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  • Africa's economy to strengthen in 2015 despite Ebola, oil price

    Africa's overall economy should advance in 2015, expanding by 4.5 percent, showing resilience despite weak commodity prices and the devastating Ebola epidemic, an annual report published Monday said. "Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to strengthen to 4.5 percent in 2015 and…

    AFP20 mins ago
  • Petrol, diesel sellers agree to end crippling Nigeria fuel strike

    The major companies and unions that distribute petroleum products across Nigeria agreed on Monday to end a devastating fuel strike that has largely shut down Africa's biggest economy. The main unions and industrial groups who are collectively responsible for supplying and distributing the majority…

    AFP24 mins ago
  • Burkina Faso to exhume grave of Thomas Sankara, colleagues

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso started exhuming the graves of 13 people on Monday, including revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, whose death nearly 30 years ago in a coup has remained a mystery.

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  • Burkina begins exhumation of slain ex-leader's remains

    The remains of Burkina Faso's slain former president Thomas Sankara and 12 of his colleagues who were assassinated during a coup d'etat in 1987 began to be exhumed on Monday. Sankara was a popular Marxist army captain who came to power in a 1983 coup and transformed what was then the former French…

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  • Nigeria: Africa's most populous nation

    Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn in as Nigeria's new president this week, more than 30 years since he headed a military regime. Nigeria's population reached 173 million in 2014, according to the World Bank, against 100 million in 1984-1985, a growth of 73 percent over three decades. The three…

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  • Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a story May 25 about Nigeria's fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The correct figure is more than 2 million barrels a day.

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  • BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in South Africa

    The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market. The two companies will roll out fast-charging stations from now until 2017 which BMW and Nissan cars can use to…

    Reuters
  • High expectations in Nigeria as Buhari takes power

    Muhammadu Buhari formally takes over as Nigeria's president this week but his inauguration could not have come at a worse time, with the country reeling from a cash crunch and a crippling strike over fuel. Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) party accused President Goodluck Jonathan's…

    AFP
  • Gnarled gnomes of wine world win top award for S.Africa

    Gnarled and gnomish, the vines that produced the best white in one of the world's top wine competitions crouch low and untrellised amid more traditional vineyards in South Africa's scenic Cape winelands. The Chenin Blanc made from these 40-year-old "bush vines" beat global competition across the…

    AFP
  • Sierra Leone marks grim Ebola anniversary

    On May 24 last year a pregnant woman and an older housewife staggered into Kenema hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and were diagnosed within a day as the country's first Ebola cases. Both women had attended the funeral of a widely-respected faith healer known as Mendinor, whose "powers" were…

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  • Nigeria in crisis as presidential handover looms: opposition

    Nigeria's opposition on Sunday accused outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of leaving a country in crisis, as fuel shortages brought the nation to a standstill just days from Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration. Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) highlighted record lows in electricity…

    AFP
  • Chelsea ends title-winning season with victory

    LONDON (AP) — Before raising the Premier League trophy aloft, Chelsea's players first decided to lift something just as precious: striker Didier Drogba.

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  • Burkina Faso to exhume body of slain ex-leader Sankara

    The remains of slain former president Thomas Sankara and 12 of his colleagues who were assassinated during a coup d'etat in 1987 will be exhumed Monday, a judicial source said Sunday. Thomas Sankara was a popular Marxist army captain who came to power in a 1983 coup and transformed what was then…

    AFP
  • Italian couple suspected of skimming off migrant money: prosecutor

    An Italian couple have been arrested on suspicion of running a charity that skimmed off state money intended to help manage rising numbers of migrants, a prosecutor in the southern city of Naples said. The arrests came months after police said they had uncovered a gang in Rome profiting illegally…

    Reuters
  • U.N., EU, Africa urge dialogue in Burundi after politician's killing

    By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United Nations, the European Union and African nations urged Burundi's government and the opposition on Sunday not to let violence derail dialogue, after an opposition politician was shot dead and some groups said they were boycotting talks. U.N.…

    Reuters
  • Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

    Ethiopians voted Sunday in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power. The outgoing Ethiopian parliament had one opposition MP, and one of the main opposition candidates, Yilekal…

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  • Ruling party seen winning Ethiopian vote, opposition says supporters harassed

    By Drazen Jorgic and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth, while opponents complained that their supporters were harassed. In…

    Reuters
  • Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants from crowded boat

    Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said. Italy closed down a specialized naval mission to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean last year, but continues to bear the brunt of the…

    Reuters