Africa News

  • Press Freedom: Journalists face murders but keep working

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — For Abdiqadir Dulyar, simply reading messages sent to his phone can send shivers down his spine.

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  • Perceived corruption worsens in Arab states: Transparency

    Ordinary people feel that corruption has worsened in nine Arab countries and territories over the last year, especially crisis-hit Lebanon and war-torn Yemen, a study by graft watchdog Transparency International said Tuesday. Its survey of nearly 11,000 respondents showed that sleaze was also seen…

    AFP
  • Solar plane on global trip arrives in Arizona

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane landed in suburban Phoenix Monday night after a daylong flight from California — the latest leg in its around the world journey using only energy from the sun.

    Associated Press
  • U.S. and Senegal sign defense cooperation deal

    The United States and Senegal signed a cooperation agreement on Monday to ease the deployment of American troops to the West African nation to counter humanitarian crises, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. "Terrorism knows no border and it's very important for everyone to cooperate," James…

    Reuters
  • EU set to extend Schengen border controls

    The EU is set this week to allow countries to extend border controls in the passport-free Schengen area as a result of the migrant crisis and recent terror attacks following a request by five countries, European sources said Monday. Germany, France, Austria, Denmark and Sweden wrote to the…

    AFP
  • Denmark extends controls on German border, EU set to authorize more

    COPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Denmark extended temporary controls at its border with Germany on Monday, imposed to help control an influx of migrants, as the European Commission confirmed it would shortly authorize more such extensions within the passport-free Schengen zone. Seven members of the…

    Reuters
  • Kuwait freedoms make austerity drive tricky for government

    By Sylvia Westall and Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT (Reuters) - A three-day strike by oil workers in Kuwait last month over pay reforms shows the government faces considerable opposition as it prepares to push through painful and controversial cuts to longstanding welfare benefits. Oil-exporting states…

    Reuters
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    This photo gallery features some of the top Associated Press imagery taken in Latin America and the Caribbean that you may have missed last week.

    Associated Press
  • Australia captain Smith to return from India to rest wrist

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Steve Smith is set to return from India for treatment on his injured right wrist ahead of Australia's tour to the West Indies.

    Associated Press
  • Egypt police block labor day assembly, workers urge freedoms

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police prevented hundreds of workers from holding a meeting in Cairo to commemorate International Workers' Day on Sunday, while independent trade union leaders urged the government to allow them freedom of assembly.

    Associated Press
  • Ghanaian crowned first 'Miss Africa Continent'

    Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first 'Miss Africa Continent'. The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list…

    AFP
  • Islamist group al Shabaab kills 15 soldiers: Somali military

    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab insurgents killed 15 Somali soldiers and retook a town northeast of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, just one day after it had fallen to government forces, the military said. The Islamist group, which wants to topple Somalia's…

    Reuters
  • With help, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

    N'Djamena (AFP) - With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed. A regional offensive launched early last year against the group by Chad, and…

    AFP
  • Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

    General Patrick Brethous said groups were now selecting easy targets beyond the reach of his Operation Barkhane because they had been outmanoeuvred on home turf. Other recent attacks out of Operation Barkhane's range include another AQIM-claimed attack, the November 2015 raid on the Radisson Blu…

    AFP
  • Five years after bin Laden, Al-Qaeda down but far from out

    Five years after the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the network he founded is far from dead even if it has suffered a series of setbacks. Replaced as the preeminent global jihadist power by the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda nonetheless remains a potent force and dangerous threat,…

    AFP
  • Al-Qaeda after bin Laden

    Dubai (AFP) - The jihadist group Al-Qaeda has survived the death of its founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 and bolstered its notoriety with attacks in Africa, Europe and Yemen.

    AFP
  • Hurricanes thump Lions in Super Rugby, Highlanders

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Defending champions the Highlanders ended a two-game losing streak to beat the ACT Brumbies and the Hurricanes revived their Super Rugby season with a thumping 50-17 win over the Lions on Saturday.

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  • 33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.

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  • Circus lions rescued in South America arrive in new African home

    By Siyabonga Sishi JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A group of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia arrived by plane in Johannesburg on Saturday to begin a new life in the African bush. The final destination for the animals, which were flown in on a chartered cargo flight, will be the…

    Reuters
  • Rescued lions roar into South Africa after flight from Peru

    The roaring of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia echoed through Johannesburg's international airport Saturday after they arrived in their ancestral homeland for the first time. The lions appeared healthy but a little distressed by the long journey, Jan Creamer, the president of…

    AFP