Africa News

  • New UN Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis

    Accra (AFP) - The new head of the UN Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.

    AFP
  • 'We all thought we were going to die': Syria shipwreck survivor

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The light was fading so quickly that Mohammed Kazkji lost count of the number of people drowning around him. "I was terrified as it was getting dark and I thought no one would come for us," the 22-year-old student fleeing from Damascus,…

    Reuters
  • Emirates inks deal to manage Angola's airline

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates airline — the Middle East's largest carrier — has signed a 10-year management deal with Angola's national airline in a move that could bolster the Dubai-based carrier's foothold in Africa.

    Associated Press
  • England prop Corbisiero out of November tests

    LONDON (AP) — England prop Alex Corbisiero will miss the November tests after tearing a ligament in his shoulder, deepening the team's front-row problems ahead of matches against the southern hemisphere powers.

    Associated Press
  • At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines.

    Associated Press
  • South African court postpones Malema corruption trial

    Polokwane (South Africa) (AFP) - A South African court on Tuesday suspended the corruption trial of firebrand politician Julius Malema, pushing the high-profile case against the self-appointed graft-buster back by nearly a year.

    AFP
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  • Ebola epidemic battering Liberian economy: minister

    Geneva (AFP) - Liberia's Ebola crisis is battering the economy of a nation that has spent the past decade recovering from 14 years of civil war, its minister of commerce said Tuesday.

    AFP
  • Correction: Ebola story

    The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

    Associated Press
  • South African trade deficit doubles: official data

    Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa's monthly trade deficit more than doubled to 16 billion rand ($1.5 billion, 1.1 billion euros) in August, pointing to serious problems for Africa's most developed economy.

    AFP
  • Egypt's Sisi delivers economic reforms but hurdles remain

    By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - In his first 100 days in office, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a fast start on economic reform: slashing costly fuel subsidies, raising taxes and devising infrastructure projects to secure long-term revenues and ease unemployment. Those are…

    Reuters
  • AP PHOTOS: Rush-hour keeps billions on the move

    On packed subways and crowded highways, billions of people participate in a short-distance population shift twice a day: the rhythmic ritual of the daily commute to and from work.

    Associated Press
  • Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

    By Maggie Fick SHEKHAN Iraq (Reuters) - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that…

    Reuters
  • Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.

    Associated Press
  • Ex-England prop Sheridan retires with neck injury

    Former England and British Lions loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan retired from rugby on Tuesday because of a neck injury, his management company said.

    Associated Press
  • Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city

    By Chris Mfula and Aaron Ross LUSAKA/KINSHASA (Reuters) - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption. It's not quite…

    Reuters
  • Nigeria votes for new FA bosses to end leadership tussle

    Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's embattled football association on Tuesday elects a new president and executive committee, hoping to draw a line under a leadership struggle that took the country to the brink of a FIFA ban.

    AFP
  • Chinese athletes set to shine at Asian Games

    Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - Chinese athletes aim to show their class in the Asian Games track and field on Tuesday after a row over talented imported from Africa.

    AFP