Africa News

  • Cricket World Cup: England loses again badly; Pakistan wins

    England lost another Cricket World Cup match by a big margin Sunday, and its odds of making the quarterfinals are fading. Pakistan did the opposite, winning for the first time in three matches to improve its chances of reaching the final eight.

    Associated Press58 mins ago
  • Results trickle in after Lesotho's snap polls

    Vote results were trickling in Sunday in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho after a snap election held to resolve a political crisis triggered by an alleged coup bid last year. Saturday's parliamentary poll, which was called two years ahead of schedule, passed without incident…

    AFP
  • Migrants flock to EU door along Serbia's border with Hungary

    ALONG THE SERBIA-HUNGARY BORDER (AP) — Exhausted, hungry and cold, they have been walking for miles. What little they have is carried in plastic bags. They camp in abandoned homes, followed by stray dogs hoping to snag a morsel.

    Associated Press
  • Slum girl to silver screen: Uganda's chess prodigy

    Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a famished nine-year-old foraging for food in the sprawling and impoverished slums of the Ugandan capital. Now a chess champion who competes internationally, her tale of triumph over adversity is being turned into a Hollywood epic with Oscar-winning Kenyan…

    AFP
  • Gatland wary of Irish dogfight

    Warren Gatland believes Wales must avoid getting dragged into a dogfight if they are to beat Ireland in the Six Nations in two weeks. Wales are back in the Six Nations title running after successive away wins over Scotland and France following their opening 21-16 defeat at home to England. With…

    AFP
  • Burundi's government calls anti-opposition rally 'for peace'

    Thousands of Burundians took part in a government-backed rally "for peace" Saturday, where speakers took aim at the opposition, civil groups and the media, accusing them of leading the country towards war. The demonstration in the capital Bujumbura was mirrored at rallies organised by the…

    AFP
  • Ivory Coast ruling coalition partner backs Ouattara re-election bid

    By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's main coalition partner on Saturday formally endorsed a deal to support the incumbent's bid for re-election in polls later this year. The support of former president Henri Konan Bedie's Democratic Party of Ivory…

    Reuters
  • Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.

    Associated Press
  • Vote counting begins after snap election in crisis-hit Lesotho

    Vote counting was underway in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, following a snap election aimed at resolving a political crisis triggered by an alleged coup bid. "Everything I've come across tells me everything has gone extremely well," Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of…

    AFP
  • Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty. Thousands of supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF, many wearing party regalia emblazoned with the president's…

    AFP
  • Somalia's al Shabaab injures police in Mogadishu car bomb

    By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali militants al Shabaab detonated a car bomb in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring two police officers, police and a spokesman for the Islamists said. The al Qaeda-affiliated group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011…

    Reuters
  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

    VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites.

    Associated Press
  • Burkina filmfest accepts 'Timbuktu' despite security fears

    Award-winning movie "Timbuktu" exposing the brutal rule of jihadists in northern Mali will be in the lineup at this weekend's prestigious African film festival Fespaco despite security fears, Burkina Faso's culture minister said. "The government of Burkina Faso has decided on the screening of…

    AFP
  • India thrashes UAE by 9 wickets in World Cup Pool B match

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned a career-best 4-25 to set up defending champion India's nine-wicket win over second-tier United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B match on Saturday.

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  • New Zealand edge past Australia, India thrash UAE at World Cup

    New Zealand reached the World Cup quarter-finals with a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in Auckland on Saturday, while 5,500km away in Perth India destroyed the amateurs of the UAE by nine wickets. New Zealand carved out a fourth win in four games in Pool A but, in pursuit of just 152…

    AFP
  • Keshi says Nigeria offered him 'slave contract'

    Coach Stephen Keshi has said a new deal offered to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)amounts to a "slave contract". A debate has raged whether 52-year-old Keshi should be given a new contract after he failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial…

    AFP
  • Dozens of Syrian and Iraqi migrants rescued off Romanian coast

    Romania's coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas on Saturday. The boat, which was crammed with migrants including 20 women and seven children, was…

    Reuters
  • Lesotho goes to polls in bid for stability six months after coup attempt

    By Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - The people of Lesotho voted on Saturday in a tense election they hope will restore stability six months after an attempted coup in the southern African nation. Lesotho has been on a political knife-edge since August after soldiers…

    Reuters