Africa News

  • Japanese star Goromaru to join Toulon - reports

    Japan star Ayumu Goromaru will join European champions Toulon next season, according to French press reports on Sunday. The 29-year-old, who caused a stir in his homeland when opting to join Queensland Reds for the upcoming Super 18 season rather than Japan's first ever participants the Sunwolves,…

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  • C. Africa sapped by decades of strife and misrule

    Volatile Central African Republic, which was voting for a new president and parliament Sunday, is rich in natural resources but mired in biting poverty largely due to chronic unrest. The most recent unrest came after longtime president Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown in March 2013 by…

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  • Central Africa: from 2013 coup to key polls

    Here is a snapshot of events since a March 2013 coup in Central African Republic, which held presidential and parliamentary elections Sunday. On March 24, rebels from the Muslim-dominated Seleka coalition seize the presidential palace in the capital Bangui. Francois Bozize, who has been in power…

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  • Central Africans cast their ballots for peace

    By Joe Bavier BANGUI (Reuters) - Central Africans wrapped up voting to elect new democratic leadership on Sunday, determined to turn the page on years of bloodshed that has killed thousands and split the impoverished nation along religious and ethnic lines. One of the world's most chronically…

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  • De Villiers leads South Africa to series win

    South African captain AB de Villiers hit a century and took his side to a series victory in the fifth and final one-day international against England at Newlands on Sunday. De Villiers made an unbeaten 101 as South Africa chased down a target of 237 with five wickets and six overs to spare. …

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  • Schwartzel storms to eight-shot win at Tshwane Open

    Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel stormed to a sensational eight-shot triumph at the Tshwane Open on Sunday to claim his 11th career title and second of 2016. The 31-year-old South African shot a seven-under-par 63 to finish on 16 under and clinch his eighth European Tour win on home soil. …

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  • Czech PM says ready to protect Balkan borders in migrant crisis

    By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - Central European leaders are ready to help Balkan countries seal their borders with Greece to stem the flow of migrants across the continent, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told Reuters on Sunday. Despite objections from regional powerhouse Germany, which…

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  • South Africa beat England in final ODI to win series 3-2

    Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa beat England by five wickets in the fifth and final one-day international at Newlands on Sunday.

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  • South Africa beats England by 5 wickets to win ODI series

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa beat England by five wickets in the final one-day international at Newlands on Sunday to win the series 3-2.

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  • 4 UK rowers rescued from Atlantic after boat capsizes

    LONDON (AP) — Four British women trying to cross the Atlantic in a rowing boat have been rescued after they were stranded in the mid-Atlantic Ocean for more than 16 hours when their boat capsized and they lost their oars.

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  • Unknown dead fill Lesbos cemetery for refugees drowned at sea

    By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) - She drowned trying to reach Europe, but her headless body was never identified. Just 27 of those are named.     The others state plainly: "Unknown Man, Aged 35, No 221, 19/11/2015;" "Unknown Boy, Aged 7, No 40, 19/11/2015;" "Unknown Boy, Aged 12, No…

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  • EU's elder statesmen to Britain: 'Don't leave us now'

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Elder statesmen who built and shaped the European Union have a clear message for Britain as it prepares for a referendum on whether to stay in the bloc: "We love you. Don't leave us now." Valery Giscard d'Estaing, father of the European Monetary System that…

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  • Australia beats SAfrica to advance to World Baseball Classic

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia booked its place in next year's World Baseball Classic by beating South Africa 12-5 in Sunday's final of a qualifying tournament, securing victory with a six-run eighth inning that was helped by a two-run throwing error on a bunt.

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  • Uganda's Museveni slams 'partisan' ICC

    Uganda's veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni, who is standing for re-election on Thursday, has said he is in favour of his country pulling out of the "partisan" International Criminal Court based in The Hague. Museveni, who came to power in 1986, made the remarks during a televised debate late Saturday…

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  • Congo Republic ex-army chief to run in March presidential polls

    By Christian Elion BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - A former army chief in Congo Republic on Saturday declared his intention to run against veteran President Denis Sassou Nguesso just a month ahead of presidential polls, in a challenge to one of Africa's longest ruling leaders. General Jean-Marie Michel…

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  • Libyans intercept suspected fuel-smuggling ship

    The Libyan coastguard on Saturday intercepted a ship with a 12-man foreign crew that it said was smuggling diesel and escorted it to the marine base in Tripoli. "The coastguard was conducting a reconnaissance mission when it intercepted the tanker carrying about 1.66 million litres of diesel,"…

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  • Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

    Somalia's Shebab insurgents on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack which ripped a hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff from the capital Mogadishu earlier this month. On February 2, Shebab "mujahideen carried out an operation targeting dozens of Western intelligence…

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