Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies

Africa 10/16/18, 08:41

Madagascar reached its first African Cup of Nations on Tuesday, also becoming the first team to qualify for next year's continental championship.Senegal and Egypt soon sealed their spots as well, despite playing without injured stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.This was Madagascar's 20th attempt at qualifying for the African Cup. ...

7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

Africa 10/16/18, 05:36

At least seven people died and nearly 80 were injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, authorities at the accident site said.A man searches a derailed train Tuesday Oct.16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train ...

Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

Africa 10/16/18, 04:00

Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent.The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about promoting tourism and arts. ...

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Africa 10/16/18, 01:36

Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care.A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding that the government is "greatly concerned."Liberians have ...

WHO convenes emergency meeting on Congo’s Ebola outbreak

Africa 10/15/18, 21:58

The World Health Organization says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo's latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Aid organizations have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month and community resistance to Ebola containment efforts ...

‘Dark days’ over: Gambia launches truth, reconciliation body

Africa 10/15/18, 10:32

Gambia on Monday launched a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission to lay bare abuses committed under the 22-year rule of former leader Yahya Jammeh, with President Adama Barrow declaring the country's "dark days" are over.The long-awaited commission is meant to help heal the tiny West African nation after years of ...

Kenyan running great Kip Keino facing corruption charges

Africa 10/14/18, 10:00

Kenyan running great Kip Keino has been named as a suspect in a corruption investigation in his home country and given until the end of Monday to hand himself over to police or face arrest.The 78-year-old Keino, the former head of Kenya's Olympic committee, is one of seven ex-officials who ...

Somalia marks 1 year since devastating Mogadishu bombing

Africa 10/14/18, 00:16

Somalia is marking the first anniversary of one of the world's deadliest attacks since 9/11, a truck bombing in the heart of Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people.As people gathered on Sunday at a new memorial with a minute of silence, a man accused of orchestrating the bombing was ...

Cape Town artist fights gang violence with beach calligraphy

Africa 10/13/18, 01:08

The Hangberg community outside ruggedly beautiful Hout Bay is troubled by gang violence, drugs and poverty.One artist trying to break the destructive cycle recently ran a workshop for a group of children from the area to teach them an unusual medium: beach calligraphy.Andrew van der Merwe is a professional calligrapher ...

Rwandan woman chosen to head body for French-speaking world

Africa 10/12/18, 12:09

Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo has been chosen to lead the body that represents French speakers around the world, becoming the first African woman to hold the post.The foreign minister replaces Canada's Michaelle Jean, who had sought re-election for the top job at the International Organization of Francophonie.Francophonie Secretary-General designate ...