Africa News

  • Nigeria: death toll in building collapse is 80

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An official in Nigeria says the death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist's church complex has risen to 80.

    Associated Press42 mins ago
  • Super Rugby draw for 2015 released

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs will open their defense of the Super Rugby title with a derby match against the Western Force, but will have to wait until round 15 of next year's tournament for a finals rematch with the Christchurch-based Crusaders.

    Associated Press
  • Africa jazzes up Bavarian fashion for Oktoberfest

    Berlin (AFP) - Two West African sisters are staging a revolution in traditional Bavarian fashion, with production in high gear ahead of Munich's Oktoberfest beer party whose 181st edition opens Saturday.

    AFP
  • House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State…

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  • Report: World to see more people displaced

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Natural disasters displaced almost 22 million people around the world last year and aid workers say they expect to see that number rise in the future, according to a report issued by a Norwegian humanitarian group on Wednesday.

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  • Structural tests ordered after fatal Lagos building collapse

    Lagos (AFP) - Engineers in Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos, on Wednesday ordered urgent structural tests to be carried out at a popular preacher's church after 70 people were killed in a building collapse.

    AFP
  • CAF punish Setif with spectator ban

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Algerians Entente Setif must host a CAF Champions League semi-final against Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe this weekend behind closed doors because of bad fan behaviour.

    AFP
  • Former Ivory Coast president backs Ouattara for 2015 election

    By Loucoumane Coulibaly DAOUKRO Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday received the endorsement of former president Henri Konan Bedie for re-election in 2015, boosting his chances of a second term. Support from Bedie, who heads the Democratic Party of Ivory…

    Reuters
  • Liberia hopes US aid can turn tide on Ebola

    Monrovia (AFP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday hailed the US pledge of military help to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, saying she hoped the global community would follow suit.

    AFP
  • Paralympics head won't promote Pistorius' return

    LONDON (AP) — As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, it's uncertain if the fallen sports icon will ever race again. What's clearer is that the Paralympic leadership will not be encouraging any comeback by the double amputee sprinter.

    Associated Press
  • Liberia president praises U.S. for Ebola help pledge

    People critically ill with Ebola languishing in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centers filling up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed a U.S. pledge to send troops and treatment centers, but said much more…

    Associated Press
  • Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky sea trips

    ABASSAN, Gaza Strip (AP) — The university student was desperate to flee Gaza after suffering through years of border closures and three wars.

    Associated Press
  • Caricom urges preparation for possible Ebola cases

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Caribbean trade bloc is urging governments to establish isolation facilities and take other preventive measures in case the Ebola virus reaches the region.

    Associated Press
  • Springboks call up Burger to replace Louw

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Japan-based flanker Schalk Burger was on Wednesday called up as replacement for the injured Francois Louw in the South Africa squad for the final two Rugby Championship Tests.

    AFP
  • 1st UK volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine

    LONDON (AP) — British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety.

    Associated Press
  • Nigerian preacher faces scrutiny after disaster

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian televangelist whose exuberant followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now under scrutiny after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people.

    Associated Press
  • Ebola 'fear factor' risks economic disaster, World Bank warns

    Washington (AFP) - The World Bank warned Wednesday that fear of the deadly Ebola virus is choking off economic activity in West Africa with potentially "catastrophic" results.

    AFP