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Africa

Uganda court invalidates anti-gay law

01 August 2014, 14:15

A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.

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22 killed in CAR fighting

01 August 2014, 13:05

At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between rival anti-balaka and Seleka militias in the Central African Republic this week, African peacekeepers say.

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Ebola patient rushed to US for treatment

01 August 2014, 12:05

A US aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the US to be treated, hospital officials say.

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Woman facing execution for becoming Christian arrives in US

01 August 2014, 11:01

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, has arrived in the United States.

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Liberians in 'panic' over Ebola

01 August 2014, 09:53

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed for more doctors and supplies to help African nations battle an outbreak of deadly Ebola.

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Algerian capital hit by 5.5 quake

01 August 2014, 09:42

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has hit southeast of the Algerian capital, shaking building and sending panicked families rushing in the streets in Algiers.

Identifying Mali air crash victims could take years

01 August 2014, 08:37

Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police says.

Obama welcomes Africa to Washington

01 August 2014, 07:37

US president Barack Obama, whose election in 2008 as the first black American president sparked huge expectations in Africa, will at last hold a summit for the continent's leaders.

Senegal ex-president's son on trial

31 July 2014, 22:29

The son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade has gone on trial accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office.

US: Ebola epidemic won't alter Africa summit plans

31 July 2014, 22:29

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa in seven months will not affect plans for next week's US-Africa summit, the White House says.

Senegal ex-president's son on trial for corruption

31 July 2014, 19:59

The flamboyant 'super minister' son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade has gone on trial, accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office.

Filipinos returning home amid Libya violence

31 July 2014, 18:36

The Philippines is preparing to evacuate 13 000 citizens from Libya as violence rages and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there.

Uganda judges debate bid to overturn anti-gay law

31 July 2014, 16:35

Ugandan state lawyers have sought to dismiss a petition by activists at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

Greece to evacuate Libya embassy, foreign nationals

31 July 2014, 15:34

Greece is sending a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli as well as a few hundred Chinese and European nationals.

Grace adds to fears of Mugabe dynasty in Zim

31 July 2014, 15:28

The surprise nomination of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife to head Zanu-PF's women's wing has injected new intrigue into the fight to succeed the 90-year-old strongman.

Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya

31 July 2014, 13:18

Spain's foreign ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital.

Sierra Leone declares emergency over Ebola

31 July 2014, 12:01

Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus.

6 000 Libyans flee into Tunisia everyday

31 July 2014, 10:36

Up to 6 000 people a day are leaving Libya and moving into neighbouring Tunisia, the Tunisian foreign minister says, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war.

'Ebola unlikely to trigger a world epidemic'

31 July 2014, 09:37

The scientist who helped discover Ebola says the outbreak in West Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would sit next to an infected person.

Worker beheaded, Filipina nurse raped in Libya

31 July 2014, 08:37

The Philippines has renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker.

World Ebola fears grow, Europe & Asia on alert

31 July 2014, 07:52

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents have grown, with European and Asian countries on alert and MSF warning the "unprecedented" epidemic is out of control.

Ebola outbreak 'a major public health emergency'

31 July 2014, 07:37

Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, as authorities roll out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly

30 July 2014, 20:30

The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10 000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm.

'No intact bodies' in grim Air Algerie probe

30 July 2014, 19:31

French experts have been meticulously sifting through the debris of the Air Algerie plane that disintegrated over the Mali desert, killing all 118 on board.

Uganda activists launch bid to overturn anti-gay law

30 July 2014, 18:27

Ugandan activists have opened a petition at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

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