Africa News

  • West Africa seeks to seal off Ebola-hit regions

    West Africa's Ebola-hit nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital on Friday to discuss the…

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  • U.S. FDA says 'stands ready' to work with companies developing Ebola drugs

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The worst Ebola outbreak in history is heaping new pressure on U.S. regulators to speed the development of treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 700 people since February. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said in an…

    Reuters
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  • NATO must respond to Russia: Cameron

    NATO must rethink its long-term relationship with Russia and strengthen the alliance's ability to respond quickly to any threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday. NATO needs to sustain a "robust" defensive presence in eastern Europe, Cameron wrote in a letter to the alliance's…

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  • Ebola moving faster than control efforts

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.

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  • Bolt makes Comm Games debut after Glasgow uproar

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn't show it on Friday as the Jamaican sprint star made his Commonwealth Games debut.

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  • Bolt storms into limelight, English teen grabs fourth gold

    Usain Bolt made a storming start to his Commonwealth Games Friday by leading Jamaica into the final of the 4x100m relay on a day when pint-sized gymnast Claudia Fragapane became England's best performer at a Games in 84 years. Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt ran the fourth leg of the…

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  • Bolt makes track debut at Commonwealth Games

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn't show it on Friday as the Jamaican sprint star made his track debut at the Commonwealth Games

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  • 'Geek' helps England into women's hockey final

    England will face Australia for women's hockey gold at the Commonwealth Games after a self-confessed goalkeeping 'geek' helped them beat New Zealand 3-1 on a penalty shootout on Friday. Defending champions Australia had earlier cruised into the final with a 7-1 mauling of South Africa. The two…

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  • African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

    By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health…

    Reuters
  • Unclear whether sanctions can influence Russia

    No one doubts the latest EU and US economic sanctions on Russia will inflict significant costs, but whether they can force Moscow to reverse course in Ukraine is a completely different question. The United States has been making life difficult for Cuba for more than 50 years but its communist…

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  • US to screen people from Ebola-hit regions for Africa summit

    The United States will screen delegates from Ebola-hit countries traveling to Washington for an unprecedented Africa summit, President Barack Obama said Friday, voicing confidence that appropriate measures have been taken. He added there would be "additional screening" when they were in the United…

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  • Obama says some at African summit will undergo Ebola screening

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States takes risks from the deadly Ebola virus very seriously and that some participants at an Africa summit taking place in Washington will be screened for exposure. "We are taking the appropriate precautions," he said.…

    Reuters
  • Kenya launches giant port construction with $480m deal

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched Friday a construction deal for the first berths in a proposed multi-billion dollar port, the day after ordering vast tracts of "stolen" land be repossessed. The planned $24 billion (18 billion euro) Lamu port project, due to be finished by 2030, is intended…

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  • Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?

    LONDON (AP) — In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.

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  • S.Africa mob fire bombs suspected criminal hideout

    Residents in Johannesburg hurled petrol bombs at an abandoned building on Friday in a bid to smoke out members of a suspected criminal gang who were hiding inside, a security official said. Private security officer Matthew Brook told AFP a mob threw petrol bombs at the suspected hideout before…

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  • England wins diving gold to increase medal lead

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — England increased its lead in the gold medal race at the Commonwealth Games when divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won the synchronized 3-meter springboard and two gymnasts won individual apparatus events.

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  • S.Sudan media crackdown stifling debate on war

    Amid civil war and famine warnings, South Sudan's tough security forces have cracked down on journalists, suffocating debate on how to end the fighting, rights groups warned Friday. South Sudan's feared National Security Service (NSS) should "stop seizing and shutting down newspapers as well as…

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  • Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

    By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and was condemned by Western and other donors, some of whom withheld aid in protest. Under the Anti-Homosexuality Act, those…

    Reuters
  • South Sudan conflict drives idea of oil wealth monitoring

    By Drazen Jorgic and Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan's oil fields have become a battleground in the struggle for power in Africa's newest nation, encouraging Western nations and regional mediators to consider international monitoring of crude revenues as a way to remove a major bone…

    Reuters
  • South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday.

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