Africa News

  • Eritrean pair making history on Tour de France debut

    A year after Ji Cheng captivated Tour de France fans it is the turn for Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot to take their own place in the history books. Eritreans Kudus and Teklehaimanot are the first black Africans to take part in the world's most prestigious bike race, just as Ji -- who…

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  • Southern African leaders to probe Lesotho ex-army chief murder

    Southern African leaders on Friday ordered a regional probe into the murder last week of Lesotho's former army chief, an incident that has plunged the kingdom into fresh security crisis. Leaders and representatives from six member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)…

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  • Tunisian Abu Iyadh, reported dead in Libya, is Qaeda veteran

    Abu Iyadh, the founder of Tunisia's main jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia reported Friday to have been killed in a US air strike in Libya, is a veteran of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Real name Seifallah Ben Hassine, and listed as a "global terrorist" by the United States, he was killed in mid-June, The…

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  • Suspected Boko Haram insurgents step up attacks in Nigeria

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of a state capital in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, escalating their attacks after a week of bloodletting in which more than 150 people were killed, military sources said. Heavy gunfire was heard…

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  • French president talks Boko Haram in Cameroon

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — French President Francois Hollande promised intensified military cooperation with Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram during a visit to the West African country on Friday.

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  • Serena v Venus at Wimbledon as Djokovic, Sharapova cruise

    Serena Williams set-up a Wimbledon last-16 showdown with sister Venus on Friday after surviving a major scare as Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova eased into the second week. Top seed Serena, bidding for a sixth Wimbledon title and already halfway to a calendar Grand Slam after wrapping up the…

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  • U.S. pushes China on ivory trade, wildlife NGOs

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official told China on Friday that its legal imports of ivory act as a loophole for illegal traders, and that it needs to understand the importance of wildlife NGOs. China signed a pact banning global trade in ivory in 1981, but it got an…

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  • European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain

    PARIS (AP) — Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties.

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  • Tunisian militant chief probably died in U.S. air strike: source

    A veteran Tunisian militant was probably killed by a U.S. air strike on a jihadist meeting in Libya last month whose main target was a top Algerian fighter, a U.S. official said on Friday. Tunisian Saifallah Benhassine, also known as Abu Iyad, was a major figure among militant Islamists in North…

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  • Boko Haram kills 11 'traitors' in northeastern Nigerian town

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram militants Friday slit the throats of 11 alleged "traitors," witnesses said in the first news of desertions from the Nigerian Islamic extremist group.

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  • S Africa: Opposition files charges against deputy president

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An opposition party filed criminal charges against South Africa's deputy president and other officials on Friday for their alleged involvement in the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest.

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  • Wimbledon at standstill for Tunisia massacre victims

    The Wimbledon tennis championships fell silent on Friday to commemorate the victims of the Tunisia beach massacre, with tens of thousands of spectators coming to a standstill. Play was delayed at the tournament in London to observe Britain's national minute's silence at midday (1100 GMT) to…

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  • East African leaders to meet over Burundi crisis

    East African leaders are to meet on Monday in the latest bid to resolve the political crisis in Burundi, after controversial elections were internationally condemned for not being free and fair. More than 70 people have been killed in more than two months of protests and a failed coup attempt…

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  • Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

    President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. "With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all…

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  • UN agency worries as Hungary rushes to tighten asylum rules

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Changes to Hungary's asylum system being rushed through parliament and the government's plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia could have "fatal consequences" for refugees fleeing war, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

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  • France, Ireland, Italy, SAfrica confirm interest in 2023 RWC

    DUBLIN (AP) — France, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa confirmed their interest in staging the 2023 Rugby World Cup by the deadline, while the United States dropped out.

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  • China says to maintain financial cooperation with Greece

    China will continue to promote two-way cooperation with Greece, including in the financial sphere, and has already responded to Greek requests amid its debt crisis, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The European Union is China's largest trading partner and China is the EU's second-largest…

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