Africa News

  • Tensions as Burundi president to launch contested re-election bid

    Burundi's president was Saturday set to declare his controversial bid for re-election during a ruling party congress taking place amid tight security and mounting tensions. The government of the landlocked central African nation has slapped a nationwide ban on demonstrations, following threats by…

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  • West Africa battles mystery of 'post-Ebola syndrome'

    As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors. There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization…

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  • Benin votes in key test for president's controversial plans

    Benin goes to the polls this weekend in legislative elections seen as a test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose controversial plans to change the constitution could be crushed if the opposition makes gains. Boni Yayi has led the small west Africa nation since 2006 and his two-term limit expires…

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  • Niger battles deadly meningitis epidemic

    Parents cradling sick children in their arms streamed into a treatment centre in Niger's capital Niamey, the victims of a meningitis epidemic that has claimed over 100 lives and appears to be accelerating. "My son has been fighting death for five days," said Amadou Hassane, looking lost as he…

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  • Italian judge keeps migrant disaster ship skipper behind bars

    The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned is to remain behind bars as an Italian judge continues his inquiry into the deadly disaster. A judge in the Sicilian city of Catania on Friday ruled that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, should be kept in detention along with his…

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  • Night train kills 14 migrants 'sleeping' on Macedonia tracks

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — A group of migrants trying to reach European opportunity via what's billed by smugglers as a "safe" route — trekking along train tracks through the Balkans — was hit by an overnight train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, killing 14.

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  • Western Sahara dispute spills over into nuclear arms meeting: envoys

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A fierce dispute between Morocco and African nations led by Algeria over the speaking rights of Western Sahara's Polisario Front independence movement led to the suspension of a U.N. meeting on nuclear disarmament on Friday, diplomats said. …

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  • Weary of poverty, Senegalese migrants head for Europe

    By Daniel Flynn THIAROYE-SUR-MER, Senegal (Reuters) - After being repatriated to Senegal on a Spanish military plane having risked his life on a perilous sea crossing to the Canary Islands in 2006, Moustafa Diouf founded an association to warn young Africans of the dangers of illegal migration to…

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  • Fourteen migrants killed in Macedonia, hit by train in gorge

    By Ognen Teofilovski NEAR VELES, Macedonia (Reuters) - Fourteen migrants were killed when they were struck by a train in a narrow gorge in Macedonia late on Thursday, part of a growing tide of people trying to get to western Europe via the Balkans instead of crossing the treacherous Mediterranean.…

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  • U.N. welcomes EU migrant plan, says test is whether lives saved

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday welcomed the European Union's plan to triple the size of its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, but said the key test was whether lives were saved and war refugees gained asylum. The EU's assurances meant the operation…

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  • Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 100 humanitarian groups have urged the African Union's human rights body to ensure that South Africa take "concrete steps" to prevent further attacks on immigrants.

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  • Three dead in Ghana gold mine accident: company

    Three people have died and 14 others required medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes at a gold mine in Ghana, the company running the operation said on Friday. "We can confirm that three people have died out of the inhalation of toxic fumes from our underground operations," said a spokesman…

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  • Europe needs strong will to tackle migrants: Australian minister

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Australia's tough policies have stopped migrants reaching the country by boat and Europe will need strong will to tackle boat migrants in the Mediterranean, Australia's foreign minister said on Friday. Julie Bishop said NATO ambassadors had discussed the…

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  • Australian foreign minister lodges concern with Indonesia over upcoming executions

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop registered her concern on Friday with her Indonesian counterpart after Jakarta asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison ahead of the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, including two…

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  • Fired up by king, Zulu nationalism confronts modern South Africa

    By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A crowd of stick-wielding supporters at a soccer stadium roared their approval as South Africa's Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, insisted he was not behind a wave of violence against migrant workers he had compared a month before to head lice. Remarks like…

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  • After rescue, a long, agonizing wait for migrants in Italy

    MINEO, Sicily (AP) — Silla Zelia, a 23-year-old from Ivory Coast, is stuck in Italy's largest migrant center with nowhere to go after her asylum application was twice rejected and she lost contact with her family in Abidjan.

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  • Discrimination a daily struggle for immigrants in S.Africa

    Immigrants fleeing a wave of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa have described how fear drove them to try to hide their nationalities even before the attacks began. Foreigners from other parts of Africa living and working in South Africa's poor townships are called 'kwerekwere', a slur…

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