Africa News

  • Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A leading virologist who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.

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  • Head doctor at S. Leone Ebola clinic dies of virus

    A doctor in charge of an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has become another victim of the deadly virus, the country's health chief said Tuesday. "Dr Omar Khan died at 2:00 pm," announced the head of Sierra Leone's health services, Brima Kargbo. Khan was admitted last week into an…

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  • Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    By Umaru Fofana and Adam Bailes FREETOWN (Reuters) - The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients,…

  • Poachers threaten new slaughter of South African elephants

    Rangers in South Africa's Kruger national park, already struggling to cope with well-armed rhino poachers, said Tuesday they were preparing to face a new onslaught against the park's elephants. More than one thousand rhino were slaughtered in South Africa last year, mostly in Kruger, but the park…

  • S.Africa's jobless rate climbs to six-year high

    South Africa's unemployment rate rose to its highest point in six years in the second quarter, with more than five million people out of work, official data showed on Tuesday. The unemployment rate in the three months to the end of June rose to 25.5 percent, from 25.2 percent in the first three…

  • Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.

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  • Gold, diamonds feed Central African religious violence

    By Daniel Flynn NDASSIMA Central African Republic (Reuters) - Three young rebels, their AK47s propped against wooden stools in the afternoon heat, guard the entrance to the giant Ndassima goldmine carved deep into a forested hilltop in Central African Republic. The mine, owned by Canada's Axmin ,…

  • Britain's Gemili snatches 100m silver in Glasgow

    Kemar Bailey-Cole maintained Jamaica's 100m men's supremacy in the absence of illustrious teammate Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, but Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare spoiled their hopes of a sprint double. The 22-year-old Bailey-Cole came back from a poor start to power through in…

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  • Hughes scores unbeaten 202 to set Australian mark

    DARWIN, Australia (AP) — Phillip Hughes set a domestic batting record when he plundered an unbeaten 202 in Australia A's one-day game against South Africa A on Tuesday.

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  • New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest…

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  • Burundi party's 'relentless' intimdation ahead of polls: Amnesty

    Burundi's ruling party is carrying out a "relentless campaign of intimidation" against opposition and critics, ahead of presidential elections next year, Amnesty International said Tuesday. "The government's clampdown on free expression and peaceful assembly has serious implications for human…

  • Bailey-Cole fills Bolt void, as Aussies share spoils in the pool

    Kemar Bailey-Cole maintained Jamaica's 100m men's supremacy in the absence of illustrious teammate Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, but Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare spoiled their hopes of a sprint double. The 22-year-old Bailey-Cole came back from a poor start to power through in…

  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging young leaders from the continent to empower women.

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  • Obama: World needs 'prosperous and self-reliant Africa'

    US President Barack Obama kicked up a major outreach to Africa on Monday by urging youth leaders to build a "prosperous and self-reliant" future for the continent built on civil rights and the rule of law. Speaking a week before almost all of Africa's leaders descend on Washington for a summit,…

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  • Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US

    Washington (AFP) - Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.

  • Bell, Ballance pile on runs against India in third Test

    Ian Bell ended his century drought in style after Gary Ballance made his Test-best score as England piled on the runs against India in the third Test at Southampton on Monday. Bell made 167 and Ballance 156 before Test debutant Jos Buttler rode his luck to make 85 as England captain Alastair Cook…

  • Matthew, David retain squash titles

    Nick Matthew lead an English sweep in the men's squash at the Commonwealth Games on Monday as Nicol David joined Malaysia's gold medal run by winning the women's event. Matthew became the first squash player to win the men's title in successive Commonwealth Games by beating compatriot James…

  • Total sells S.African coal assets to Exxaro for $472mn

    French oil giant Total on Monday said it had inked a deal to sell its South African coal assets to mining company Exxaro Resources for $472 million (350 million euros). Exxaro is South Africa's second-largest coal producer, with seven coal mines that produce about 40 million tonnes annually. Last…

  • Kate, Wills add royal flair to Commonwealth Games

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The second in line to the British throne visited the Commonwealth Games on Monday, and he brought along a few of his relatives.

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  • 5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here are five things to know about Ebola and how it is…

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