Africa News

  • Ebola: Three questions about the killer virus

    The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed almost 11,300 people in west Africa since December 2013 and has fuelled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified. Like AIDS, which began in Kinshasa in the 1920s before spreading worldwide, according to a recent study, Ebola was…

    AFP35 mins ago
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

    LONDON (AP) — An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Searchers scour beaches in hopes of unlocking MH370 mystery

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Searchers scored Reunion's shoreline for debris and investigators prepared to load a sea-encrusted wing fragment onto a plane bound for France on Friday to learn whether the aircraft remnant could help unlock the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    Associated Press
  • Bangladesh-South Africa 2nd day rained out

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Heavy showers from tropical storm Komen washed out the entire second day of the second test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Friday.

    Associated Press
  • South African police says American woman killed in Cape Town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A 39-year-old American woman was killed in a hotel room in Cape Town this week and a murder suspect of Guatemalan origin has been arrested, South African police said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Plane debris washing up thousands of kilometers away has precedent

    For Australian boating enthusiast Stephen Knight, the news of plane debris washing up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week didn't come as a surprise. A Malaysian official and aviation experts have said the piece of debris, a 2-2.5 meters (6.5-8 feet) long wing surface…

  • Chad reintroduces death penalty with anti-terror law

    N'Djamena (AFP) - Chad reintroduced the death penalty just six months after its abolition, as legislators passed a stringent anti-terror bill in the face of a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks. After suffering two suicide bombings in a month, including one in a bustling market in the capital…

  • Giteau returns to Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe Cup

    SYDNEY (AP) — Matt Giteau has recovered from a sternum injury and been included in an extended 31-man Australia squad for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

    Associated Press
  • Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack

    SYDNEY (AP) — A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.

    Associated Press
  • MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

    DENVER (AP) — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national teams have done their part, too.

    Associated Press
  • UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching

    The United Nations called on its member states Thursday to work harder in combatting poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinoceroses. The General Assembly resolution was the first of its kind but not legally binding. The assembly expressed concern over what it called a steady…

  • Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from Boeing 777

    By Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially providing some answers for families of those aboard last year's vanished…

  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others. The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa…

  • Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram fighters in two-week campaign

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks. Chad has deployed thousands of soldiers alongside troops from…

  • Guinea policed protests with 'excessive lethal force': HRW

    Guinea's security services used excessive lethal force and were implicated in gang-rape and widespread criminality while policing weeks of violent anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The New York-based campaign group, citing hospital records, said at least two protesters…

  • Nyong'o to make NY stage debut in Liberia play

    Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong'o will make her New York stage debut later this year, starring in a play set amid the horrors of the Liberian civil war. The Public Theater in Manhattan said the production of "Eclipsed" would run from September 29 to November 8. Nyong'o, 32, will play…