Africa News

  • Mali kills three 'terrorists' in border sweep

    Malian soldiers killed three "terrorists" on Wednesday during a cross-border search operation for jihadists backed by Ivorian troops, security sources said. The exercise came after government and police buildings were ransacked in the southern Malian town of Fakola, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from…

    AFP
  • Ivory Coast reinforces border security after Mali attacks

    By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast has reinforced security along its northern frontier following recent attacks just across the border in Mali blamed on Islamist insurgents, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Armed men attacked and briefly controlled Fakola, a town in…

    Reuters
  • China and France say tie-up in emerging economies 'win-win'

    China and France's plan to team up on projects in Africa and Asia is a win-win deal that will "serve the interests of all", Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said Wednesday. In recent years, China has muscled out Western nations from emerging economies, especially in Africa, but appears to be…

    AFP
  • Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who created a Bangladesh-based nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday.

    Associated Press
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  • Four sentenced to death in Tanzania for killing albino teenager

    By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four men, including a witchdoctor, were sentenced to death by Tanzania's High Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of abducting, killing and dismembering a 17-year-old albino boy. The witchdoctor, Adangalwisye Kayuni, was found…

    Reuters
  • West African leaders urge liberalisation of region's power sector

    Five West African leaders Wednesday urged regional governments to liberalise the region's electricity sector to overcome insufficient power capacities that deprive most of the area's 300 million inhabitants access to energy. The prime ministers of Benin, Mali, Niger and Togo and the Ivory Coast…

    AFP
  • Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases

    Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months. Health officials told AFP the infected pair had been in physical contact with the 17-year-old victim before his death on…

    AFP
  • Western Europe sweats _ and enjoys _ unusual heat wave

    PARIS (AP) — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave.

    Associated Press
  • Messi & Argentina shining together, closer to elusive title

    CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) — Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina.

    Associated Press
  • Italian police arrest North Africa cell and five suspected Islamic State supporters

    By Ilaria Polleschi MILAN, Italy (Reuters) - Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested two people in Rome suspected of plotting attacks in Italy and North Africa, and five others in Italy and Albania who were planning to join hardline militant group Islamic State. Like other European…

    Reuters
  • Suez eyes China waste, Asia expansion with Chonqqing deal

    By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - French environmental services company Suez said on Wednesday it aims to enlarge its Chinese water and waste business and is looking for opportunities outside China through a new partnership with the city of Chongqing. Suez and its longtime Chinese partner NWS…

    Reuters
  • Lions returned to Rwanda 15 years after population wiped out

    PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — The sedated, blindfolded lions lay in the dirt, unwitting passengers about to embark on a 30-hour, 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) journey by truck and plane from South Africa to Rwanda, whose lion population was wiped out following the country's 1994…

    Associated Press
  • South Africa's Peyper to ref England-Fiji opener of RWC

    DUBLIN (AP) — South Africa's Jaco Peyper received the first refereeing assignment at the Rugby World Cup, between England and Fiji at Twickenham on Sept. 18.

    Associated Press
  • Bombers attack Nigeria's Maiduguri while vice president visits camps

    Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency. The blasts injured two people and happened at about 11.30 a.m.…

    Reuters
  • After Hungary's fence plan, Serbia says to step up migrant controls

    Serbia will step up efforts to halt illegal immigrants crossing its border from Macedonia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday, after Hungary announced it would erect a fence on its border with Serbia to stop the migrant flow. Hungary has registered more than 67,000 illegal…

    Reuters
  • South Africa eye fresh start on Bangladesh tour

    A new-look South Africa vowed to put their World Cup heartache behind them Wednesday as they began their tour of Bangladesh, promising not to underestimate their in-form hosts. "It is our first series after the World Cup so our players are coming nice and fresh over the World Cup disappointment,"…

    AFP
  • Mustafizur picked to play South Africa in 1st T20

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — South Africa will find out in its opening tour match on Sunday what all the fuss is about Bangladesh sensation Mustafizur Rahman.

    Associated Press
  • Before Obama trip, U.S. gay ruling inspires hope and revulsion in Africa

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama hailed last week's Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage as a "thunderbolt" but few share his view of gay rights in socially and religiously conservative Africa, which he visits this month. In most of Africa's 54…

    Reuters