Africa News

  • At least 19 killed in Tanzanian mine collapse

    Dar es Salaam (AFP) - At least 19 Tanzanian gold miners were killed when the pit they were working in collapsed in the northwestern Msalala district, a local government official said Saturday.

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  • Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

    MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment.

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  • UN warns of Burundi election violence

    The UN Security Council warned that upcoming elections in Burundi could turn violent and vowed to take action against those who are fomenting unrest. The 15-member council called on the government and the opposition to refrain from acts of violence and intimidation ahead of the May parliamentary…

  • City aim to avoid Hammer blow in top-four bid

    Manchester City's attempt to remain in the top four of the Premier League has been hampered by a five-man injury list and the news that captain Vincent Kompany may not play again this season. Manuel Pellegrini's side, who have slipped to the fourth and final Champions League qualifying place, will…

  • Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human body.

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  • South Africa attacks on foreigners spark anger abroad

    Countries neighbouring South Africa on Friday prepared to evacuate their citizens from South Africa as the UN raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks which have displaced thousands. The anti-foreigner violence, which erupted in the eastern port city of Durban, has left at least six people…

  • Gulf states unhappy about U.N. chief's ceasefire appeal: sources

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday. The main…

  • Obama, Renzi pledge to focus on threats from Libya

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to work more intensely with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on threats coming from instability in Libya that have led to an influx of migrants across the Mediterranean.

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  • Italy struggles with fresh wave of Mediterranean migrants

    A surge of migrants pouring into Europe from across the Mediterranean won't end before chaos in Libya is controlled, Italy's prime minister said Friday, as the Vatican condemned a deadly clash between Muslim and Christian refugees on one boat. The migrant wave has swelled in recent days on the…

  • Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists claim UN suicide attack in Mali

    The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility in a recording Friday for a deadly suicide attack on the United Nations in Mali. Two civilians were killed and nine peacekeepers from Niger wounded when a militant set off explosives as he…

  • Greece seeks more EU aid to cope with soaring immigration

    PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Greece appealed to its European Union partners Friday for more help in policing its sea borders as immigrants increasingly make dangerous journeys to escape war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

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  • Boko Haram slit throats of 12 as army tries to save civilians: sources

    Boko Haram militants have slit the throats of 12 people in northeast Nigeria as the army was trying to evacuate civilians from the area, a military source and a witness said on Friday. The Islamist group has been driven out of much of the huge swathe of territory they controlled at the start of…

  • The globe's record heat keeps on broiling into this year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's been no break from the globe's record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.

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  • Collapse of illegal Tanzanian gold mine kills 19 people

    The collapse of an illegal gold mine has killed 19 people in northwest Tanzania, a senior police official said on Friday. The accident occurred on Thursday night at Kahama district, Shinyanga region, near Acacia Mining's licensed Bulyanhulu gold mine which is majority-owned by Canada's Barrick…

  • Burundi police clash with protestors ahead of polls

    Police in Burundi on Friday fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters calling for the president not to run for a third term, as tensions rise in the central African state. Opposition parties are concerned at incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza's expected bid for a third term in June…

  • Zimbabwe to bring home nationals caught in S.Africa attacks

    Zimbabwe will evacuate its nationals caught in anti-foreigner violence that has left six people dead in South Africa, the country's ambassador told media Friday. The country's ambassador to South Africa Isaac Moyo said Harare will Sunday begin the repatriation of about 1,000 Zimbabwean citizens…

  • Some foreign-owned shops and cars torched in Johannesburg

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several shops and cars owned by foreigners were torched in downtown Johannesburg overnight in continued anti-immigrant attacks but another city that had seen the worst violence was calm, authorities said Friday.

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  • Montenegrin police arrest 16 for smuggling migrants

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police in Montenegro say they have arrested 16 people suspected of smuggling into Serbia 138 Syrian migrants who were trying to flee their war-ravaged country and reach Western Europe

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