Africa News

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

    SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) — Instead of celebrating Christmas in her home, Rina Vor and her four young children were huddled in a church Thursday along with hundreds of other survivors of a rebel massacre that killed 72 members of her tribe. Vor said she putting her kids to sleep in her village in…

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  • Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

    Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities this year in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others.

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  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.

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  • Queen Elizabeth II praises workers who fight Ebola

    SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II will use her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

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  • 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.

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  • Pope likely to address year of conflicts in Christmas message

    Pope Francis will celebrate Christmas on Thursday by sending the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others his traditional "urbi et orbi" message at the close of a year plagued by war and religious fundamntalism. In his second Christmas blessing, the popular Argentine pontiff is…

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban's former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six. Today, 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion…

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  • International 'tragedy' on Europe's brutal African borders

    Just across the sea from the sunny tourist beaches of southern Spain where many Europeans spend their Christmas holidays, a violent crisis is intensifying on Europe's borders with Africa. Every week, hundreds of Africans try to scramble over the high fences that encircle Ceuta and Melilla, two…

  • Uganda takes on the chocolate market

    On a sprawling, lush cocoa plantation in Mukono outside the Ugandan capital Kampala, farmers have been sampling chocolate for the first time ever. "When we gave our farm manager the first product to taste his face was so amazing, he was saying 'really this is coming out from what we are doing?'"…

  • US removes Gambia from trade agreement

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government's decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

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  • Pope, on Christmas Eve, urges world to be open to God

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of…

  • Madagascar pardons five political prisoners after reconciliation

    Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Wednesday pardoned five political prisoners who had got stiff prison sentences for allegedly plotting against his predecessor, who took power in a coup. The five men bore allegiance to former president Marc Ravalomanana and were accused of…

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.

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  • Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Alice Marke and her family aren't celebrating Christmas the way they used to: The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night.

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  • S.Africa's Zuma denies hinting at getting fifth wife

    South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday denied media local reports that he has hinted he may be ready to take a fifth wife to accompany him through old age. In a statement titled "holiday legends", the presidency said a journalist from The Star, a leading newspaper, had "misunderstood" a…

  • Zimbabweans give new coins the cold shoulder

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Coins introduced by Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank earlier this month are receiving a cold reception from locals who are fearful this could be the first step to replacing the U.S dollar with the ruined Zimbabwean dollar.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Shinzo Abe won endorsement Wednesday to serve another term as prime minister after winning a renewed mandate for his "Abenomics" strategies for reviving the world's third-biggest economy. Abe was expected to appoint a former military officer, Gen Nakatani, as defense minister but to…

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