u.n. air strikes in central african republic kill several: militia

a top militant and three others were killed in central african republic when a u.n. helicopter fired on fighters advancing towards the town of bambari, a rebel group said on sunday. the un's mission known as minusca shot at fighters from the pop

2017-02-12 01:29:55  

ex-pm returns to restive lesotho vowing to win power

the former prime minister of lesotho returned to the landlocked mountain kingdom on sunday, pledging to win back power two years after fleeing in fear of his life. thomas thabane, leader of the all basotho convention (abc) party, was greeted by

2017-02-12 12:46:44  

swiss ease citizenship for 'third-generation' foreigners

berlin (ap) — voters in switzerland decided sunday to make it easier for young "third-generation foreigners" to get swiss citizenship, agreeing to extend to about 25,000 people under age 25 access to the fast-track process now availabl

2017-02-12 12:24:05  

swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

swiss voters on sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more muslims. according to final official results,

2017-02-12 10:41:10  

chiefs have emotional win in brisbane global tens final

brisbane, australia (ap) — the chiefs beat fellow new zealand side the crusaders 12-5 on sunday to win the inaugural brisbane global tens rugby tournament under difficult circumstances.

2017-02-12 05:42:40  

algeria buckles up for homegrown auto drive

once one of africa's biggest car buyers, algeria is embarking on an ambitious programme aimed at replacing hundreds of thousands of foreign imports with domestically produced models to keep drivers on the road. as fears grow over us preside

2017-02-12 02:56:47  

taylor again left out of new zealand twenty20 squad

wellington (afp) - senior batsman ross taylor has again been kept out of the new zealand twenty20 squad, named on sunday, to play south africa later in the week.

2017-02-11 10:38:16  

new zealand names t20, odi squads for south africa series

wellington, new zealand (ap) — wicketkeeper luke ronchi will return from injury to reclaim his place in the new zealand one-day and twenty20 teams for upcoming matches against south africa.

2017-02-11 09:54:57  

former all black lauaki dies aged 35

former all black sione lauaki has died at the age of 35, new zealand rugby said sunday. the cause of death was not immediately revealed but the powerful loose forward had apparently suffered from kidney failure. "the thoughts of everyone ar

2017-02-11 07:53:28  

mane sparks liverpool as arsenal, man utd rise

the jet-heeled sadio mane scored a quick-fire brace as liverpool revitalised their premier league campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over tottenham hotspur at anfield on saturday. senegalese flier mane netted twice in three first-half minutes a

2017-02-11 03:16:31  

allen strike freezes out palace at stoke

stoke-on-trent (united kingdom) (afp) - sam allardyce's poor run since taking over crystal palace was compounded by their loss at stoke city on saturday as joe allen's slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 premier league win. in driving ra

2017-02-11 01:18:29  

south african farmers battle crop-eating pest

by tanisha heiberg limpopo, south africa (reuters) - inspecting the damage on his 4,000 hectare farm, petri van der walt breaks open the stem of a sorghum plant to reveal the crop-eating pest that has for the first time been detected in africa&#

2017-02-10 05:15:13  

italy to speed up migrant asylum decisions, deportations

rome (ap) — the italian government on friday approved measures aimed at streamlining the decision process for asylum requests — as well as speeding up the deportations of those whose asylum bids have been denied.

2017-02-10 04:10:43  

swiss consider citizenship for third-generation foreigners

geneva (ap) — high-school student selena mercado was born in switzerland, has gone to school in switzerland, considers herself swiss and dreams of a political career here one day. but her passport is from chile, a country that she's never s

2017-02-10 02:29:44  

forced evictions dragging down african investment: report

forced evictions are at the heart of most african land disputes, and local anger over those displacements threatens investment across the continent, a report said thursday. a joint analysis conducted by consultancy firm tmp systems and the us-ba

2017-02-10 02:17:05  

10 dead in ghana chieftaincy power struggle: police

seven women and three children were killed and 11 people injured when a dispute among members of a traditional ruler's family in northern ghana turned violent, police said friday. traditional rulers are found across africa and although they

2017-02-10 01:43:12  

swiss archaeologist shines light on sudan's buried past

a veteran swiss archaeologist has unearthed three temples in sudan built thousands of years ago, a discovery he says promises to throw new light on africa's buried ancient past. the round and oval shaped structures dating from 1,500 to 2,00

2017-02-10 11:12:53  

from arizona to eritrea, a deadly start to 2017 for migrants: iom

by tom miles geneva (reuters) - more than 400 migrant deaths have been recorded so far in 2017, including on the mediterranean crossings to europe from north africa and the route into the united states from mexico, the international organization

2017-02-10 10:55:18  

mourners honour south african legend joost van der westhuizen

teammates from south africa's 1995 world cup winning squad carried the coffin of joost van der westhuizen into his memorial service on friday in front of several hundred mourners. van der westhuizen, hailed as one of the greatest rugby play

2017-02-10 08:38:20  

diego maradona to get ambassador role with fifa

zurich (ap) — diego maradona is getting an ambassador's role with fifa.

2017-02-10 07:14:42  

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