Africa

Number of southern Africans needing aid rises by one million

The number of people in southern Africa needing food aid and related assistance has risen by more than a million to 13.8 million since July, the UN said Tuesday.

Kenya burns thousands of illegal weapons

More than 5,200 guns were burned in Kenya on Tuesday to discourage the circulation of illegal weapons, according to Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

German minister apologizes after racial slur against African men

German Development Minister Gerd Mueller apologized Tuesday for a speech he made earlier this month that contained a racial slur against African men, saying that his comments had been "too...

Congo to ban foreign media from broadcasting independently

The government of Congo wants to ban all 24-hour foreign news services, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, from operating independently, Communications Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga said...

Congolese premier resigns as part of deal with opposition

Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday as part of a deal made with the opposition that allows President Joseph Kabila to stay in power after the end of his second term,...

Report: Germany mulls sending Mediterranean migrants back to Africa

Germany's Interior Ministry would consider sending migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea back to Africa, a spokesman said in comments published Sunday.

EU: migration cooperation with Africa is bearing fruits

European efforts to tackle migration in concert with African countries of origin and transit are beginning to bear fruits, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday, four months...

Study finds nearly 385 million children worldwide live in poverty

Nearly 385 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty, UNICEF and the World Bank said Monday.

More than 300 kilogrammes of elephant tusks seized at Vietnam airport

More than 300 kilogrammes of elephant tusks have been confiscated at Hanoi's international airport, a customs official said Monday.

Push for closure of domestic ivory markets sparks controversy

The United States and 29 African countries on Monday pushed for a large-scale ban on the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to stop the dramatic decline of Africa's elephant populations.

Number of African elephants has dropped by a fifth in past decade

The number of African elephants in their home continent has dropped by more than a fifth in the past decade due to a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (...

South Sudanese refugee count climbs above 1 million

The internal conflict in South Sudan has forced more than 1 million people out of the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR) said Friday.

Zimbabwe introduces bond notes to combat cash shortages

Zimbabwe will launch notes with equivalent US dollar values to ease cash shortages and promote exports starting next month, the central bank announced Thursday.

EU parliament approves trade deal with six southern African countries

The European Parliament cleared the way Wednesday for a new trade agreement between the European Union and six southern African countries, approving the deal despite concerns among European...

Thousands of opposition supporters detained in Gabon, official says

Thousands of opposition supports have been arrested in the wake of rioting that erupted over the election victory of President Ali Bongo, according to opposition leader Jean Ping.