Africa News

  • Steyn milestone as Bangladesh 75-1 in 2nd test vs. SAfrica

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Fast bowler Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to take 400 test wickets as he made the sole breakthrough in Thursday's opening session of the second test against Bangladesh, as the hosts made a steady start to reach 75-1.

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  • Bangladesh 75-1 at lunch, day 1 vs. South Africa

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Thursday at lunch on the first day of the second test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium:

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  • Currents consistent with Reunion debris being from MH370: experts

    By Lincoln Feast and Jeffrey Dastin SYDNEY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vast, rotating currents sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa, thousands of kilometers from where it is thought to have crashed, oceanographers said…

    Reuters
  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

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  • Bangladesh chooses to bat in 2nd test vs. South Africa

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss on Thursday and elected to bat first in the second and final test against South Africa.

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  • Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged…

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  • Zimbabwean charged over killing of Cecil the lion

    By Philimon Bulawayo and Mike Saburi HWANGE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion, in a case that has triggered widespread revulsion at…

    Reuters
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerned about Zimbabwe lion death

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deeply concerned and is gathering information about the killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "The service is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion," said Vanessa Kauffman,…

    Reuters
  • Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

    A professional hunter was granted bail Wednesday on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised the expedition on which an American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion. The lion's death triggered an outpouring of anger around the world after it was alleged that…

    AFP
  • US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

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  • El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK

    Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another? Britain's strength as the fastest-growing major economy in Europe, with 5.6 percent unemployment…

    AFP
  • France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security

    CALAIS, France (AP) — The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the dozens who appeared as darkness fell, Wednesday would be the same even if their numbers were…

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  • Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday.

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  • Despite impressive Tour, African cycling team loses sponsor

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The title sponsor of the African cycling team that made an impressive debut at the Tour de France said Wednesday it was ending its agreement, citing the "normal business practice" of reviewing commercial agreements.

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  • Kenya auditor uncovers massive government misspending

    Only one percent of Kenyan government spending can be properly accounted for, according to a report by the country's auditor-general released just days after US President Barack Obama warned corruption was holding the country back. Auditor-General Edward Ouko's annual report, presented to…

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  • Ethiopian opposition urges Obama to keep up pressure

    US President Barack Obama's visit to Ethiopia, which saw him speak out against democratic restrictions, was positive but Washington must maintain pressure on the government, an Ethiopian opposition figure said Wednesday. "I was not in favour of his coming, but (the visit) exposed Ethiopia and its…

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  • Man dies in Channel Tunnel as migrant crisis deepens

    By Estelle Shirbon and Dominique Vidalon LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance, prompting governments in both countries to promise to beef up security there. Freight and passenger traffic…

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