Africa News

  • Is this beginning of the end for South Africa's Zuma?

    A series of setbacks in beleaguered South African President Jacob Zuma's battle against corruption allegations has sparked fresh speculation that he could be forced out of office. Controversy over millions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on his rural home and the dropping of graft charges…

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  • Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

    By Diadie Ba and Saliou Samb DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign…

    Reuters39 mins ago
  • Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old.

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  • Nigeria monitors 160 after Ebola kills doctor in oil city

    Some 160 people are being medically monitored in Nigeria's oil-producing hub Port Harcourt after a doctor died from the virus, the local government said on Friday. We are in touch with them constantly and they also call us to tell us their condition," Rivers State health commissioner Sampson…

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  • Otto takes lead with 62; Gallacher gains momentum

    FIANO, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup also gained momentum.

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  • South Africa beat Zimbabwe despite Utseya hat-trick

    Prosper Utseya became just the second Zimbabwean to take a hat-trick in a one-day international but South Africa still pulled off a 61-run victory in Friday's triangular series clash. Utseya sparked a remarkable collapse as he claimed the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller…

    AFP
  • Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing to the country the first confirmed case of the dreaded disease that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.

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  • Missionaries who were exposed to Ebola released from U.S. quarantine

    WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Missionaries who were quarantined in North Carolina to ensure they were not infected with Ebola while working in Liberia have been released without showing signs of the virus, a local government spokesman said on Friday. Health officials in Charlotte required the…

    Reuters
  • SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

    Associated Press
  • Suspected Islamists attack UN camp in northern Mali

    Suspected armed Islamist extremists on Friday fired rockets at a camp of the UN mission in Mali in the north of the country, a Malian security source said. The attackers fired four rockets at the MINUSMA base close to the border with Algeria at about 4:00 am (0400 GMT), the source told AFP, but…

    AFP
  • Utseya gets hat-trick for Zimbabwe

    Prosper Utseya became just the second Zimbabwean to take a hat-trick in a one-day international as South Africa were bowled out for 231 on Friday. Utseya sparked a remarkable collapse as he claimed the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller from consecutive deliveries before…

    AFP
  • Amla skippers South Africa against Zimbabwe

    Harare (AFP) - Hashim Amla took charge of South Africa for their triangular series clash with Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday as AB de Villiers sat out following his exertions against Australia.

    AFP
  • Somalia takes Kenya to U.N. court in oil rights row

    Somalia filed a suit against Kenya at the U.N.'s highest court, seeking to resolve a long-running dispute over lucrative oil reserves in the Indian Ocean. Somalia asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to determine the maritime boundary between the coastal nations, which disagree…

    Reuters
  • Rwanda court delays verdict in 'attack plot' officer trial

    A Rwandan court Friday said it would consider potential fresh evidence in the trial of an ex-army officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, delaying the expected verdict. Joel Mutabazi, a former member of the presidential guard protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled the country in…

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  • Madonsela: S.Africa's fearless public protector takes on Zuma

    Named this year by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people, South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would probably top the government's list of the most irritating. The softly-spoken 51-year-old mother of two has shown a steely resistance to political pressure in…

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  • Somalia sues Kenya at top UN court over maritime border

    Somalia took its maritime border dispute with Kenya to the United Nations' top court on Thursday, which could decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves off east Africa. The dispute has been simmering for years, keeping investors away because of the lack of legal clarity over…

    AFP