The Ebola health crisis is causing a food emergency in West Africa. The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger USA warns the Ebola emergency has left a shortage of manpower for food production and a spike in food costs for the three main countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
CAF president Issa Hayatou has expressed shock and dismay at the shooting to death of Orlando Pirates and South Africa national team goalkeeper Senzo Robert Meyiwa. The South African Football Association has reported that Meyiwa was shot and killed in what is reported to be a robbery in Vosloorus in the East Rand, Johannesburg, on Sunday, 26 October.
Algerian side Entente Setif secured a precious draw away at a packed Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa where the home side had to come from behind two times to keep alive their interest in the 50th edition of the Orange Champions League.
The World Food Program is airlifting emergency supplies to the Ebola-stricken countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The U.N. agency said the Ebola response goes beyond its traditional role of providing food aid.
The Pharaohs of Egypt registered their first win in the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 qualifiers courtesy a convincing 2-0 victory over Botswana in their Group G clash in Gaborone on Friday.
Sierra Leone’s national army has teamed up with British medics and engineers to construct Ebola treatment centers across the country, especially in areas worst hit by the disease as part of a bid to combat the disease, according to Col. Michael Samura, spokesman for Sierra Leone’s military.
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba says key to the success of any national side was to ensure that national trainers "allowed no statuses" in their camps and were willing to take risks that with young players who would in the long run help achieve good results.
Ivory Coast aims to become the rice bowl of West Africa as it ramps up production and processing of the regional staple food with an eye on beginning exports in 2018 and generating more than a million jobs, a government official said.
Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa due to failures in the country’s health system, according to Amnesty International report. Amnesty says countries across Africa are failing to meet targets for reducing maternal mortality, despite progress elsewhere in the world.
Frenchman Corentin Martins has been named coach by the Mauritania Football Federation (FFRIM), succeeding compatriot Patrice Neveu. The 45-year old was confirmed following a meeting of the FFRIM Executive Committee on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.
President Barack Obama's wife Michelle Obama says she and her husband are "outraged" at the kidnapping of more than 300 school girls in Nigeria. The first lady stepped in for the president, who usually delivers the weekly broadcast address to the nation, also p[ublished on the Internet.
South Sudan's military spokesman says the armed forces are ready to implement a cease-fire deal signed late Friday, to end months of fighting with anti-government forces. World leaders have welcomed the deal as the humanitarian crisis in the country has reached a critical point.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Congolese President Joseph Kabila to respect his country's constitution and not run for a third term. The U.S. is pledging additional funding for elections and for helping to demobilize fighters in eastern provinces.
Suspected Islamist militants hit the northern Malian city of Gao with artillery fire on Monday, in the first attack on the insurgents' former stronghold in months, city residents, military and local government officials said.
The top U.N. official for Somalia said more military force is needed to
push Islamist militant group al-Shabab out of its remaining
strongholds. Such strongholds include the town of Barawe --
the scene of a U.S. Special Forces strike over the weekend.
A U.S. official says the target of Saturday's special forces raid in Somalia was a Kenyan man working with the militant group al-Shabab. A senior Obama administration official identifies the man as Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a Kenyan of Somali origin who also goes by the name Ikrima.
The Internet is dominated by the two “empires” of Google and Facebook, according to researchers at Oxford University in England. As the above map shows, Google dominates much of the West and India, while Facebook can claim supremacy in the Middle East, North Africa and much of the Spanish-speaking Americas.
In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the national army and United Nations peacekeepers are working to combat dozens of armed groups that have terrorized local populations. In North Kivu province alone, 1 million people - one-sixth of the entire population - has been displaced by violence.
African leaders plan to meet this weekend at a summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).The Theme of the summit is pan-Africanism and renaissance.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Thursday that he would “never accept” the International Criminal Court. He spoke during a visit from new Kenyan president and ICC indictee Uhuru Kenyatta, who pledged the creation of roads, rail and pipelines to deepen economic ties between Kenya and the new nation.
