Africa Headlines

Chinese peacekeepers expected in South Sudan at start of 2015: U.N.

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UNITED NATIONS - Some 700 Chinese peacekeepers are expected to join a United Nations mission in South Sudan at the start of next year, the head of the U.N. operation said on Wednesday, though she appealed for Beijing to deploy the battalion "sooner rather than later."

Niger buys 'spy plane' to combat Sahel militants

NIAMEY - The government of Niger has purchased a reconnaissance plane as part of its effort to combat Islamist fighters and criminal gangs operating on its vast territory, the West African country's interior minister said on Wednesday.

World, Africa, Mali 6:32pm EDT

U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

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NEW YORK - U.S. health officials imposed fresh constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three countries at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities.

Health, U.S., Africa 5:45pm EDT

Panama bars travelers from three Ebola-hit African countries

PANAMA CITY - Panama has banned entry of travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three West African nations worst hit by the Ebola virus, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

U.S., Health, Africa 5:44pm EDT

Nestle keeps W. Africa plants open, ready to act if Ebola spreads: CEO

LAGOS DE MORENO Mexico - Nestle has no plans to close any of its eight factories or curb output in cocoa and coffee-rich West and Central Africa because of Ebola, but is ready to adapt if it spreads, the Chief Executive of the world's largest food company said on Wednesday.

Central African Republic to create rapid intervention unit, reform army

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BANGUI - Central African Republic plans to create a rapid intervention unit to help rebuild its army and stamp out persistent inter-religious clashes, the country's interim leader said.

Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S.

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MONROVIA - A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a U.S. military mission deploying in the West Africa country.

Health, Africa, Cuba 1:38pm EDT

Congo, U.N. troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings

BENI Democratic Republic of Congo - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

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NEW YORK - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. | Video

U.S., Health, Africa 7:59am EDT

Somalia's al Shabaab says stones man to death for rape

MOGADISHU - Somalia's al Shabaab militants said on Wednesday they had stoned an 18-year-old man to death for raping a woman at gunpoint in one of their strongholds in the southern Lower Shabelle region.

World, Africa 7:07am EDT
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.