Africa News

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe, 90, becomes African Union chairman

    The only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980 assumed the largely ceremonial role when he was handed the AU flag and gavel at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In his acceptance speech, Africa's oldest head of state spoke of the need to guard against…

    Reuters16 mins ago
  • South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those who knew de Kock's victims are struggling to accept his…

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.

    Associated Press31 mins ago
  • Mugabe: A controversial choice for AU chairman

    The new chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, is the continent's oldest leader -- and one of its most controversial post-colonial figures. To most of Africa, he was an anti-colonial hero. Despite this, Mugabe -- who turns 91 next month -- remains admired in much of…

    AFP53 mins ago
  • UN chief tells African leaders not to 'cling to power'

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an…

    AFP
  • Nigeria oil rebels warn of unrest unless Jonathan re-elected

    Kennedy Tonjo-West is unhappy at the way Nigeria's main opposition party and northern politicians have been criticising President Goodluck Jonathan's record in the run-up to next month's election. If and when we do, Boko Haram will be child's play. Such threats are not to be taken lightly, with…

    AFP
  • Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

    Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says. Badawi, born on January 13, 1984, is the father of two girls aged 11 and seven with his wife Ensaf Haidar, his teenage…

    AFP
  • African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

    The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants. The call for collective action came as leaders of the 54-member bloc opened their two-day annual summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa,…

    AFP
  • South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer

    By Ed Stoddard PRETORIA (Reuters) - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison. Justice Minister…

    Reuters
  • South African private school firm denies race segregation charges

    By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A popular South African private school firm on Friday denied charges of racially segregating classrooms, saying it sometimes separates children based on culture, a policy that has provoked public anger 20 years after the end of apartheid. A group of around…

    Reuters
  • Burundi rivals hold talks to ease pre-vote tensions

    Burundi's ruling party has said it is "ready for compromise" with the opposition to ensure peaceful elections, as warnings mount of the risk of violence in the upcoming key polls. Opposition politicians however said they were suspicious of the apparent olive branch. The CNDD-FDD party of…

    AFP
  • US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat

    SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) — When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp. in Washington.

    Associated Press
  • Robert Allenby gets only a few boos and comments in return

    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — Robert Allenby feared the worst Thursday at the Phoenix Open in his first round since his mysterious misadventure in Hawaii.

    Associated Press
  • Nigerian govt blocking journalist visas: main opposition

    Nigeria's main opposition party on Thursday accused the government of blocking foreign journalists from covering next month's elections and urged international monitors to press for access. The All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed there had been a "systematic denial of visas" by the Peoples…

    AFP
  • New push in Congress for more oversight of US aid agency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in West Africa…

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  • New push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of US aid agency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western…

    Associated Press
  • Under-reported conflicts seen affecting millions in 2015

    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine make headlines in the West, around 30 other conflicts receive little press coverage, and the resulting lack of pressure for change could have serious implications for millions of people, experts say. Civil…

    Reuters