Africa Headlines

Fri, Aug 22 2014

WHO warns of 'shadow zones' and unreported Ebola cases


GENEVA/MONROVIA - Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Health, Africa 22 Aug 2014

Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic rises to 1,427: WHO

GENEVA - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has led to 1,427 deaths out of 2,615 known cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

Health, Africa 22 Aug 2014

Rebel-held mine collapses in Central African Republic, killing 25

BANGUI - At least 25 people died when a gold mine collapsed near the Central African Republic town of Bambari, a spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels which run the mine said on Friday.

World, Africa 22 Aug 2014

East African rapid reaction force ready by December: officials

KIGALI - A long-delayed east African rapid reaction force - meant to help stamp out unrest from the Seychelles to Rwanda - will be up and running in December, senior regional officials said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Africa 22 Aug 2014

Zimbabwe's opposition leader hints at anti-Mugabe protests


HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday said his party could roll out protests against President Robert Mugabe's government over its inability to improve a flagging economy.

World, Africa 22 Aug 2014

South Sudan rebels accept presence of Ugandan troops to keep peace

KAMPALA - South Sudan rebels have agreed to let Uganda maintain its forces on South Sudanese soil until a regional body deploys a peace keeping force, a spokesman for the Ugandan government told Reuters on Friday.

World, Africa, United Nations 22 Aug 2014

Thu, Aug 21 2014

South African lawmakers chant 'pay back the money' at Zuma


CAPE TOWN - South Africa's national assembly was brought to a halt on Thursday as far-left lawmakers noisily chanted "pay back the money" at President Jacob Zuma, after $23 million in public funds was spent on his home.

World, Africa 21 Aug 2014

Wed, Aug 20 2014

West Africa must confront political weaknesses to curb drugs trade: Obasanjo

ACCRA - West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, Africa 20 Aug 2014

Insight: How aggressive lending came back to bite South African bank Abil


JOHANNESBURG - Unemployed South African construction worker Daniel isn't sure how he fell so deeply in debt. All he knows is that African Bank Investments , which was bailed out this month, kept offering him money and he kept taking.

20 Aug 2014

Tue, Aug 19 2014

China presses South Sudan over renewed violence


BEIJING - China's foreign minister pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence in the oil-rich state, demanding an immediate ceasefire and political dialogue in the country which is heavily reliant on Chinese investment.


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.