Africa News

  • Burundi president launches controversial re-election bid

    Burundi's president was on Saturday nominated as the ruling party's candidate for a third term in office, prompting complaints from the opposition and drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States. Opposition figures said the move was unconstitutional and warned that President Pierre Nkurunziza's…

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  • Tribunal tells Ghana to suspend new oil drilling in disputed waters

    An international tribunal on Saturday ordered Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in waters disputed with Ivory Coast, pending a final judgement. The African oil-producing neighbours took their case to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea after months…

    AFP
  • Crusaders, NSW and Stormers win in Super Rugby

    The Crusaders, defending champion New South Wales and Stormers all won on Saturday to boost their playoff hopes as teams approach the final straight of the Super Rugby season.

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  • UN chief names new head of Ebola mission as outbreak calms

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.N. chief on Saturday appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end.

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  • Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: Amnesty International

    By Gabriele Pileri CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa. The…

    Reuters
  • Nigeria recalls envoy to South Africa over attacks on foreigners

    Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries' discontent at Pretoria's handling of attacks on immigrants. Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke had been asked to return to Nigeria for…

    Reuters
  • Togo vote sees low turnout as president seeks third term

    Togo's presidential election on Saturday saw low turnout, likely boosting President Faure Gnassingbe chances of winning a third term and extending his family's grip on power into a second half-century. Voting ended at 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) and counting began immediately at several polling stations in…

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  • Two Nigerian soldiers die in accidental explosion: army

    Two Nigerian soldiers were killed accidentally in an explosion in the central Plateau state on Saturday as they transported ammunition meant to be destroyed, a military spokesman said. "Some of the unserviceable ammunitions exploded in the process of moving them to the demolition site in the…

    Reuters
  • West Africa battles mystery of 'post-Ebola syndrome'

    As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors. There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization…

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  • Benin votes in key test for president's controversial plans

    Benin goes to the polls this weekend in legislative elections seen as a test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose controversial plans to change the constitution could be crushed if the opposition makes gains. Boni Yayi has led the small west Africa nation since 2006 and his two-term limit expires…

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  • Europe migrant military mission faces rough seas ahead

    The Mediterranean's worst migrant shipwreck has spurred the EU to plan a military mission against people smugglers, but it will be hard to implement and risks reinforcing the image of an uncaring "Fortress Europe". After more than 700 people drowned in last weekend's tragedy off the Libyan coast,…

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  • Italian judge keeps migrant disaster ship skipper behind bars

    The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned is to remain behind bars as an Italian judge continues his inquiry into the deadly disaster. A judge in the Sicilian city of Catania on Friday ruled that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, should be kept in detention along with his…

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  • Night train kills 14 migrants 'sleeping' on Macedonia tracks

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — A group of migrants trying to reach European opportunity via what's billed by smugglers as a "safe" route — trekking along train tracks through the Balkans — was hit by an overnight train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, killing 14.

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  • South Africa suspends parliament to fight xenophobia

    South Africa's parliament will be suspended next week to enable lawmakers to return to their constituencies to spread the anti-xenophobia message, in the wake of deadly attacks on African migrants. The move is the latest in a series of government initiatives aimed at quelling weeks of violence…

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  • Western Sahara dispute spills over into nuclear arms meeting: envoys

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A fierce dispute between Morocco and African nations led by Algeria over the speaking rights of Western Sahara's Polisario Front independence movement led to the suspension of a U.N. meeting on nuclear disarmament on Friday, diplomats said. …

    Reuters
  • Weary of poverty, Senegalese migrants head for Europe

    By Daniel Flynn THIAROYE-SUR-MER, Senegal (Reuters) - After being repatriated to Senegal on a Spanish military plane having risked his life on a perilous sea crossing to the Canary Islands in 2006, Moustafa Diouf founded an association to warn young Africans of the dangers of illegal migration to…

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  • Fourteen migrants killed in Macedonia, hit by train in gorge

    By Ognen Teofilovski NEAR VELES, Macedonia (Reuters) - Fourteen migrants were killed when they were struck by a train in a narrow gorge in Macedonia late on Thursday, part of a growing tide of people trying to get to western Europe via the Balkans instead of crossing the treacherous Mediterranean.…

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  • U.N. welcomes EU migrant plan, says test is whether lives saved

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday welcomed the European Union's plan to triple the size of its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, but said the key test was whether lives were saved and war refugees gained asylum. The EU's assurances meant the operation…

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