War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace

Africa 09/28/18, 05:20

Clutching the ball with both hands, Gloria Nene charges past opponents and proudly scores a try. The 11-year-old girl traded in Boro Boro, South Sudan's equivalent of dodgeball, for rugby a few months ago and already has decided she wants to go pro."It's good to play. If you're outside doing ...

Ethiopia charges 5 with terrorism over assassination attempt

Africa 09/28/18, 05:08

Ethiopia's attorney general on Friday filed terrorism charges against five people accused of trying to "kill the prime minister" at a huge rally in the capital in June, barely two months after the reformist leader took office.The charges say the five acted on the premise that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ...

Italy, Tunisia vow to cooperate more over migrants

Africa 09/27/18, 12:50

Tunisia and Italy agreed to step up efforts to send Tunisian migrants identified as illegally staying in Italy back to their country and improve both countries' cooperation.Tunisian Interior Minister Hichem Fourati, talks during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, in the Interior Ministry in Tunis, ...

Autopsy on dead Egyptian monk shows signs of poisoning

Africa 09/27/18, 08:52

Egyptian security officials say an autopsy on a monk who had until recently belonged to a monastery where the abbot was killed showed clear signs of poisoning.Speaking on Thursday, they said the autopsy was performed late Wednesday, hours after the monk was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital at ...

In Nigeria, voodoo festival shows strength of traditions

Africa 09/27/18, 05:20

Excitement grew in the crowd as the Zangbeto Voodoo festival reached a climax, with scores of colorful palm-frond figures representing the traditional guardian of the night.As men and women in white ceremonial clothing sang and danced to the sound of heavy drums, adherents doused a cone-shaped Zangbeto with kerosene. A ...

Update: Ghana president defends Chinese investment

Africa 09/26/18, 10:22

The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):10:15 a.m.Ghana's president is defending massive Chinese investment across Africa in the face of concerns about a possible "re-colonization of the African continent by a new power."President Nana Akufo-Addo says "it is obvious to us that the development trajectory we ...

Mandela’s ordinariness helped make him great, lawyers say

Africa 09/26/18, 10:22

While Nelson Mandela is celebrated at the United Nations, two prominent South African lawyers say his greatness lay partly in his ordinary qualities and recognition of his own mistakes.Former judge Albie Sachs recalls how Mandela, as president after apartheid's 1994 end, pushed in vain for the new constitution to allow ...

Nearly 400,000 ‘excess deaths’ in South Sudan, report says

Africa 09/26/18, 07:25

South Sudan's civil war has caused nearly 400,000 "excess deaths" since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the U.S. State Department said Wednesday after years of uncertainty.The report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine estimates that "violent injuries" caused about half of those ...

Cameroon lurches toward election amid separatist conflict

Africa 09/26/18, 05:17

John Nlom has five children and wants to keep them alive. When machete-wielding men attacked a nearby school this month in a suspected strike against the teaching of French, wounded students were rushed to hospitals while frightened parents decided to flee.Nlom and his family piled onto one of the dozens ...