Africa Headlines

Blast injures three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali

BAMAKO - Three United Nations peacekeepers were injured in northern Mali on Saturday when a blast struck their convoy near the northern desert town of Kidal, the U.N. mission said.

Ebola medical worker quarantined in New Jersey tests negative for virus

NEW YORK - A medical worker in New Jersey quarantined after arriving at an airport after treating Ebola victims in West Africa has tested negative for the virus, the state's health department said on Saturday.

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Fri, Oct 24 2014

Rules for returning Ebola health workers need coordination: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Top Obama administration officials met on Friday morning to discuss potential new rules for healthcare workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, but they want any measures to be coordinated, a senior official said.

U.S., Health, Africa 24 Oct 2014

New York City to check daily with people returning from West Africa

NEW YORK - New York City's health department will actively monitor anyone who arrives in the city from one of the three West African countries affected by Ebola, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Friday.

Africa, U.S., Health 24 Oct 2014

Heathcare worker at Newark airport to be quarantined on Ebola fears


NEW YORK - A healthcare worker who had been treating patients in West Africa was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport and will be quarantined, in line with a new policy aimed at reducing risk from the Ebola virus, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Friday.

U.S., Health, Africa 24 Oct 2014

Rwanda suspends BBC's local radio service over genocide documentary

KIGALI - Rwanda has suspended the BBC's local radio service after the broadcaster aired a documentary that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said on Friday.

World, Africa 24 Oct 2014

U.N. authorizes ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move.

Frelimo's Nyusi wins Mozambique elections: provisional results


MAPUTO - Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party and its candidate Filipe Nyusi won this month's presidential and legislative elections, according to provisional results released on Friday, with votes counted from all provinces.

World, Africa 24 Oct 2014

China to offer $82 million in fourth round of Ebola aid


BEIJING - China said on Friday it would donate 500 million yuan ($82 million) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to battle Ebola, its largest round of aid to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.

U.S., Health, China, Africa 24 Oct 2014

South African police fire rubber bullets at Diamondcorp strikers

JOHANNESBURG - South African police fired rubber bullets on Friday to disperse workers at a mine operated by London-listed DiamondCorp and said members of the hardline AMCU union were involved in the protest.

World, Africa 24 Oct 2014

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.