Africa News

  • Japan takes aid show to Africa in China's shadow

    Japan takes its aid show to Africa this weekend, with a huge development conference in Kenya, hoping quality will trump quantity in the battle for influence against cash-rich China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- fresh from an appearance as Super Mario at the Olympic Games in Rio -- will meet with…

    AFP57 mins ago
  • Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international charity has removed 15 animals rescued from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world."

    Associated Press
  • China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy

    BEIJING (AP) — On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic power technology.

    Associated Press
  • The burkini in North Africa: 'Most people don't care'

    The burkini, a body-concealing women's swimsuit that fits a conservative Islamic dress code, has stirred controversy in France, but on the beaches of North Africa, it has made few waves. On the coast of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, women are already wearing increasingly modest outfits -- but few…

    AFP
  • Nicaraguan teacher arrested for helping Congo immigrant

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police announced Tuesday that they arrested a schoolteacher earlier this month for allegedly aiding a migrant from the African nation of Congo to cross the border along with her 10-month-old baby girl.

    Associated Press
  • Montenegro's Luksic drops out of race to be next UN chief

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic withdrew from the race to be the next U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

    Associated Press
  • Fugitive tech CEO expected to plead guilty in fraud case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive former technology company CEO who frustrated federal authorities by living comfortably in exile in southwest Africa for the past 10 years has agreed to return to the United States to face charges he hatched a scheme to pocket millions of dollars by secretly manipulating…

    Associated Press
  • Ghana president orders men who threatened judges freed from jail

    Ghana President John Mahama has decreed the early release of three men convicted over death threats against Supreme Court judges made during a panel discussion broadcast on a local radio station. The case was part of a bid by authorities to ensure stability ahead of a presidential election in…

    Reuters
  • Prejudice rife despite pro-gay laws: Tutu's daughter

    Desmond Tutu's daughter on Tuesday slammed rampant prejudice against homosexuals and the poor compliance with laws protecting the rights of gays and lesbians in Africa. "The reality is that in much of Africa homophobic laws are tolerated and even in the places where the laws and the rights or…

    AFP
  • Last animals set to leave 'world's worst zoo' in Gaza

    A team of foreign veterinarians began taking measures on Tuesday to evacuate the last surviving animals from a zoo in the Gaza Strip that has been dubbed "the world's worst". In front of each cage of the zoo in Khan Yunis, one of the vets stops and fires an anaesthetic dart into monkeys, birds,…

    AFP
  • Team South Africa receives heroes welcome after Rio

    South Africa's Olympic medallists including track star Caster Semenya received a heroes welcome Tuesday when they arrived from the Games in Brazil. Hundreds of people gathered at Johannesburg's main airport cheered for the team which received a total of 10 medals, with gold from Wayde Van Niekerk…

    AFP
  • England ponder triple spin attack against Pakistan

    England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said his team could take the unusual option of playing three spinners in their opening one-day international against Pakistan at Southampton on Wednesday. For much of the time, in both Test and ODI cricket, recent England teams have been content to…

    AFP
  • Germany to accept hundreds of migrants to boost EU program: Italy

    Germany has agreed to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy in a move that might revive the European Union's failed relocation program, Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday. As part of a deal to relieve pressure on Europe's frontline states in the migration…

    Reuters
  • South Africa, New Zealand Test washout

    South African captain Faf du Plessis and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson both expressed disappointment after the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand was abandoned as a draw due to poor ground conditions on Tuesday. No play took place after rain fell during the lunch break on the second…

    AFP
  • Report: More migrants die in Mediterranean as risks increase

    BERLIN (AP) — New and more dangerous smuggling practices and attempts to reach Europe by riskier routes have led to a spike in the number of migrants dying as they attempt to cross the Mediterranean, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Players frustrated as SA-NZ test abandoned due to wet field

    DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The first cricket test between South Africa and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Tuesday, leaving the two sets of players frustrated as they were forced to settle for a draw.

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  • Sudanese migrant killed in Calais clashes

    One Sudanese migrant was killed and another injured in clashes with Afghan migrants outside the French port of Calais, authorities said Tuesday. The two migrants were among a group of people from the "Jungle" camp who tried to access a motorway to smuggle onto trucks crossing the Channel to…

    AFP