Africa News

  • Boks offer Wales last shot at big scalp before Cup

    History suggests the serial losses by Wales to rugby's big three will reach 23 in a row.

    Associated Press
  • Much at stake as England, Australia resume rivalry

    There's far more at stake than just bragging rights between two long-time rivals in the rugby test between England and Australia on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • France warns African leaders against trying to keep power

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Thursday against trying to modify constitutions to stay in power and said they should learn from the forced departure of Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaore. Hollande, who heads to Senegal on Friday for a summit of…

    Reuters
  • Tanzania PM sidesteps calls to quit over graft claims

    DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's prime minister on Thursday sidestepped calls from a parliamentary committee to resign over accusations that he had approved illegal payments to a private power company. Tanzania has discovered massive gas reserves off its coast, but the energy sector has long…

    Reuters
  • Hedge fund couple agree Britain's most expensive divorce

    By Kirstin Ridley LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire hedge fund manager Chris Hohn has been ordered to pay his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn 337 million pounds ($530 million) in the largest divorce settlement in British legal history. The size of the settlement was detailed in a draft judgment, a…

    Reuters
  • Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell a virus that has killed more than 1,200 people in the former French colony, officials and medical aid…

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  • Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians' interest wanes

    CAIRO (AP) — Amal Shaker's 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, she is still waiting for justice.

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  • Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year.

    Associated Press
  • Prince William to promote UK, conservation on Japan, China tour

    London (AFP) - Prince William will visit Japan and China early next year to promote British interests and his personal efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade, his office announced on Thursday.

    AFP
  • Australian cricketer Hughes dies of head injuries

    Phillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia's test team.

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  • Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.

    Associated Press
  • England drop Farrell, recall Twelvetrees for Australia

    LONDON (AFP) - England dropped Andy Farrell to the bench and recalled specialist centre Billy Twelvetrees to midfield on Thursday in a bid to finish a disappointing November campaign with victory against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

    AFP
  • Greece tows migrant-packed ship to safety off Crete

    ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on Thursday, in one of the biggest sea rescues mounted by the Mediterranean nation, coastguard officials said. The Kiribati-flagged MV Baris issued a distress call on…

    Reuters
  • Yemen rescuers sought U.S., British hostages in raid

    SANAA (Reuters) - An American, a Briton and a South African were among several hostages Yemeni forces sought to free from al Qaeda this week, the defense ministry said on its website, describing a raid that a U.S. defense official said also involved U.S. special forces. In Monday night's assault on…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down, officials said Thursday. Police also said they arrested seven of their own officers for…

    Associated Press
  • Rare white lion cub born at Omaha zoo

    (Reuters) - A rare white lion cub has been born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, zoo officials said on Wednesday. The male cub was one of two males and one female born on Nov. 21. All three cubs are on display at the zoo with their mother, Ahadi, and aunt, Mfisha. Zoo director Dennis Pate…

    Reuters
  • UN aid official Valerie Amos to step down

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The top UN official for humanitarian aid, Valerie Amos, who oversaw international relief efforts in Syria and other trouble spots, announced Wednesday she is stepping down.

    AFP