Africa News

  • Tiny Cape Verde picks big fight with drug gangs

    By David Lewis and Julio Rodrigues PRAIA (Reuters) - When Cape Verde police dismantled a drugs network preparing to smuggle tens of millions of dollars of cocaine to Europe in 2011, the operation was hailed as a rare victory against international crime by one of Africa's smallest states. Then, in…

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  • Pope says Christians, Muslims are 'brothers' in war-torn C.Africa

    Pope Francis said on Monday that Christians and Muslims were "brothers", urging them to reject hatred and violence while visiting a mosque in the Central African Republic's capital which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict. On the last leg of a three-nation tour of Africa, the leader of the…

  • Chinese president to head to Africa

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Some immigration signs at Zimbabwe's main international airport are in Chinese, a sign of China's deep economic inroads in Africa, which Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting this week.

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  • Timeline of key events in UN effort against climate change

    PARIS (AP) — After decades of warnings from scientists that greenhouse gas emissions were warming the planet, governments started coming together in the 1980s to combat the problem. Here's a timeline of key moments in the diplomatic effort to stop global warming, leading up to the U.N. climate…

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  • Pope ends Africa tour with mosque visit in besieged Muslim enclave

    By Joe Bavier and Philip Pullella BANGUI (Reuters) - Pope Francis ventured into one of the world's most dangerous neighborhoods on Monday to implore Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of hate, vendetta and bloodshed that has killed thousands over the past three years and divided a nation. …

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  • HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: report

    Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said on Monday. Despite stocks being available, the drugs often do not reach clinics because of "cumbersome…

  • More day-night Tests touted after Adelaide success

    More pink-ball day-night Test matches are planned after the spectacular success of the historic trailblazer at the Adelaide Oval, which won plaudits from fans, players and cricket chiefs. Test cricket got a pulsating makeover as Australia claimed a thrilling three-wicket win over New Zealand in…

  • Governments, investors partner to break through clean technology barriers

    By Valerie Volcovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Gates and some of the world's other richest entrepreneurs will join with governments from both rich and emerging countries on Monday to kick off the Paris climate talks by pledging billions of dollars of investment in clean energy technologies. The…

  • Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Flanked by Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets and machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers, Pope Francis plunged Sunday into conflict-wracked Central African Republic and urged the country's Christian and Muslim factions to lay down their weapons and instead arm…

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  • Brazil links dengue-like virus to birth defects in babies

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The dengue-like Zika virus has been linked for the first time to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly, Brazil's government said.

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  • 'Lay down your arms', pope says in divided Central Africa

    Pope Francis on Sunday urged the warring factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons as he brought a message of peace to a country ravaged by sectarian violence. As his plane touched down, those waiting burst into cheers and singing as he began a 24-hour visit to one of Africa's…

  • EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey's long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis.

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  • Italy mourns doctor slain near Kenya tourist spots

    An Italian doctor working for a children's NGO was killed and three Italians injured in an armed robbery on the house they were staying in close to Kenya's Indian Ocean beach resorts, the foreign ministry said Sunday. Rita Fossaceca, 51, died on Saturday in the village of Mijomboni, which is…

  • Niger's main opposition names Oumarou as election candidate

    Niger's main opposition party chose Seyni Oumarou on Sunday as its candidate to contest an election in February against President Mahamadou Issoufou who is seeking a second five-year term, party officials said. Issoufou is a key Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in West Africa…

  • Two die, 3,000 homeless in S.Africa shack fire

    Two people died and about 3,000 were left homeless when a fire destroyed 800 shacks at the Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town Sunday, officials said. "Disaster risk management and the South African Red Cross Service are on scene to co-ordinate relief efforts including providing food,…

  • 19 killed in South African minibus crash

    Johannesburg (AFP) - At least 19 people were killed when a minibus taxi burst into flames after colliding with a truck in South Africa on Sunday, local media reported.

  • Tutu says failure to act on climate will trigger social crises

    South African anti-apartheid icon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said Sunday that a failure by world leaders to take action against climate change at the Paris conference will trigger global social upheaval. "Failing to grasp the nettle will send a direct message of contempt to poorer nations and…

  • Burkina Faso votes to choose first new leader in decades

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso voted on Sunday in an election to choose the country's first new president in decades, a year after longtime leader Blaise Compaore was toppled in a popular uprising in which demonstrators faced down the security forces. A successful…