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Africa

Oscar trial adjourns for 2 weeks

18 April 2014, 11:56

The trial of murder accused Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

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Museveni praises N Korea security training

18 April 2014, 09:00

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has thanked North Korea for providing military training, reports say, dismissing those who criticise a security deal which included training police and special forces.

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UN chief: 1m S Sudanese may face famine

17 April 2014, 20:01

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.

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Mugabe, Mbeki discuss Africa

17 April 2014, 18:59

Former SA president Thabo Mbeki has met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, a report says, adding the two leaders exchanged views on various matters affecting the African continent.

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G-Bissau presidential vote to head to run-off

17 April 2014, 17:59

A former finance minister from Guinea-Bissau’s dominant party and a bureaucrat with the backing of the military will face each other in a presidential election run-off, the election commission says.

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CAR crisis risk to global security, says UN

17 April 2014, 15:50

The UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres has warned that the conflict in Central African Republic could embroil the whole region and threaten global security.

Zim govt 'doesn't care about wildlife'

17 April 2014, 14:21

The future of Zimbabwe’s Presidential Elephant Herd remains uncertain after elephant protector Sharon Pincott hinted she is stepping aside following a fallout over an “illegal” land claim, a report says.

Gunmen kill 9 in Ethiopia truck attack

17 April 2014, 13:01

Gunmen have opened fire on a truck in western Ethiopia, killing nine people and injuring seven, the information ministry says.

'Broke' UN agency pleads for help in CAR

17 April 2014, 11:53

Inter-communal violence is tearing CAR apart but the conflict is not getting attention or aid needed to save huge numbers of lives, the UN says.

20 killed as Islamists rampage in Nigeria

17 April 2014, 10:42

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, officials say.

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain

17 April 2014, 09:33

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain – evidence that the disease didn’t spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists say.

Nigeria: 100+ kidnapped students free

17 April 2014, 08:18

Scores of female students kidnapped by Islamic militants from a north-eastern Nigerian school are free, Nigeria’s military says.

South Sudan army admits loss of key oil town of Bentiu

17 April 2014, 07:10

South Sudan's army said rebels had wrested control of the key oil town of Bentiu, one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict.

South Sudanese flood into Ethiopia

16 April 2014, 17:48

Up to 1 000 refugees from war-torn South Sudan are fleeing to Ethiopia each day, many of then on the brink of death, the UN says.

Sing AU anthem, Dlamini-Zuma tells Africa

16 April 2014, 16:25

African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana-Zuma has reportedly called on AU member states to sing the Union’s anthem alongside their national hymns at all official functions.

South Sudan army admits loss of key oil town

16 April 2014, 14:53

South Sudan’s army says rebels have wrested control of the key oil town of Bentiu, one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict.

Burundi demands UN apology

16 April 2014, 13:12

Burundi’s government has demanded the UN provide evidence or apologise after an alleged UN report claimed it was arming young supporters.

Gunmen attack head of DRC wildlife reserve

16 April 2014, 12:06

Unidentified armed men have critically wounded the Belgian head of Africa’s oldest wildflife reserve, the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say.

6 injured in Cairo bomb blasts

16 April 2014, 10:41

Two bomb blasts in Cairo have wounded six people including at least two policemen, the latest attacks since Egypt’s Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was ousted.

Togo accident kills 48

16 April 2014, 09:32

At least 48 people have died after a bus and truck collided on a road north of the West African country of Togo, a report says.

Benflis vows to monitor Algeria vote

16 April 2014, 08:25

Presidential hopeful Ali Benflis says thousands of his supporters will monitor Algeria's election, vowing to protest if it is rigged in favour of ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Morocco jails British paedophile for 20 years

16 April 2014, 07:18

Morocco has jailed a British man, previously convicted of child sex offences, for 20 years for kidnapping and attempting to rape three young girls.

S Sudan rebel leader vows to take key oil fields

15 April 2014, 17:37

The leader of South Sudan rebels has vowed to attack capital Juba and target crucial oil fields, warning that the civil war will not end until the country’s president is ousted.

Botswana's Khama re-affirms SADC pull-out

15 April 2014, 16:12

Botswana President Ian Khama has re-affirmed his decision to not send his country's officials to participate in future SADC election observer missions.

Zim: EU insists on electoral reforms

15 April 2014, 14:51

The EU has reportedly set the implementation of electoral reforms as a key requisite for Zimbabwe's full re-engagement with the bloc.

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