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African leaders call on UN for intervention in Libya

Leaders in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa gather on the second day of a summit on security in the region, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, on December 19, 2014, in Nouakchott.  By Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj (AFP) Friday, December 19, 2014

Nouakchott (AFP) - Leaders in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa called Friday on the United Nations to organise an international force "to neutralise the armed groups" sowing chaos in Libya. T ...

UN funding shortage 'leaves C. Africa children in need'

Women and children of the Pulaar ethnicity wait in line in the Begoua district, northeast of Bangui, to receive humanitarian and medical aid on April 9, 2014.  By Miguel Medina (AFP/File) Friday, December 19, 2014

Geneva (AFP) - The UN children's agency warned on Friday of a "critical funding shortfall" for its programmes in Central African Republic, where more than two million children are in need following a ...

Madagascar reconciliation bid secures political prisoner release

Friday, December 19, 2014

Antananarivo (AFP) - Madagascar's president and four of his predecessors met for the first time Friday in a bid to restore national unity that quickly produced a pledge to free the country's political ...

Nigeria says reports of latest Islamist kidnap 'unverified'

A hunter holds his rifle in Yola, state capital of Adamawa, on December 4, 2014 after taking part in an operation against Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.  By Florian Plaucheur (AFP/File) Friday, December 19, 2014

Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria's military on Friday confirmed a deadly attack by Boko Haram in the northeast village of Gumsuri but said reports of a mass kidnapping needed to be verified. "Troops are patro ...

Rita Jeptoo "B" sample positive: Athletics Kenya

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.  By Timothy A. Clary (AFP/File) Friday, December 19, 2014

Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya's top woman marathon runner Rita Jeptoo is facing a two-year suspension after her "B" sample turned positive for the banned blood-boosting drug EPO, Athletics Kenya said Friday. ...

Ban pledges UN support in tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

UN chief Ban Ki-moon (R) reviews the troops with Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai after arriving at the Monrovia airport, on December 19, 2014, on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries.  By Zoom Dosso (AFP) Friday, December 19, 2014

Freetown (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday pledged support for Ebola-ravaged countries seeking to end the world's worst outbreak of the virus and rebuild their health systems as he began a tour o ...

David struggles into eighth world final

Malaysia's David Nicol Ann (R) returns a shot during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on September 27, 2014.  By Pornchai Kittiwongsakul (AFP/File) Friday, December 19, 2014

Cairo (AFP) - World number one Nicol David reached her eighth world final after a rare ordeal on Friday, coming back from two games to one down to defeat Egypt's Omneya Kawy 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11 ...

Morocco raises 1.7 bn euros for solar plants

A worker stands in front of a solar array that is part of the Noor 1 solar power  project in Ouarzazate on October 19, 2014.  By Fadel Senna (AFP/File) Friday, December 19, 2014

Rabat (AFP) - Morocco has raised more than $2 billion (1.7 billion euros) for the next phase of a huge solar energy project, officials said on Friday. The funds are being provided by international ...

Philander the destroyer as West Indies crumble

Friday, December 19, 2014

Centurion (South Africa) (AFP) - Vernon Philander was the main destroyer as the West Indian batting crumbled on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Friday. Ph ...

African leaders call on UN for intervention in Libya

Leaders in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa gather on the second day of a summit on security in the region, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, on December 19, 2014, in Nouakchott.  By Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj (AFP) Friday, December 19, 2014

Nouakchott (AFP) - Leaders in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa called Frid ...

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South Africa beat New Zealand to defend Sevens title

Seabelo Senatla (L) of South Africa scores a try against New Zealand during their Semi-final rugby match on December 6, 2014.  By Karim Sahib (AFP/File) Sunday, December 14, 2014

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa defended their title on home ...

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'Boko Haram' kills 32, kidnaps scores in NE Nigeria

An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech.  By  (Boko Haram/AFP/File) Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped ...

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Nigeria's Jonathan warns spending at risk due to falling oil price

An aerial view of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) plant at Bonny Island in Rivers State on March 22, 2013.  By Pius Utomi Ekpei (AFP/File) Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Abuja (AFP) - President Goodluck Jonathan warned Tuesday that Nigeria could be f ...

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Tunisia presidential vote nears climax

88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi is favourite to win Sunday's second-round vote in Tunisia's presidential election.  By Fethi Belaid (AFP) Friday, December 19, 2014

Tunis (AFP) - Four years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia's ...

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Ebola-hit Liberia delays election until weekend

Liberian politician and ex-footballer George Weah speaks during a meeting in Monrovia on November 20, 2014 before the opening of political campaign activities for senatorial elections.  By Zoom Dosso (AFP/File) Monday, December 15, 2014

Monrovia (AFP) - A much-postponed election for half the seats in Ebola-hit Liber ...

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