the capital, Mogadishu, and was not scheduled to leave the confines of the fortified airport where he…

    AFP
  • Syria's Aleppo suffering 'daily crimes against humanity': Amnesty

    Syrian government forces are committing "crimes against humanity" by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it also criticised rebels for abuses including "war crimes". In a new report, the rights watchdog said "relentless" government aerial bombardment of…

    AFP
  • ARU settles with ex-rugby official in text message scandal

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union has reached a settlement with a former Wallabies business manager who quit last year in the wake of a text message scandal involving a player.

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