Africa News

  • Eurotunnel says 2,000 migrants tried to enter premises overnight

    About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday. "It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel,…

    AFP27 mins ago
  • Obama says aid to farmers cuts child stunting across Africa

    By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Barack Obama, wrapping up a visit to the continent of his father's birth, toured an Ethiopian factory making baby food on Tuesday to show how investment in farming can cut hunger and stunting. Child stunting has fallen by up to…

    Reuters32 mins ago
  • US dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

    A wealthy American dentist used a bow and arrow to shoot a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil, a safari industry goup said Tuesday, amid allegations that the animal had taken 40 hours to die. The lion, which was a popular attraction among many international visitors to the Hwange National…

    AFP
  • Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some African activists have greeted President Barack Obama's remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government with scorn and concern.

    Associated Press
  • French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth

    A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday. "This is a major discovery because we have very few human fossils from this period in Europe," she said. …

    AFP
  • Second-term Obama tells Africa's 'Big Men' to quit when time is up

    By Jeff Mason and Edmund Blair ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent's 'Big Men', telling them they should quit when their time was up - especially since most have the cash to retire…

    Reuters
  • Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death

    A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule. The former Gaddafi regime officials sentenced to die by firing squad included…

    Reuters
  • Tanzanian ex-prime minister joins opposition ahead of poll

    "CCM leaders have of late turned to be undemocratic, oppressive and witch-hunting. Lowassa had joined the race earlier this month to run as the CCM's presidential candidate, where he was seen as a frontrunner among 42 candidates, but lost out to government minister John Magufuli. The ruling CCM…

    AFP
  • AP PHOTOS: Kenyans and Ethiopians cheer Obama during visit

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Barack Obama's historic visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, which concluded Tuesday, was marked by stirring images of throngs of thousands coming out to cheer the motorcade for the first visit by a sitting American president.

    Associated Press
  • Rwanda park releases relocated lions to restock population

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Seven lions that were transported from South Africa to Rwanda have been released into a wildlife park after weeks of quarantine, another step in a plan to restore the country's lion population after it was wiped out following Rwanda's 1994 genocide, the park's managers said…

    Associated Press
  • Injured Springbok stars may face Argentina

    Injured South Africa rugby stars Jean de Villiers, Fourie du Preez and Willem Alberts could be available to face Argentina on August 8, the national team doctor said Tuesday. Du Preez and Alberts have not played for the Springboks this season while skipper De Villiers came off the bench against a…

    AFP
  • Italian protesters torch beds to try block migrant arrivals

    Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests on Friday, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants. Authorities in the village of Quito plan to accommodate 101 immigrants in empty apartments,…

    AFP
  • Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean in 2015

    "Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions," the UN refugee agency warned in a report. The immigration crisis is a burning issue for the EU, where member states have been wrangling over the best ways to tackle human trafficking and arguing over how to share the…

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  • Pope slams nations which 'close the door' to migrants

    Pope Francis said Wednesday that those who "close the door" to refugees seeking a safe haven in Europe should ask God's forgiveness, as tensions rose in the EU over the migrant crisis. A day after European interior ministers failed to agree on how to stem the flow of boat migrants across the…

    AFP
  • Leaders at African summit expected to avoid migration troubles

    Despite growing pressure to address the tragedy of African migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, the African Union is unlikely to offer any home-grown solutions to the crisis, say analysts. Refugees will be discussed in a closed session at the first day of the African Union summit on Sunday, in…

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  • Brussels clashes with Britain over Med migrant plan

    The European Union clashed with Britain on Wednesday over a plan to save thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, which includes controversial resettlement quotas for refugees. British interior minister Theresa May called for economic migrants to be sent back, saying the EU's…

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  • Organised crime muscling in on migrant trafficking

    The profits are huge, the risks limited and the demand virtually inexhaustible: trafficking illegal migrants to Europe is increasingly becoming the domain of organised crime groups attracted by the multi-billion-dollar pay-off, experts say. "Cross-border trafficking flows ... are more often…

    AFP