Africa News

  • Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

    Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday. Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline…

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  • James, Rutherford give Glasgow Olympic touch

    Olympic champions Kirani James and Greg Rutherford brought world-class performances to the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday while Usain Bolt hit back at claims that he'd made disparaging remarks about the event. James won the men's 400m to give Grenada its first Commonwealth Games gold and became…

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  • World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert

    Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone…

  • Fatigue, fear are daily lot of Ebola fighters

    Doctors, nurses and hospital workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in west Africa are struggling with a daily burden of exhaustion, shortage of staff and fear for themselves over the deadly virus, specialists say. Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who…

  • Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola

    Liberia announced Wednesday it was shutting all schools and placing "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa. "All schools are ordered closed following further directives from the ministry of education,"…

  • Keshi set for improved Nigeria deal

    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed on Wednesday they are finalising a new deal for national coach Stephen Keshi. Following an executive committee meeting in Abuja the NFF said in a statement they have approved that acting president Mike Umeh call an emergency meeting to ensure Keshi's…

  • Liberia shuts schools, considers quarantine to curb Ebola

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. Security forces in Liberia were…

  • First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.

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  • Female bomber kills 6 in Nigeria, girl with explosives held

    A female suicide bomber killed six people at a college campus in Nigeria's Kano city on Wednesday, the fourth time Boko Haram Islamists were suspected of using a female attacker in as many days. Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 10,000 people since 2009, and their extreme tactics have…

  • US Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the West African nation of Mali, was a serious security lapse.

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  • Nigerians plead for foreign help as Ebola fears spread

    Standing just a few hundred metres from the Lagos hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola, John Ejiofor pleaded for the world to help contain a spread of the virus raging across west Africa. "Nigeria is in a serious mess," the 40-year-old electrical engineer told AFP. Residents of Lagos,…

  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

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  • Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

    By David Lewis DAKAR (Reuters) - An isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and health workers are being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes, government officials said on Wednesday. Protests by the local community against the…

  • German federation drops amputee jumper from team

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany excluded an amputee long jumper from its team for the European Athletics Championships on Wednesday, saying the athlete's carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage.

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  • UK holds crisis meeting on Ebola; warns of threat

    LONDON (AP) — British officials held a crisis meeting Wednesday and warned of a potentially serious threat if the deadly Ebola virus spreads further.

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  • UK holds emergency meeting over Ebola outbreak in Africa

    Britain on Wednesday held a top-level government meeting to discuss the spread of the highly-contagious Ebola virus in West Africa, saying the outbreak was a threat it needed to respond to. International concern has risen about the virus, which has killed 672 people in West Africa since February,…

  • South Africa's Kallis ends international career

    Jacques Kallis acknowledged on Wednesday that his dream of playing in next year's Cricket World Cup was "a bridge too far". Kallis, 38, scored just five runs in three innings in a recent one-day international series in Sri Lanka "I just knew on that tour that I was done," Kallis said in a…

  • England's Spencer to manage 2017 Lions in NZ

    LONDON (AP) — Former England captain John Spencer will manage the British and Irish Lions on their 2017 rugby tour of New Zealand.

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  • Rwanda seeks life for army officer accused of attack plots

    Military prosecution lawyers in Rwanda on Wednesday sought a life sentence for an ex-officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, who was extradited from Uganda despite being a refugee. Joel Mutabazi, a former member of the presidential guard protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled the…

  • S.Africa extradites German priest on sex abuse charges

    A German Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of children in his native country and in South Africa has been extradited to Germany, police said Wednesday. Georg Kerkhoff, who is in his 50s, was put on a plane to Germany on Tuesday night, South African police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told AFP. …

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