Africa News

  • New Zealand wins toss, bats in World Cup final v Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in a Cricket World Cup final featuring the co-hosts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

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  • New Zealand eye World Cup history against Australia

    New Zealand take the field in their maiden World Cup final on Sunday looking to cap an unbeaten streak by defeating co-hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Brendon McCullum's Black Caps have won eight matches in a row, including a one-wicket victory over Australia in a low scoring pool…

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  • Nigerian voters try again after technical glitches

    Nigerians hit by failures in new election technology return to the polls on Sunday, to allow them to cast their ballots in the country's close-run presidential election. President Goodluck Jonathan -- who is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari -- and at least three governors…

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  • New Zealand obsessed by World Cup final

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key decided not to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral and left behind a bruising byelection defeat to be in Melbourne Sunday as he led his nation's obsession with the World Cup final. After failing six times in the semi-finals, New Zealand have finally made the ultimate…

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  • One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik's exit

    Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg Saturday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress over heartthrob Zayn Malik quitting the group. Adoring young fans said they feared the departure of Malik, 22, could mean the…

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  • Konate brace gives Senegal coach winning debut

    Substitute Moussa Konate scored twice as Senegal confirmed their dominance over Ghana with a 2-1 friendly international victory in France on Saturday. Konate replaced recalled Demba Ba just past the hour mark and struck twice within 11 minutes as the Teranga Lions repeated a 2-1 win over the Black…

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  • Super Rugby: Bulls stop Crusaders; Chiefs, Highlanders win

    The Bulls halted some of the Crusaders' momentum in Super Rugby with a 31-19 win to wrap up round seven and prevent a clean sweep for New Zealand over South African teams on Saturday.

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  • Somalia ends Shebab hotel siege, 14 dead

    Somali forces brought an end to an hours-long gun and bomb siege on a Mogadishu hotel by Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Saturday, with the government giving a final toll of 14 dead. The war-torn country's ambassador to Switzerland Yusuf Bari-Bari was among those killed in the dramatic attack…

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  • Things to know about Nigeria's 2 front-runners in vote

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's presidential election is a very tight race that many analysts say is too close to call. Here's a look at the two front-runners in the race.

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  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

    DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to…

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  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic…

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  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.

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  • New Zealand, Fiji make quarterfinals at Hong Kong Sevens

    HONG KONG (AP) — New Zealand and Fiji struggled to stamp their authority before booking their berths in the quarterfinals at the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday.

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  • Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots

    RENNES, France (AP) — One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.

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  • What to Watch in the Cricket World Cup final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Cricket World Cup final on Sunday will feature the tournament co-hosts and traditional sports rivals Australia and New Zealand. The Australians have won four World Cup titles from six previous finals.

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  • Clarke quits as Australia, New Zealand eye World Cup title

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has added a fresh edge to Sunday's blockbuster World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne by announcing the match will be his last one-day international. "I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," the 33-year-old Clarke told…

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  • Who to watch: Australia vs New Zealand in World Cup final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Expect the World Cup final to have an entirely different complexion to the last encounter between Australia and New Zealand. The group-stage match involving the tournament co-hosts was a low-scoring thriller in Auckland, where New Zealand edged Australia by one wicket…

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