Two months ago, Kenyans elected a president and deputy president both facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC). While the two leaders have promised to cooperate with the court, some are wondering whether they are already using their influence to skirt justice.
Arriving today in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all the leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region to throw their support behind a recently-signed peace accord which aims to ensure security, as well as development, for the long-troubled country.
The United States will seek ways it can help French and African forces in Mali combat al Qaeda-linked rebels, U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday during a visit to the West African country.
Zambia’s former president is set to face trial Wednesday for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from the nation while he was in office. The trial is the latest development in the current president’s anti-corruption drive, and anti-graft officials say it is the most important symbolic step in that mission.
The runner-up in Kenya’s presidential election is filing a petition with the Supreme Court Saturday challenging the results. The party of Prime Minister Raila Odinga says it will present to the court evidence of electoral fraud.
Zimbabweans vote Saturday on a new constitution after decades of using a charter given to them by former colonial power Britain. Both sides of the political spectrum say they want the proposed constitution to pass, and have been actively campaigning for it.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta has been elected president of Kenya, to serve the same office his father held 40 years ago. His will assume the presidency as he faces charges at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, complicating the country’s relationship with the west.
Malians have turned out to welcome French President Francois Hollande, who is on a whirlwind tour of the former French colony. His Saturday visit comes three weeks after French-backed Malian forces pushed Islamist militants from their strongholds in the country's north.
A court hearing began Saturday in the case of a Somali woman accused of falsely reporting she was raped by government forces. Somalia's attorney general filed charges against the 27-year-old woman who claims she was attacked while living in a displaced person's camp in Mogadishu.
Soaring costs of meat, currently selling at US$6 per kg across Cameroon, have forced up to 20 million consumers to rely on low-priced fish for balanced diets. But a scientific probe has unveiled bad news for those who depend on the relatively cheaper protein source.
With Britain agreeing to send troops to Mali in a non-combat role, there is growing alarm in London that the country is being dragged into another battleground against terrorism, just as it tries to extract its military forces from Afghanistan.
French forces have taken the airport at Kidal, the last major stronghold of Islamist militants who seized control of northern Mali last year. The French military said Wednesday that troops seized the airport overnight.
A relatively new al-Qaida affiliate, calling itself al-Mua'qi'oon
Biddam or "Those Who Sign with Blood," attacked a BP natural gas
facility in Algeria Wednesday, taking dozens of foreigners hostage,
along with an undisclosed number of Algerians.
Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded.
A cooperative in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is giving Congolese coffee exports a fresh start. The co-op is trying to do the same for former rebels and soldiers. They are being encouraged to make a better and safer living from coffee.
While a culture of human rights is emerging in Morocco, the authorities must do more to eradicate torture and ill-treatment, says an independent United Nations human rights expert.
Nigerian authorities say a suicide bomber has killed two people and wounded more than 45 at a Catholic church in the northern city of Bauchi. Twenty minutes after the blast, rescue workers transport injured worshipers to the hospital while women weep outside the church.
The presidents of South Sudan and Sudan meet Sunday in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, in an attempt to resolve differences that have widened since South Sudan gained independence last year.
Libya's interim leader has ordered the disbanding of all unauthorized militias, following large-scale protests and growing public anger over their existence. National Assembly President Mohammed el-Magarief vowed to dissolve all militias and military camps operating outside the control of the state.
The Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s bombings in Mogadishu, adding that it is “deplorable” that ordinary Somalis are being targeted after the important gains made in recent weeks in completing the country’s transition.
From the traditional ringing of the Peace Bell at its Headquarters in New York to the front lines of the world’s flashpoints where its peacekeepers are contributing to efforts to resolve conflicts, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace with a call for a total cessation of hostilities around the globe.
Hailemariam Desalegn is Ethiopia's second leader since the EPRDF came to power in 1991. At 47, he is considered part of a new breed not associated with the guerrilla war that ousted the pro-Soviet military dictatorship led by Mengistu Hailemariam.
Hundreds of protesters stormed the compound of one of Libya's strongest armed Islamic extremist groups in Benghazi on Friday, in the wake of the assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.