Africa News

  • Laziz the tiger and friends leave Gaza for new life

    Gaza's last tiger left the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave Wednesday with monkeys, emus, a porcupine and other animals from a zoo dubbed the "world's worst", heading for a new life in South Africa and elsewhere. Laziz (Cutey in Arabic) the tiger and the 15 other remaining animals from the Khan…

    AFP
  • U.S. says imposes sanctions on warlord Joseph Kony's sons

    The United States said it had imposed economic sanctions on the Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony's two sons, saying they were commanders in the rebel group blamed for extreme violence in a large part of central Africa. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has been roaming the vast jungles…

    Reuters
  • Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.

    Associated Press
  • Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

    By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing region of El Salvador: to swap his coffee trees for cocoa as a warming climate hit his crop. Ayala said his plantation -…

    Reuters
  • Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called "the worst zoo in the world" and hoping to grant them a better life abroad.

    Associated Press
  • China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy

    BEIJING (AP) — On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic power technology.

    Associated Press
  • The burkini in North Africa: 'Most people don't care'

    The burkini, a body-concealing women's swimsuit that fits a conservative Islamic dress code, has stirred controversy in France, but on the beaches of North Africa, it has made few waves. On the coast of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, women are already wearing increasingly modest outfits -- but few…

    AFP
  • Nicaraguan teacher arrested for helping Congo immigrant

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police announced Tuesday that they arrested a schoolteacher earlier this month for allegedly aiding a migrant from the African nation of Congo to cross the border along with her 10-month-old baby girl.

    Associated Press
  • Montenegro's Luksic drops out of race to be next UN chief

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic withdrew from the race to be the next U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

    Associated Press
  • Fugitive tech CEO expected to plead guilty in fraud case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive former technology company CEO who frustrated federal authorities by living comfortably in exile in southwest Africa for the past 10 years has agreed to return to the United States to face charges he hatched a scheme to pocket millions of dollars by secretly manipulating…

    Associated Press
  • Ghana president orders men who threatened judges freed from jail

    Ghana President John Mahama has decreed the early release of three men convicted over death threats against Supreme Court judges made during a panel discussion broadcast on a local radio station. The case was part of a bid by authorities to ensure stability ahead of a presidential election in…

    Reuters
  • Prejudice rife despite pro-gay laws: Tutu's daughter

    Desmond Tutu's daughter on Tuesday slammed rampant prejudice against homosexuals and the poor compliance with laws protecting the rights of gays and lesbians in Africa. "The reality is that in much of Africa homophobic laws are tolerated and even in the places where the laws and the rights or…

    AFP
  • Nigeria: Air raid 'fatally wounds' Boko Haram leader

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military said Tuesday it believes an airstrike has "fatally wounded" Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and killed about 300 militants, but there was no way to confirm yet another claim of the death of Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader.

    Associated Press
  • Last animals set to leave 'world's worst zoo' in Gaza

    A team of foreign veterinarians began taking measures on Tuesday to evacuate the last surviving animals from a zoo in the Gaza Strip that has been dubbed "the world's worst". In front of each cage of the zoo in Khan Yunis, one of the vets stops and fires an anaesthetic dart into monkeys, birds,…

    AFP
  • Team South Africa receives heroes welcome after Rio

    South Africa's Olympic medallists including track star Caster Semenya received a heroes welcome Tuesday when they arrived from the Games in Brazil. Hundreds of people gathered at Johannesburg's main airport cheered for the team which received a total of 10 medals, with gold from Wayde Van Niekerk…

    AFP
  • Morocco posts fall in foreign tourist arrivals

    Morocco has announced a 5.6 percent drop in foreign tourist arrivals for the first half of 2016, with holidaymakers apparently put off by unrest and attacks across the region. Morocco has been spared unrest triggered by the Arab Spring revolts that have rocked North Africa and the Middle East…

    AFP
  • England ponder triple spin attack against Pakistan

    England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said his team could take the unusual option of playing three spinners in their opening one-day international against Pakistan at Southampton on Wednesday. For much of the time, in both Test and ODI cricket, recent England teams have been content to…

    AFP