Africa Headlines

Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say.

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Mon, Jan 26 2015

Top Malian army officer survives assassination attempt in capital: sources

BAMAKO - One of Mali's most senior military officers survived an assassination attempt in the capital, Bamako, on Monday, three sources told Reuters.

Corruption protest in Kenya's Maasai Mara region turns deadly


NAROK, Kenya - One person was killed and several injured on Monday when Kenyan police clashed with Maasais protesting against a local governor they accuse of misappropriating tourism funds from the Maasai Mara game reserve, an official said. | Video

World, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila's coalition


KINSHASA - Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year.

World, Congo, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Central African Republic rebels free eight kidnapped officials

BANGUI - Rebels in Central African Republic on Monday freed eight local officials who were kidnapped at the weekend, but they warned authorities from the southern capital against venturing into a northern town they control.

World, United Nations, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Over 100 people, mainly militants, died in fight for Nigeria's Maiduguri: reporter

BAUCHI, Nigeria - More than 100 people, mainly insurgents, died in fighting on Sunday in Nigeria's Maiduguri, a local journalist counting bodies at the biggest morgue said on Monday.

World, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Nigerian military fights to recapture town from Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian troops backed by air strikes were fighting on Monday to recapture the northeastern town of Monguno from Boko Haram insurgents who had seized it a day earlier, security sources said.

World, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Zambia's new president keeps Chikwanda as finance minister

LUSAKA - Zambia's new President Edgar Lungu on Monday retained Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to help turn around a stuttering economy, after securing a narrow victory in last week's presidential poll.

World, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Two killed as South Africa township looting spree spreads

JOHANNESBURG - Two men have been shot dead and shops owned by immigrants were looted in South Africa's biggest city, as unrest following the death of a teenager last week spread in Johannesburg townships, police said on Monday.

World, Africa 26 Jan 2015

Sun, Jan 25 2015

Madagascar names new ministers amid public grumbles over blackouts

ANTANANARIVO - Madagascar's president announced the replacement of eight ministers late on Sunday, including a new finance minister, after the government was dissolved earlier this month amid mounting public frustration over power cuts and other issues.

World, Africa 25 Jan 2015

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.