Africa News

  • Nigeria's army says rescued 178 captives of Boko Haram

    Nigeria's army said late on Sunday that it rescued 178 people held by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno state, the heartland of the insurgency. Spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in an emailed statement that 101 of the those freed were children, 67 were women and the rest were…

    Reuters
  • Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally hunted lion

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Now there are two: Zimbabwe accused a Pennsylvania doctor on Sunday of illegally killing a lion in April, adding to the outcry over a Minnesota dentist the African government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.

    Associated Press
  • Pittsburgh doctor linked to second Zimbabwe lion hunt probe

    Zimbabwe has linked a Pennsylvania doctor to an investigation into illegal lion hunting, naming him on Sunday as a client of a safari operator accused of breaching regulations, a week after an American dentist was accused of illegally killing the country's most famous lion, Cecil. Dr. Jan Seski,…

    Reuters
  • Madagascar mess-ups keep tourist 'paradise' marooned

    By Lovasoa Rabary and Drazen Jorgic ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Perched on the muddy bank of a river meandering through rolling green hills, the Lemurs' Park near Madagascar's capital is rated one of the city's top attractions, but you would not know it from the number of visitors. On a Saturday in…

    Reuters
  • Four migrants drown off Moroccan coast: ministry

    Four migrants died on Sunday after trying to swim to Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta from northern Morocco, the government in Rabat said. It said the migrants, whose names and nationalities were not given, had tried to swim around a maritime fence separating the Spanish territory from…

    AFP
  • Electric Egyptian Kahraba too hot for Uganda

    Egypt moved closer this weekend to a record-extending 12th Olympic Games football appearance by an African country while their star Kahraba confirmed he is a master goal-poacher. The Baby Pharaohs won 2-1 in Uganda to complete a 6-1 aggregate triumph and secure a place in an eight-nation…

    AFP
  • Burundi in crisis as top general assassinated

    A top Burundian general and right-hand man to President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed in a rocket attack on his car on Sunday, prompting fears of further instability in the crisis-hit country. Adolphe Nshimirimana was widely seen as the central African nation's de facto internal security chief and…

    AFP
  • France, Britain present united front as anger soars over migrants

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. Heightened security has curbed the number of attempts by migrants in the port city of Calais trying to…

    AFP
  • After Cecil, second lion poached by foreign tourist in Zimbabwe - parks source

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - After the killing of Zimbabwe's best known lion, a second animal has been poached by a foreigner, a source said on Saturday as authorities banned big game hunting outside the park from which Cecil was lured to his death. Reports that a brother of Cecil had…

    Reuters
  • Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead

    Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others. The dead bodies were found on board at the time of the rescue, a coast guard spokeswoman said on Sunday. The…

    Reuters
  • Stunner: US men miss out on relay final at swim worlds

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — So much for the U.S. swim team's plan to kick off the world championships with a strong performance in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

    Associated Press
  • French riot police disperse migrants at Channel Tunnel

    COQUELLES, France (AP) — French riot police have sprayed migrants with a chemical irritant as they tried to storm the Channel Tunnel, and the British and French interior ministers said the nightly attempts to reach Britain are part of a "global migration crisis" that needs an international solution.

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  • Britain and France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and France on Sunday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England. The French port of Calais has become a focal…

    Reuters
  • Day 4 of 2nd test Bangladesh vs South Africa test rained out

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Heavy rain washed out the entire fourth day of the second cricket test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Sunday, leaving the prospect of a result bleak.

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  • Kerr-Barlow returns to All Blacks squad for Bledisloe tests

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow recovered from injury to reclaim a place in the All Blacks squad named Sunday for tests against Australia over the next two weekends.

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  • Britain, France say ending Calais migrant crisis is 'top priority'

    Ending the crisis that has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority", the interior ministers of France and Britain wrote in a joint statement Sunday. Both countries are committed to tackling the problem together and have beefed up…

    AFP
  • Sweden's Widegren leads by 1 at Madeira Islands Open

    SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) — Pontus Widegren of Sweden will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Madeira Islands Open, and hope of a first win on the European Tour.

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