Africa News

  • Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a story May 25 about Nigeria's fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The correct figure is more than 2 million barrels a day.

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  • BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in South Africa

    The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market. The two companies will roll out fast-charging stations from now until 2017 which BMW and Nissan cars can use to…

  • High expectations in Nigeria as Buhari takes power

    Muhammadu Buhari formally takes over as Nigeria's president this week but his inauguration could not have come at a worse time, with the country reeling from a cash crunch and a crippling strike over fuel. Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) party accused President Goodluck Jonathan's…

  • Africa's economy to strengthen in 2015 despite Ebola, oil price

    Africa's overall economy should advance in 2015, expanding by 4.5 percent, showing resilience despite weak commodity prices and the devastating Ebola epidemic, an annual report published Monday said. "Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to strengthen to 4.5 percent in 2015 and…

  • Gnarled gnomes of wine world win top award for S.Africa

    Gnarled and gnomish, the vines that produced the best white in one of the world's top wine competitions crouch low and untrellised amid more traditional vineyards in South Africa's scenic Cape winelands. The Chenin Blanc made from these 40-year-old "bush vines" beat global competition across the…

  • Sierra Leone marks grim Ebola anniversary

    On May 24 last year a pregnant woman and an older housewife staggered into Kenema hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and were diagnosed within a day as the country's first Ebola cases. Both women had attended the funeral of a widely-respected faith healer known as Mendinor, whose "powers" were…

  • Nigeria in crisis as presidential handover looms: opposition

    Nigeria's opposition on Sunday accused outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of leaving a country in crisis, as fuel shortages brought the nation to a standstill just days from Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration. Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) highlighted record lows in electricity…

  • Just Look What She Did!

    Walmart Security Cameras Captured The Whole Thing! [30 Photos]

  • Burkina Faso to exhume body of slain ex-leader Sankara

    The remains of slain former president Thomas Sankara and 12 of his colleagues who were assassinated during a coup d'etat in 1987 will be exhumed Monday, a judicial source said Sunday. Thomas Sankara was a popular Marxist army captain who came to power in a 1983 coup and transformed what was then…

  • Italian couple suspected of skimming off migrant money: prosecutor

    An Italian couple have been arrested on suspicion of running a charity that skimmed off state money intended to help manage rising numbers of migrants, a prosecutor in the southern city of Naples said. The arrests came months after police said they had uncovered a gang in Rome profiting illegally…

  • U.N., EU, Africa urge dialogue in Burundi after politician's killing

    By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United Nations, the European Union and African nations urged Burundi's government and the opposition on Sunday not to let violence derail dialogue, after an opposition politician was shot dead and some groups said they were boycotting talks. U.N.…

  • Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

    Ethiopians voted Sunday in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power. The outgoing Ethiopian parliament had one opposition MP, and one of the main opposition candidates, Yilekal…

  • Ruling party seen winning Ethiopian vote, opposition says supporters harassed

    By Drazen Jorgic and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth, while opponents complained that their supporters were harassed. In…

  • Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants from crowded boat

    Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said. Italy closed down a specialized naval mission to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean last year, but continues to bear the brunt of the…

  • Ghana cheated in Olympics qualifier, claims Le Roy

    Congo Brazzaville coach Claude le Roy accused Ghana of fielding over-age footballers this weekend in a 1-0 Rio Olympic Games qualifying victory. "Congo play by the rules and Ghana do not. "I coached some of these Ghanaians seven years ago for an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier…

  • Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phones, operator warns

    Nigeria's biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation. The company, the biggest subsidiary of the South Africa-based MTN Group, said it needed a "significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a…

  • Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

    By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and civil war…

  • Liberia struggles with violence along insecure Ivory Coast border

    In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues. The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on militants crossing from…