Africa News

  • No strings attached: African Union seeks financial independence

    African leaders have agreed in principle to impose a flurry of taxes in a bid to finance their pan-African bloc, set up to push the continent's diplomatic agenda but dependent on foreign handouts. After a two-day summit held in the African Union's Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian…

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  • Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigeria's main city: witnesses

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents attacked the outskirts of northeast Nigeria's main city Maiduguri on Sunday, engaging in a gun battle with soldiers that killed at least eight people, witnesses and a security source said. Militant group Boko Haram has killed…

    Reuters
  • Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

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  • Saints get Ward-Prowse boost ahead of Swansea clash

    James Ward-Prowse has added to the upbeat mood at Southampton by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract ahead of the visit of Swansea City to St Maryâ s Stadium on Sunday. The midfielder, 20, has been rewarded for his impressive efforts during a campaign that left Saints in third spot, five…

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  • Ivorians set for Algeria showdown, Guinea look for more luck

    The Ivory Coast and pre-tournament favourites Algeria go head to head in Malabo on Sunday in what has the makings of a classic quarter-final at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana and Guinea meet in the first of a double-header of last-eight ties in Equatorial Guinea's capital earlier in the day…

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  • So near yet so far for Congo coach Le Roy

    A lapse in concentration and a lack of experience prevented Congo Brazzaville from continuing their dream Africa Cup of Nations run into the semi-finals, according to coach Claude Le Roy. On Saturday, they were 2-0 up on DR Congo with 25 minutes remaining in their quarter-final tie in Bata before…

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  • Win 'almost a miracle' says Equatorial Guinea coach

    Esteban Becker refused to get into a debate about the referee after his Equatorial Guinea side beat Tunisia 2-1 after extra time in a contoversial Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final on Saturday. The tournament hosts trailed heading into injury time in Bata, only to win a soft penalty for a foul…

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  • Equatorial Guinea stun Tunisia to reach semis

    Former Real Madrid winger Javier Balboa scored twice as hosts Equatorial Guinea reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a stunning 2-1 extra-time victory over Tunisia on Saturday. The quarter-final winner came 12 minutes into extra time in port city Bata when Balboa superbly curled a…

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  • Kenyan president says ICC case against deputy will fail

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has told fellow African leaders that the International Criminal Court's crimes against humanity trial of his deputy will collapse, and again levelled fierce criticism against the tribunal. Both Kenyatta and Ruto were charged by the ICC over the the country's…

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  • Guinea's Traore calls for united front

    Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) (AFP) - Guinea's stand-in captain Ibrahima Traore had strong words for his country's media as he called for a united front ahead of Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against Ghana in Malabo.

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  • Mugabe shrugs off concerns over African Union-West relations

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chairman would harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West. "What the West will say or do is not my business," Mugabe told a news conference at the close of two-day African…

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  • Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.

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  • Diminutive Traore the star turn for Guinea

    Guinea's place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals may have ultimately been won in a hotel meeting room, but that they got there at all was in large part down to Ibrahima Traore. Traore was not present when Amara Dabo, the financial director of Guinea's sports ministry, picked out the…

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  • South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks…

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  • DR Congo says offensive against Hutu rebels underway

    Congolese government troops have started their long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country, the DR Congo's foreign minister said Saturday. The Kinshasa government and the international community had given the FDLR -- the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of…

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  • Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

    As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic. The outbreak is a priority on the agenda of the 54-nation African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on…

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  • Mourinho in combat mode as City come calling

    Both teams were dumped out of the FA Cup by lower-league opposition last weekend, but while Chelsea responded by beating Liverpool in the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, victory came at a price. Diego Costa seems certain to miss City's visit after being charged for stamping on Liverpool's Emre…

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