Africa News

  • Loyalists retake Yemen's biggest airbase in new blow for rebels

    Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition retook Yemen's biggest airbase from Iran-backed rebels on Tuesday in a significant new gain after their recapture of second city Aden last month. Hailing victory in the battle for Al-Anad, the defence ministry vowed there would be no let-up in…

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  • After Cecil outcry, major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments

    Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion last month. American Airlines said on Tuesday it would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the…

    Reuters
  • Van der Burgh lowers own world record in 50 breast at worlds

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa improved his own world record in the 50-meter breaststroke on Tuesday at the swimming world championships.

    Associated Press
  • El Nino has emerged and expected to strengthen: Australian weather bureau

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - An El Nino is now well established and continues to strengthen, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, with models indicating that sea-surface temperature anomalies in the central Pacific Ocean are set to climb to the highest in 19 years. The El Nino,…

    Reuters
  • ICC must investigate Ivorian president's camp for wartime abuses: HRW

    The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Since 2011, the Hague-based court's chief prosecutor Fatou…

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  • 11 soldiers killed in attack on Mali camp: government

    Eleven soldiers were killed Monday in a "terrorist" attack on their camp in northern Mali's Timbuktu region, a government statement said, an assault claimed by Al-Qaeda's front group in the region. Jihadist attacks have long been concentrated in Mali's north, but began spreading at the beginning…

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  • China's foreign minister to visit Ebola-affected countries

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaves this week on a visit to three of the African nations hardest hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it broke out in December 2013. China, Africa's biggest…

    Reuters
  • Sudan says Bashir plans to speak at U.N. summit in New York

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges, is planning to travel to New York in September to speak at the United Nations, Sudan's deputy U.N. envoy said on…

    Reuters
  • Burundi rights activist wounded in shooting

    Tensions soared in Burundi on Monday as a leading human rights activist was wounded in a shooting just a day after a top general and right-hand man to President Pierre Nkurunziza was assassinated. Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, who had publicly opposed Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term,…

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  • Hunters in Africa say they have a role in conservation

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In 1909-10, Theodore Roosevelt headed a Smithsonian hunting and trapping expedition in Africa that included colleagues who prepared the wildlife he killed for shipment back to America. The former U.S. president and his son, Kermit, shot hundreds of animals.

    Associated Press
  • French minister asks UK for more help to combat migrant smuggling networks

    France's interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said he had called on Britain to provide more help in dismantling illegal immigration networks as the two countries deepen cooperation to tackle a migrant crisis at the French port of Calais. Cazeneuve told French newspaper La Croix in an interview…

    Reuters
  • S.African court postpones Malema corruption trial

    Firebrand South African politician Julius Malema on Monday demanded his day in court after his long-delayed trial for corruption was once again postponed, three years after he was initially charged. Malema, who heads the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is accused of fraud, corruption,…

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  • Yemen loyalists battle rebels for key airbase

    Loyalist forces began a major offensive Monday aimed at retaking Yemen's largest airbase which is held by rebels, as troops from the Saudi-led coalition entered recaptured second city Aden. The pro-government troops deployed heavy armour supplied by their backers in the assault on Al-Anad base,…

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  • Immigrants in Germany swell to record high 11 million

    The number of immigrants living in Germany rose by 3.7 percent last year to a record high of 11 million and a fifth of the population is of a migrant background, the Federal Statistics Office said on Monday. The figures highlight Germany's growing reliance on foreign-born workers to drive its…

    Reuters
  • S.Africa's ombudsman bemoans attacks on Nkandla report

    South Africa's public ombudsman on Monday bemoaned attacks against her report into President Jacob Zuma's $24 million state-funded upgrades to his private residence. The Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said her office had experienced unprecedented criticism after findings last year that…

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  • Sjostrom and Hosszu set world marks at swim championships

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — The women are getting it done at the world swimming championships.

    Associated Press
  • Outcry after journalist beaten in Burundi

    Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders lashed out Monday at the "despicable assault" against an AFP reporter in Burundi, who says he was detained and badly beaten after a top general was assassinated. Esdras Ndikumana, a prominent Burundian journalist who works for Agence France-Presse and Radio…

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