Africa News

  • Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis

    Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa. The pontiff's appeal came at the end of a week in which more than 450 people are feared to have drowned in the…

    AFP22 mins ago
  • Rights group says Yemen fighting has damaged hospital

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Human Rights Watch says an unidentified militia fired on a hospital where rebel soldiers held a position in the southern Yemeni province of Lahj, causing damage and endangering medical personnel.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Saudi vows to cover UN aid call for Yemen, keeps up air raids

    Saudi Arabia pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, which has also been the target of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their…

  • 30 detained as xenophobic attacks simmer in S. Africa

    South African police detained more than 30 people overnight as xenophobic violence simmered around the economic hub Johannesburg, officials said on Saturday. Anti-foreigner violence that erupted in the country's eastern port city of Durban several weeks ago has so far left at least six people…

  • At least 19 killed in Tanzanian mine collapse

    Dar es Salaam (AFP) - At least 19 Tanzanian gold miners were killed when the pit they were working in collapsed in the northwestern Msalala district, a local government official said Saturday.

  • Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

    MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment.

    Associated Press
  • City aim to avoid Hammer blow in top-four bid

    Manchester City's attempt to remain in the top four of the Premier League has been hampered by a five-man injury list and the news that captain Vincent Kompany may not play again this season. Manuel Pellegrini's side, who have slipped to the fourth and final Champions League qualifying place, will…

  • Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human body.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa attacks on foreigners spark anger abroad

    Countries neighbouring South Africa on Friday prepared to evacuate their citizens from South Africa as the UN raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks which have displaced thousands. The anti-foreigner violence, which erupted in the eastern port city of Durban, has left at least six people…

  • Gulf states unhappy about U.N. chief's ceasefire appeal: sources

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday. The main…

  • Britain's Peaty sets new 100m breaststroke world record

    The 20-year-old's winning time at the British Championships beat the previous record of 58.46sec set by South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh at the same venue during the 2012 Olympic Games. "I kind of surprised myself," Peaty, who already held the 50m world record time and won European and…

  • Obama, Renzi pledge to focus on threats from Libya

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to work more intensely with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on threats coming from instability in Libya that have led to an influx of migrants across the Mediterranean.

    Associated Press
  • Italy struggles with fresh wave of Mediterranean migrants

    A surge of migrants pouring into Europe from across the Mediterranean won't end before chaos in Libya is controlled, Italy's prime minister said Friday, as the Vatican condemned a deadly clash between Muslim and Christian refugees on one boat. The migrant wave has swelled in recent days on the…

  • Greece seeks more EU aid to cope with soaring immigration

    PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Greece appealed to its European Union partners Friday for more help in policing its sea borders as immigrants increasingly make dangerous journeys to escape war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

    Associated Press
  • Boko Haram slit throats of 12 as army tries to save civilians: sources

    Boko Haram militants have slit the throats of 12 people in northeast Nigeria as the army was trying to evacuate civilians from the area, a military source and a witness said on Friday. The Islamist group has been driven out of much of the huge swathe of territory they controlled at the start of…

  • The globe's record heat keeps on broiling into this year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's been no break from the globe's record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.

    Associated Press
  • Collapse of illegal Tanzanian gold mine kills 19 people

    The collapse of an illegal gold mine has killed 19 people in northwest Tanzania, a senior police official said on Friday. The accident occurred on Thursday night at Kahama district, Shinyanga region, near Acacia Mining's licensed Bulyanhulu gold mine which is majority-owned by Canada's Barrick…