Africa News

  • 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…

    AFP24 mins ago
  • 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…

    AFP25 mins ago
  • 5 Questions That Will Not Get You Hired

    The wrong questions can tank even the best interview. Here are five questions you should never ask in a job interview.

  • 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…

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • 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…

    AFP31 mins ago
  • 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.

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Obama: World needs 'prosperous and self-reliant Africa'

    US President Barack Obama warned Monday that the future stability of the world depends on African nations achieving prosperity and self-reliance, in an address to youth leaders from the continent. "The security and prosperity and justice that we seek in the world cannot be achieved without a…

    AFP41 mins ago
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women.

    Associated Press53 mins ago
  • 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…

    Associated Press
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  • Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died

    By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut down and quarantined on Monday a hospital where a man died of Ebola, the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry aged in…

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

    Conflicts and repression around the world in 2013 triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, a US report said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes. "In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a…

  • Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities

    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders after the deadly tropical virus spread to two of west Africa's largest cities. Liberia, along with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has…

  • Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three dead

    Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others, police and a military source said. The other suicide bomber at the petrol station killed herself and…

  • Obama renames Africa program for Nelson Mandela

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed the inaugural class of young African leaders to Washington Monday, drawing cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

    Associated Press
  • Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

    Associated Press
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  • South Africa's NUMSA union agrees wage deal to end four-week strike

    By Zandi Shabalala JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's main manufacturing union, NUMSA, has agreed to end a four-week strike after accepting a wage increase offer from employers, union leader Irvin Jim said on Monday. More than 200,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South…

  • South Africa regains top spot with series win

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — South Africa frustrated Sri Lanka's spin attack with a defensive batting strategy to earn a draw in the second test on Monday and win the two-match series 1-0, launching them back to No. 1 in the world test rankings.

    Associated Press
  • India has 4th shooting gold at Commonwealth Games

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — India won its fourth shooting gold medal of the Commonwealth Games when Jitu Rai won the 50-meter pistol event Monday.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa win Sri Lanka test series 1-0

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — South Africa frustrated Sri Lanka's spin attack with a defensive batting strategy to earn a draw in the second test on Monday and win the two-match series, 1-0.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa inches toward test series win

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Patient batting from captain Hashim Amla raised South Africa's hopes of drawing the second test with Sri Lanka and winning the two-test series after the tourists reached 104-4 at tea on the rainy final day Monday.

    Associated Press
  • Medium chance of cyclone off the west coast of Africa: NHC

    (Reuters) - A tropical wave located about 550 miles (885 km) southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, off the west coast of Africa, has a medium, or 30 percent chance, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday in its latest update.…

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