Africa News

  • Misbah determined to win back World Cup

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Limited-overs captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he is determined that Pakistan will "once again rule the world" by winning the 2016 World Cup.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday. The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han River, which is in a…

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants in Syria.

    Associated Press42 mins ago
  • Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.

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  • Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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  • Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

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  • Genia returns to Wallaby Rugby Championship squad

    SYDNEY (AP) — Scrumhalf and former captain Will Genia has been recalled to an Australian squad for the last two rounds of the Rugby Championship that will be without giant young lock Will Skelton.

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  • New Zealand still team to beat a year out from World Cup

    Paris (AFP) - New Zealand remain firm favourites to retain the Rugby World Cup title they won on home soil in 2011, a year out from the 20-team tournament in England.

    AFP
  • US cools talk of combat role in Iraq

    Washington (AFP) - The White House and the US military scrambled to play down a suggestion by the nation's top officer that deploying ground forces in Iraq to fight Islamic State jihadists was an option.

    AFP
  • Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

    By Laura Onita LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said on Wednesday. The majority were in Asia, where 19…

    Reuters
  • 67 South Africans dead in Lagos building collapse

    South Africa's president announced Tuesday that 67 of his compatriots were among scores of worshippers killed in the collapse of a popular and controversial Nigerian megachurch.

    AFP
  • U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.…

    Reuters
  • UN leader begins term during period of 'tumult'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary.

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  • Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown refugees

    Rome (AFP) - Survivors of Europe's most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, as the EU cried murder and vowed to step up the fight against people smugglers.

    AFP
  • UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

    GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."

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  • 67 South Africans dead in Nigeria building

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in the collapse of a building in Nigeria last week rose on Tuesday when the South African president said 67 South Africans died and dozens were injured in the accident.

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  • UN Security Council to take action on Ebola

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Describing the Ebola outbreak as a threat to world peace, the UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution urging countries to provide field hospitals and other urgent aid to West Africa.

    AFP