Africa Headlines

Lack of policy hurts Nigeria's economy as Buhari marks 100 days


LAGOS/ABUJA - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made sweeping changes in the oil sector and armed forces during his first 100 days in office but done little to convince experts that he has a clear strategy for Africa's biggest economy.

World, Africa 10:51am EDT

30-40 migrants drown after dinghy deflates off Libya: IOM

GENEVA - About 30-40 people drowned in the Mediterranean after a dinghy carrying 120-140 Somalis, Sudanese and Nigerians deflated, causing panic on board, the International Organization for Migration said in an emailed statement on Friday.

Thu, Sep 3 2015

Libya rival government calls for regional conference to tackle migrant influx

TRIPOLI - A rival government controlling western Libya has asked Arab and European countries to hold a regional conference this month to help the North African country stem a flow of migrants, a minister said on Thursday.

Asseco Poland to buy Portugal's Exictos for $24 million

WARSAW - Asseco Poland, Eastern Europe's largest software maker, has agreed to buy 61.4 percent of Portugal-based rival Exictos for 21.5 million euros ($24 million), strengthening its position in Africa, Asseco said on Thursday.

Tech, Africa 03 Sep 2015

Double suicide bombing in north Cameroon kills 19, wounds 143

YAOUNDE - A double suicide bombing killed 19 people and wounded 143 on Thursday in northern Cameroon, where soldiers are battling Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria, officials said.

World, Africa 03 Sep 2015

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill five villagers in northern Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Gunmen killed at least five villagers in a raid in northern Nigeria's Borno state on Wednesday before being repelled by government troops, military sources said, an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants.

World, Africa 03 Sep 2015

Exclusive: Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

JERUSALEM - Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt.

French soldier in Central African Republic accused of sexual abuse: U.N

ABIDJAN - A French soldier deployed to Central African Republic has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl in the latest in a series of misconduct allegations against peacekeeping forces there, the United Nations' top human rights official said.

World, United Nations, Africa 03 Sep 2015

Uganda says 12 of its soldiers killed in Islamist attack in Somalia

KAMPALA - Twelve Ugandan soldiers who served as African Union peacekeepers were killed when militants attacked their base in Somalia this week, a Ugandan military spokesman said on Thursday.

World, Africa 03 Sep 2015

Wed, Sep 2 2015

War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa: U.N.


BEIRUT - Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report issued on Thursday.

World, Africa, United Nations 02 Sep 2015

What Snowden thinks of Clinton’s private emails

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs, has weighed in on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.