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  • EU agrees $2 billion euros for Ukraine, to consider more

    By Robin Emmott and Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to loan Ukraine 1.8 billion euros ($2.0 billion) to help save it from bankruptcy, leaving open the option of increasing aid at a later stage. Diplomats at the meeting in Brussels said several European…

    Reuters23 mins ago
  • Ghana worthy winners, says Grant

    Ghana coach Avram Grant said on Tuesday that his side were worthy winners after a 2-1 success against South Africa took them through to the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana trailed 1-0 in Mongomo but came back to triumph thanks to goals from John Boye and Andre Ayew and go through as…

    AFP36 mins ago
  • At least three killed after U.N. troops in Mali fire at protest

    By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao killed at least three people on Tuesday when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses said. A U.N. spokesman said only warning shots were fired. The violence…

    Reuters36 mins ago
  • Algeria win to advance at Senegal's expense

    Algeria secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday thanks to a 2-0 win against Senegal in their last Group C game in Malabo. On a dramatic evening, Riyad Mahrez set Algeria on their way with the opening goal inside 11 minutes, and for a long time it looked as…

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  • Sharia police arrest 12 men accused of planning to wed in Nigeria's Kano

    Sharia police arrested 12 men accusing them of attempting gay marriage in Nigeria's second city of Kano, though 10 were later released, a spokesman for the board overseeing Islamic rules in the area said on Tuesday. Gay marriage, same-sex relationships and membership of gay rights groups were…

    Reuters
  • Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a…

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  • Algeria beats Senegal 2-0 to make African Cup quarterfinals

    MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Algeria scored early and late Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Senegal.

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  • African Union agrees 'substantive' transport deal with China

    China and the African Union agreed Tuesday on an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent. African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at "the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner", although…

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  • Nigeria will not delay elections: commission

    The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them. "We remain committed to implementing the timetable," commission head Attahiru Jega told a news…

    Reuters
  • Renewed Boko Haram raids kill many in northeast Nigeria

    Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Scores of people have been killed and many others forced to flee to the mountains following a renewed series of Boko Haram raids in northeast Nigeria, a lawmaker and a relief agency official said Tuesday.

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  • Child ritual killings spread alarm, anger in Ivory Coast

    By Ange Aboa ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least 21 children have been kidnapped in Ivory Coast since December and most have been found dead with their bodies mutilated, authorities said, in a wave of ritual killings some residents fear may be linked to upcoming elections. Police chief Brindou Mbia said…

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  • Russia's 2014 arms sales top $15 billion: Putin

    Russia sold more than $15 billion worth of arms in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, adding that new signed orders stood at nearly $14 billion. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States. Putin also said Russia exported military equipment to more than…

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  • Rising risk of Burundi election violence, rights groups warn

    Burundi is facing a mounting risk of unrest ahead of key elections and African leaders should stop President Pierre Nkurunziza from running for a third term, rights groups warned Tuesday. "Burundi's path toward conflict and chaos has been deliberate, and gone unquestioned by the African Union,"…

    AFP
  • Serie A TV rights holder suggests avoiding La Liga clashes

    ROME (AP) — Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Associated Press
  • Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

    Associated Press
  • DR Congo skipper Mulumbu out of Nations Cup quarter-final

    DR Congo captain Youssouf Mulumbu has said he will miss Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against neighbours Congo Brazzaville with a hamstring injury. On Monday, the Leopards qualified for the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2006 when they drew 1-1 with Tunisia…

    AFP
  • Five Guinea v Mali facts

    -- Mali have reached the knockout stage in six of eight previous Cup of Nations appearances, going furthest in 1972 when they finished runners-up behind Congo Brazzaville. -- Guinea have been less successful, advancing from the first round only four times in 10 attempts. They came closest to…

    AFP