Africa News

  • Morocco says to bolster security in the face of 'threats'

    Morocco, which has frequently reported the arrest of jihadists and is concerned over the number of its citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, announced Saturday plans to bolster its security. Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said new measures will be deployed progressively to "confront the different…

    AFP
  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

    Associated Press
  • Botswana's ruling party leads in early election results

    Early results from Botswana's general elections showed the ruling party in the lead but opposition parties making inroads in the diamond-rich southern African state, according to preliminary figures released by the electoral commission. With just 11 of the 57 parliamentary seats declared, the…

    AFP
  • Colleagues: US doctor with Ebola was very careful

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — An American doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in Guinea was a hard worker who conscientiously followed safety procedures, two colleagues said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Korda, Pace share lead in Blue Bay LPGA

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) — American Jessica Korda rebounded from an opening double bogey for a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the Blue Bay LPGA.

    Associated Press
  • Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

    By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at…

    Reuters
  • Olesen leads Perth International 3rd round lead

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen's bunker shots and putting helped him grind out a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the Perth International golf tournament by three strokes after the third round.

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  • Waratahs inspire ball-in-hand Golden Lions for Currie Cup final

    Golden Lions will draw inspiration from Super 15 champions New South Wales Waratahs when they face Western Province Saturday in the South African Currie Cup final. Johannesburg-based Lions mirror the style of the Australians, scoring 50 tries in 11 matches en route to the final at Newlands…

    AFP
  • WHO: Mali case put many at risk for Ebola

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday.

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  • Britain, Sweden donate to struggling UN Ebola Fund

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - New pledges of financial aid to a UN Ebola fund have reached $118 million with Britain and Sweden offering sizeable contributions after UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more money.

    AFP
  • Botswana votes as ruling party faces resurgent opposition

    Election authorities in Botswana began counting votes after polling ended Friday in a vote where the ruling party faced an unprecedented test against an invigorated opposition. Voting ended at 1900 GMT, following a two-hour extension to make up for early morning glitches in some areas, the…

    AFP
  • UN clamps down on Somalia Shebab 'lifeline'

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Friday authorized ship inspections off Somalia's coast to clamp down on the charcoal trade providing a lifeline to Shebab Islamists.

    AFP
  • Ex-world 800m champion Mulaudzi dies in car crash - Zuma

    Former world 800-metre champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died Friday aged 34 in a car crash on his way to a Johannesburg athletics meeting, President Jacob Zuma said in a statement. "The nation has lost a true hero and one of our most disciplined and talented athletes, who flew the South African flag…

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  • Serowe: Unassuming hometown of Botswana presidents

    Tucked away in the sparse savanna of central Botswana, the town of Serowe is off the radar for most travellers despite being the home town of three of the country's four presidents. It's the birthplace of Khama's father, the southern African country's founding president Seretse Khama, as well as…

    AFP
  • Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

    David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The prime minister hijacked a meeting that was meant to be focused on Europe's stalling economy, saying the…

    AFP
  • Gunmen kidnap Nigeria oil minister's sister: police

    The sister of Nigeria's powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targeting a prominent political family. Osio Agama, whose sister Diezani Alison-Madueke leads Africa's largest oil industry, was seized at gunpoint as…

    AFP
  • Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in

    Calais (France) (AFP) - "Fed up", an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough.

    AFP