Africa News

  • Goetze goal in WCup final ties tournament record

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mario Goetze's winning goal for Germany in the World Cup final was the 171st scored in Brazil, equaling the tournament record.

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  • Taliban survivor Malala, in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls

    By Tim Cocks and Abraham Terngu ABUJA (Reuters) - Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday,…

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  • France ends Mali offensive, redeploys troops to restive Sahel

    France said Sunday its military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider, largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence. The so-called Serval offensive kicked off in January last year when French troops came to…

  • In Nigeria, Boko Haram-style violence radiates southwards

    By Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) - As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria's remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the more prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders. Boko Haram leader Abubabar Shekau claimed…

  • Marquez wins German GP for 9th straight victory

    HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany (AP) — Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on Sunday for the fifth time in as many visits to make it nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defense.

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  • Clashes in northern Mali kill at least 30 ahead of peace talks

    More than 30 people were killed in desert clashes in northern Mali, the army and Tuareg rebels said, just days before the start of internationally-brokered peace talks. Al Qaeda-linked Islamists took advantage of a Tuareg separatist uprising and occupied swathes of northern Mali in 2012 before…

  • France wrapping up military operation in Mali

    PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister says the French military operation in Mali "fulfilled its mission" and is being reorganized into a regional force against terrorists across northwest Africa.

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  • Marquez wins German GP for ninth straight victory

    HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany (AP) — Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring for the fifth time in as many visits to make it nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defense.

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  • Dental Implants: What You Should Know

    Thinking of getting dental implants? There are critical things you should know before going under the knife for the perfect smile.

  • Iran sticks to 'unworkable, inadequate' stances in nuclear talks: U.S.

    By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has stuck to "unworkable and inadequate" positions in nuclear talks with six world powers despite a looming deadline for a deal to end sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic programme, a U.S. official said on…

  • Putin, Kirchner seek 'multipolarity' in Argentina visit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions. Putin is on a six-day tour seeking to increase Moscow's influence in the region at a time when…

  • Indian premier Modi pins hope on new BRICS bank

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Brazil Sunday for a meeting of the BRICS group of emerging powers, hoping to seal the long-discussed deal to open a new development bank. Modi will be the guest of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff who also hosts the leaders of Russia, China and South…

  • Water everywhere for DR Congo city yet scarcely a drop to drink

    Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, sits by one of the world's largest freshwater reservoirs and has some of Africa's heaviest annual rainfall, yet it is a thirsty place. Most of the city's one million residents, living close to the shores of Lake Kivu, have to struggle every day…

  • China's leader Xi departs for South America tour

    Beijing (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday departed for a visit to four South American countries, including Brazil, to build ties in a resources-rich region traditionally considered the backyard of the United States.

  • Shakira: I thank World Cup for changing my life

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preparing to perform at her third World Cup, pop star Shakira says she thanks football for changing her life.

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  • Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements on nuclear energy generation with Argentina on Saturday as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence in the region.

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  • Nigerian president hails Soyinka on his 80th birthday

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan praised compatriot Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel literature prize laureate who turns 80 on Sunday, for using his talents to promote good governance. Jonathan applauded Soyinka's "life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to using his acclaimed genius and…

  • Sri Lanka's Senanayake banned for illegal action

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Off spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from international cricket after his bowling action was deemed illegal following biomechanical tests, Sri Lanka Cricket said Saturday.

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  • Root, Anderson put on 198 for 10th wicket vs India

    NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara made half centuries as India reached 167-3 at stumps on Saturday in its second innings to lead England by 128 runs with one day left in the first test.

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  • South African salvage master to refloat Costa Concordia

    After rescuing a burning ship from pirate-infested waters off Yemen and a sinking oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, South African salvage master Nick Sloane faces his biggest test yet off an idyllic Mediterranean island. The 52-year-old says the attempt to float the Costa Concordia cruise ship, due…

  • Putin in Argentina, building Russian ties

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin met Argentina's president on Saturday as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence and investments in the region.

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