Africa News

  • Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

    BEIJING (AP) — A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.

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  • McIlroy, Casey duel in the dark

    World number one Rory McIlroy and England's Paul Casey battled to a standstill in the $9.25 million WGC-Championship Match Play in California Saturday and face a dawn start to resume their match for a place in the last four. McIlroy missed a six foot birdie putt to snatch victory on the third…

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  • McIlroy in a fight with Casey until darkness gets in the way

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Those weren't boxing gloves Rory McIlroy was wearing, they were thick hand-warmers. In the Pacific chill and approaching darkness, the world's No. 1 player had every reason to feel like he was in a fight of his own Saturday in the Match Play Championship against Paul Casey.

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  • Giteau aims for Twickenham return with Wallabies

    Australia's Matt Giteau said he would love to return to Twickenham with the Wallabies at this year's World Cup after guiding Toulon to an unprecedented third straight European title at the home of English rugby. Giteau was at fly-half in an all-star international backline featuring Wales's Leigh…

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  • Madagascar's ex-leader Ravalomanana freed from house arrest

    Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said Saturday he was ending the house arrest of his predecessor Marc Ravalomanana as part of the Indian Ocean island's peace process. The announcement came in a speech at a national reconciliation meeting organised by the nation's churches after the…

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  • Hurricanes beat Crusaders to stay top in Super Rugby

    The Hurricanes stayed atop Super Rugby after replacement Blade Thomson scored a brilliant 62nd-minute try for a bonus-point 29-23 win over New Zealand rivals the Crusaders on Saturday.

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  • Migrant boat capsizes off Egyptian coast, killing 3

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a boat carrying mostly Sudanese and Syrian migrants has capsized off Egypt's Mediterranean coast, killing three people.

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  • French patrol boat saves 217 migrants off Libya

    A French navy ship sent to boost EU migrant patrols in the Mediterranean rescued 217 people Saturday off the coast of Libya, officials said. The migrants -- all men -- had been on board three boats, the authorities said, adding that two suspected people smugglers were also caught and will be…

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  • Republic of Congo gov't bans face veils, sleeping in mosques

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — The Republic of Congo's government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence, the president of the Islamic High Council said.

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  • As British election nears, class politics lingers

    A quarter of a century ago then British prime minister John Major spoke of forging a "classless" society, yet Britons appear peculiarly wedded to their tribal identities. Traditionally, it was a simple equation in general elections: the middle class broadly voted for the centre-right Conservative…

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  • Burundi protesters call for a two-day pause in demonstrations

    Burundi protest organizers on Saturday called for a two-day halt to demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's move to seek a third term, which they says violates the constitution and endangers the peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005. There have been six straight days of protests…

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  • London Eye lit by Facebook election chat

    The London Eye was lit up Saturday in party political colours reflecting the amount of social media interactions about them on Facebook. The more a political party crops up in people's interaction on Facebook, the bigger a portion of the ring gets lit up in that party's colours. Between January 1…

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  • Ivory Coast says striking teachers' salaries can rise

    Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara used the May 1 Labour Day holiday Friday to announce that civil servants' salaries can finally increase after more than two decades. His announcement comes at a time when the west African nation's schools are paralysed by a teachers' strike -- they will be…

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  • Administration worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.

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  • Yemen violence kills 1,244, injures 5,044: WHO

    Just over a month of fighting in Yemen has left nearly 1,250 people dead, in a conflict affecting 7.5 million people, the World Health Organization said Friday. WHO receives its statistics from health facilities in Yemen, but since many people are unable to get to hospitals for treatment the real…

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  • Despite executions, drowning, some Ethiopians still dream of Europe

    On the walls of homes in the poor Cherkos neighbourhood of Ethiopia's capital, the portraits of "martyrs" killed in their attempt to enter Europe offer a grim warning. The murders of several Ethiopian Christians last month in Libya horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation, including…

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  • Niger governor orders evacuations due to Boko Haram

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A governor in southern Niger has ordered residents of islands on Lake Chad to evacuate to the mainland by Monday because of the threat posed by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria.

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