Risk of Ebola’s spread from Congo now ‘very high,’ WHO says

Africa 09/29/18, 03:11

The risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now "very high" after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border, the World Health Organization says.The outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in northeastern Congo is now larger than the previous one in the northwest and more complicated ...

Egypt governor: Remove Disney figures from kindergartens

Africa 09/28/18, 12:04

Egyptian media are reporting that a regional governor has ordered depictions of Disney characters removed from kindergarten classrooms and replaced with images of Egyptian troops killed fighting militants.The Youm7 news website quotes Alaa Marzouq, governor of Qaliubiya province just north of Cairo, as saying earlier this week that the move ...

Update: the United Nations General Assembly

Africa 09/28/18, 10:38

The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):10:30 a.m.Two of Macedonia's closest neighbors are welcoming the country's upcoming referendum on changing its name.Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to resolve their long-standing dispute over ...

Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists

Africa 09/28/18, 05:26

Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors.Now fees have been reduced by 30 percent for the low season in the hope that visitors will return.Earlier this year the WWF conservation group said the ...

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 ...