Africa News

  • Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

    LONDON (AP) — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.

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  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday.

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  • Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to.

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  • Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a "foreign poacher" who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday. In Harare's first official comments since…

    Reuters
  • NATO agrees on support package for Iraq

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies agreed Friday on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices.

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  • UN Ebola mission winds down, WHO takes reins in West Africa

    LONDON (AP) — The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is officially winding down Friday, handing its leadership role and senior staff to the Geneva-based World Health Organization as efforts to contain the deadly virus continue.

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  • Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

    An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, said researchers Friday, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands. The serum was 100-percent effective, after a week, in more than 7,600 people…

    AFP
  • Ebola: The epidemic's timeline

    According to the latest toll given by the World Health Organization (WHO), the epidemic has left 11,279 dead, mainly in the west African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, out of around 27,748 cases. - December 6, 2013: A two-year-old child dies in southern Guinea and is later identified…

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  • Ebola: Three questions about the killer virus

    The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed almost 11,300 people in west Africa since December 2013 and has fuelled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified. Like AIDS, which began in Kinshasa in the 1920s before spreading worldwide, according to a recent study, Ebola was…

    AFP
  • Bangladesh-South Africa 2nd day rained out

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Heavy showers from tropical storm Komen washed out the entire second day of the second test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Friday.

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  • South African police says American woman killed in Cape Town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A 39-year-old American woman was killed in a hotel room in Cape Town this week and a murder suspect of Guatemalan origin has been arrested, South African police said Friday.

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  • Plane debris washing up thousands of kilometers away has precedent

    For Australian boating enthusiast Stephen Knight, the news of plane debris washing up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week didn't come as a surprise. A Malaysian official and aviation experts have said the piece of debris, a 2-2.5 meters (6.5-8 feet) long wing surface…

    Reuters
  • Chad reintroduces death penalty with anti-terror law

    N'Djamena (AFP) - Chad reintroduced the death penalty just six months after its abolition, as legislators passed a stringent anti-terror bill in the face of a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks. After suffering two suicide bombings in a month, including one in a bustling market in the capital…

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  • Giteau returns to Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe Cup

    SYDNEY (AP) — Matt Giteau has recovered from a sternum injury and been included in an extended 31-man Australia squad for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

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  • Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack

    SYDNEY (AP) — A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.

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  • US launches investigation into killing of 'Cecil the lion'

    US authorities launched an investigation into the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, as the American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage. Trophy hunter Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion earlier this month after the feline was allegedly lured out of…

    AFP
  • MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

    DENVER (AP) — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national teams have done their part, too.

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  • UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching

    The United Nations called on its member states Thursday to work harder in combatting poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinoceroses. The General Assembly resolution was the first of its kind but not legally binding. The assembly expressed concern over what it called a steady…

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