Africa News

  • New Zealand beats Australia 27-24 to win Sydney Sevens

    SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand beat Australia 27-24 in a thrilling final Sunday to win the Sydney leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, though it played the tournament's second day in the shadow of controversy lingering from the teams' first meeting.

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  • In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger

    By Ed Stoddard and Mabvuto Banda LILONGWE (Reuters) - As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly colored cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in…

    Reuters38 mins ago
  • Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Militants have freed an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso, a spokesman for the president of neighboring Niger said Saturday.

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  • Tunisia finishes Libya border fence intended to keep out militants

    By Tarek Amara SABKEHT ALYUN, Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisia has completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install electronic monitoring systems, Defense Minister Farhat Hachani said on Saturday. Libya's chaos since the…

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  • Guinea opens murder probe after journalist fatally shot

    Guinean authorities have opened a murder probe after a journalist was shot and fatally wounded in clashes outside the offices of an opposition party, officials said Saturday. El Hadj Mohamed Diallo, 33, died on Friday after receiving a bullet to the chest in the capital Conakry. Prosecutor Sidy…

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  • UK-bound Iranian migrants rescued from small boat in Channel

    Four Iranian migrants making a rare attempt to reach Britain by boat from France on Saturday were rescued in the nick of time after their vessel took on water and was close to capsizing, officials said. Rescuers were only alerted after one of the migrants made it back to the beach at Sangatte in…

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  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

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  • Hales leads England to victory in second one-dayer

    Alex Hales fell one run short of a century but did enough to set up a five-wicket win for England over South Africa in the second one-day international at St George's Park on Saturday. The victory gave England a two-nil lead in the five-match series after a game where batsmen from both sides…

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  • England cruises to 5-wicket win & 2-0 series lead over SA

    PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — England chased down South Africa's 262-7 with ease to win the second one-day international by five wickets on Saturday and take a formidable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

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  • Al-Qaida group claims attack on police station in north Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida's North Africa branch has claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.N. mission police station in northern Mali that killed one Malian soldier, an organization that monitors jihadi sites said Saturday.

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  • England beats South Africa by 5 wickets in 2nd ODI

    PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — England beat South Africa by five wickets in the second one-day international at St. George's Park on Saturday.

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  • Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says

    By Robin Emmott AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Europe needs Turkey to dramatically cut the number of migrants reaching Greece within weeks or the pressure for more border closures and fences will grow, the EU's top official in charge of ties with Ankara warned on Saturday. Frustrated that refugees…

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  • Watson bought by Bangalore for $1.4 million at IPL auction

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday after he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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  • NZ, England, Fiji, South Africa top pools at Sydney Sevens

    SYDNEY (AP) — Fiji and South Africa remained the form teams of the World Rugby Sevens Series and favorites to fight out the first Olympic gold medal in the sport when they swept unbeaten through pool play Saturday in the Sydney Sevens tournament.

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  • Watson the top draw as stars sold at IPL auction

    Australian all-rounder Shane Watson received the highest bid of $1.4 million while banished England star Kevin Pietersen was sold to a new franchise at a glitzy Indian Premier League auction Saturday. Watson lived up to his billing as one of the most sought-after players, being sold to Royal…

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  • 101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

    A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic…

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  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

    PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

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