Africa News

  • FIFA says Valcke not behind $10m payment in corruption probe

    ZURICH (AP) — Amid a deepening corruption crisis within soccer's governing body, FIFA defended its second-in-command on Tuesday by trying to distance him from claims he helped authorize $10 million in bribes for World Cup bidding votes.

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • Barclay, 2 uncapped South Africans in Scotland's RWC squad

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Flanker John Barclay was picked by Scotland for the first time in two years on Tuesday, plus two uncapped South African-born players in a 46-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup.

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • Ex-Nigeria governor turns himself in to anti-graft agency

    The former governor of Nigeria's Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, has turned himself in for questioning at the country's anti-graft agency following claims of money laundering, a spokesman said Tuesday. Nyako, 72, was impeached by lawmakers in the northeast state last year after he announced his…

    AFP39 mins ago
  • FIFA denies Blatter's aide approved $10 million payment

    FIFA on Tuesday admitted that it had processed a $10 million payment from South Africa to a disgraced football official but denied that the world body's secretary general Jerome Valcke was involved. FIFA said that a former finance committee chief who died last year, Argentine Julio Grondona,…

  • Slaves who died in 1794 Cape Town shipwreck to be remembered

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Amid rain and wind, South African and American researchers held a memorial service for slaves who died when the Portuguese ship that was carrying them into bondage sank while sailing to Brazil in 1794.

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  • French police clear migrant camps in Paris, Calais

    French authorities Tuesday cleared hundreds of migrants from two camps, one under a subway bridge in Paris and the other in the northern port of Calais. The raids on the grotty, makeshift settlements come as European countries debate what to do about the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the…

  • Paris police evacuate 100s of migrants in tent camp

    PARIS (AP) — Paris police started evacuating hundreds of migrants Tuesday from a tent camp near a major train station and tourist area — a patch of increasingly crowded pavement that has become a symbol of Europe's struggle in facing a surge of migrants.

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  • West Indies upbeat over Australia Test challenge

    West Indies and Australia will lock horns in Dominica on Wednesday with the visitors expected to extend their 20-year dominance over the Caribbean team in the short Test series. Australia, who head to England immediately after the second Test in Jamaica to defend the Ashes, have suffered a…

  • S.African lion to be isolated after killing US tourist

    The lion that killed an American tourist at a privately-run game park outside Johannesburg will be moved to an isolated enclosure but the venue will remain open to the public, officials said Tuesday. A 22-year-old American woman was killed on Monday when the lion leapt through her open car window…

  • Swiss slammed for closing DR Congo 'dirty gold' case

    Activists on Tuesday accused Swiss authorities of encouraging impunity, after prosecutors shut a case against a company suspected of laundering gold pillaged by armed groups in Democratic Republic of Congo. The Swiss attorney general's office decided in March to close a case against Argor-Heraeus,…

  • French police clear migrant camp in Paris

    Dozens of French law enforcement officers on Tuesday cleared several hundred African migrants from a camp under a subway bridge in northern Paris. More than 350 refugees, most of them from Sudan, but also from Eritrea, Somalia and Egypt, have been living in the makeshift camp below the metro…

  • Indonesia rescues 65 'after Australian navy towed away' asylum boat

    Indonesian authorities have rescued 65 asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia after their boat ran aground on a reef, Indonesian police said on Tuesday. An Australian opposition politician said the boat had run aground after being towed away by the Australian navy, underscoring the risk to…

  • South African leftist leader wins tax battle

    The South African tax department on Monday withdrew its legal case against high-profile politician Julius Malema, allowing the vocal government critic to keep his seat in parliament. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) had accused Malema, the charismatic leader of the populist Economic…

  • Exclusive: Air France faces new safety probe after freighter scare

    By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said. The mistake over the plane's weight was…

  • S.Africa shipwreck a 'milestone' in slave trade study

    The discovery of a wrecked slave ship off the South African coast in which more than 200 captives drowned marks a milestone in the study of the slave trade, the Smithsonian Institution said Monday. The wreck of the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, a Portuguese vessel that sank off Cape Town on its way…

  • South Sudanese dissidents back home, raising hope for peace

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five South Sudanese dissident politicians who in 2013 faced accusations of mounting a failed coup have returned home from Kenya following talks mediated by African leaders, raising hopes for peace despite new fighting near the country's oil fields.

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  • Lion kills American tourist driving in S. African park

    A lion leapt through a open car window and mauled to death an American tourist at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg on Monday, a park official said. "There was a car driving to the lion camp and the lion did come through the window and bite the lady," Scott Simpson, operations…