Africa News

  • UK to give £5 million to fight illegal wildlife trade

    Britain is to give up to £5 million for projects that tackle the illegal wildlife trade, which threatens animals such as elephants, rhinos and tigers, the government is to announce on Wednesday. "The illegal trade in animal products is putting some of our most iconic species like elephants,…

    AFP
  • International outcry after Burundian rights activist shot

    The attempted killing of a leading rights activist, shot in the face by a gunman, triggered international outrage on Tuesday and stoked fears of worsening violence in Burundi. Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, who publicly opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term last month, was shot on…

    AFP
  • Latvian protesters call for brake on immigration

    Around 250 Latvian nationalists on Tuesday picketed the capital's main government building to protest against European Union plans to resettle refugees from Africa and the Middle East. "I don't feel that EU institutions are listening to our concerns about taking in refugees from very different…

    AFP
  • Cecil the lion case charts new territory for U.S. wildlife law

    By Ayesha Rascoe and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Aug4 (Reuters) - A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed a celebrated Zimbabwean lion. The killing last month of 13-year-old Cecil, a rare…

    Reuters
  • Nigeria names new head of state-run oil company

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new head of the country's corruption-hit state oil company, weeks after after sacking the entire board, his spokesman said on Tuesday. Buhari took office on May 29 and axed Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) chief Joseph Thlama Dawha and…

    AFP
  • Djibouti launches airline backed by Iron Maiden rock star

    The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has relaunched its national airline -- a company managed by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday. Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, recommenced flights on Monday with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to…

    AFP
  • Judge remands brother of Moroccan who died trying to reach Spain in suitcase

    A Spanish judge on Tuesday remanded in custody a French man of Moroccan origin whose brother died from suffocation while trying to enter Spain illegally hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of his car. The 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after his younger…

    AFP
  • Aussies dominate podium at world swimming

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Australia dominated the 100-meter backstroke events at the world swimming championships Tuesday, winning the men's title and going 1-2 in the women's final.

    Associated Press
  • Only two Ebola cases reported in past week, but risks remain: WHO

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Guinea and Sierra Leone each recorded a single cases of Ebola in the past week, putting a year-end goal of ending the deadly epidemic within reach, although risks remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Tight surveillance and tracing…

    Reuters
  • Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic

    Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth. In a submission to back a 2001 claim at the UN Commission on the Limits of the…

    AFP
  • Gradel joins Bournemouth from Saint-Etienne

    Promoted Premier League side Bournemouth on Tuesday announced the signing of Ivory Coast forward Max-Alain Gradel from Saint-Etienne on a four-year contract. The deal sees Gradel, 27, return to a club where he previously spent two spells on loan during the 2007-08 season. The transfer fee was not…

    AFP
  • Britain begins sale of stake in Royal Bank of Scotland  

    Britain's government has begun selling its majority stake in bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), aiming to reduce state debt and kickstart the lender's full return to the private sector, the Treasury said Tuesday. The government has sold 5.4 percent of RBS for £2.1 billion ($3.3 billion, 3.0…

    AFP
  • Delicate operation shifts one-tonne rhino out of poaching hotspot

    By Ed Stoddard KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) - As a helicopter hovers above, men emerge from the bush, using rope to haul a one-tonne male white rhino they have sedated with a dart fired from the air.    The animal is one of hundreds to be moved from "hotspots" in South Africa's…

    Reuters
  • James Guy of Britain wins 200 freestyle at swim worlds

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — James Guy of Britain has defeated a loaded field to win the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships.

    Associated Press
  • Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory en route to China

    BERLIN (AP) — Customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Concern over lion hunting rises in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Debate is intensifying in South Africa over the practice of hunting captive-bred lions.

    Associated Press
  • Firing of generals raises fear of return to Algerian strife

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is in the grips of political intrigue, as the president nears death and rumors of coup attempts swirl. Now, the unprecedented firing of three top generals is generating fear that a power struggle within the regime will break into the open — unleashing a new cycle of…

    Associated Press
  • South Africa's Tutu discharged from hospital after recurring infection

    Prominent anti-apartheid cleric and veteran South African leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was released from hospital on Tuesday after being re-admitted for a recurring infection related to treatment for his prostate cancer, his daughter said. Tutu, 83, who was hospitalized over the weekend at a…

    Reuters