Africa News

  • Australia opts to bat, captain Clarke returns

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Michael Clarke returned from a hamstring injury to captain Australia and opted to bat first in a triangular series one-day international against Zimbabwe on Sunday.

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  • Nigeria turns to beauty spots to revive tourism

    Birdwatchers often go to extreme lengths to spot a rare species, even travelling to the westernmost of Alaska's Aleutian islands. By contrast, the bird sanctuary in Nigeria's Amurum Forest Reserve, where undulating rock formations surround a savannah dominated by lush, tall grass, is rarely, if…

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  • African extremists: Islamic State offers grim inspiration

    Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption. The United States has described the IS group in Iraq and Syria as the strongest-ever Islamist…

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  • US OPEN SCENE: Djokovic gives singer the spotlight

    NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic used some of his spotlight as the world's top tennis player to let another light shine.

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  • Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday.

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  • Ebola-hit Liberia bans sailors from disembarking

    Liberia on Saturday said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. Sailors on commercial ships can normally ask for a "shore pass" allowing them to get off the vessel and access the…

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  • Tunisia recovers 41 bodies from sea near Libya

    Tunisian rescuers have recovered the bodies of at least 41 migrants since Friday after their ship sank off the Libyan coast and more are expected to be found, officials said. The victims were found in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize. "Forty-one bodies have been…

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  • Algerian diplomats freed after two years' captivity in Mali

    Two Algerian diplomats kidnapped in Mali in April 2012 by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) were freed on Saturday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced. A third diplomat, consul Boualem Sayes, had died in captivity "from a chronic illness", the ministry said. It did…

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  • Gallacher still hopes for Ryder Cup slot

    Scotland's Stephen Gallacher kept alive his hopes of automatic selection for the European Ryder Cup team by firing a 69 in the third round of the Italian Open in Turin on Saturday. Austria's Bernd Wiesberger is third on 13 under after following consecutive rounds of 66 with a 71, with English duo…

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  • Health workers strike at Sierra Leone Ebola hospital

    Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday. Sierra Leone's government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, that has killed more than 1,550…

    Reuters
  • Somali troops oust militants from southern town

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali government troops fighting alongside African Union troops ousted Islamic militants from a southern town they have been controlling, an official said Saturday.

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  • African, Somali troops retake town on way to rebel stronghold

    By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - African peacekeeping troops and Somali forces recaptured a southern town from Islamist al Shabaab rebels on Saturday, bringing them a step closer to the insurgent stronghold of Barawe, commanders said. Al Shabaab ruled most of the southern region of Somalia…

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  • Russian train-surfers, extreme sport or social problem?

    Since he was 10, Sasha has taken the train everyday between Moscow and his home in the suburbs. Like Sasha, a growing number of young Russians risk their lives for an adrenaline rush by defying speed, the elements and the authorities.

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  • Hennie Otto remains in lead at Italian Open

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Italian Open, where Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup will go down to the wire.

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  • Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted

    By James Harding Giahyue and Saliou Samb MONROVIA/CONAKRY (Reuters) - Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighborhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Faced with the worst Ebola outbreak…

    Reuters
  • Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for…

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  • Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lesotho's military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country's prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said the soldiers were only securing the country.

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