South African President Jacob Zuma, who once played soccer as an apartheid prisoner, on Thursday started the one-year countdown to the 2010 World Cup and said its success would confound sceptics.
High food prices have pushed another 105 million people into hunger in the first half of 2009, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme said on Friday, raising the total number of hungry people to over 1 billion.
Growing numbers of children in Zimbabwe are turning to prostitution to survive, the charity Save the Children says. The aid agency says increasing poverty is leading girls as young as 12 to sell their bodies for as little as a packet of biscuits.
Morocco has confirmed its first case of swine flu – making it the second African country after Egypt to be hit by the H1N1 virus.
Ce vendredi encore, ils étaient des milliers à rendre un dernier hommage à Omar Bongo, à Libreville. La dépouille de l’ancien président est exposée au palais présidentiel dans une chapelle ardente, jusqu’à l’inhumation prévue jeudi prochain. Le deuil national est de 45 jours.
Le ministère public l’a souhaité. Le Collège de la Cour d’appel du Littoral l’a exaucé. Il était 21 heures, hier jeudi 11 juin, lorsque le verdict a été rendu à la Cour d’appel du Littoral : “Siyam Siéwé, Kamdem et Assana écopent d’un emprisonnement à vie.
Madagascar’s armed forces are on maximum alert, days after African economic bloc COMESA declared military intervention to end the island’s political crisis remained an option, the government said on Friday.
The Italian lower house has cancelled a high-level conference with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after he failed to turn up after a two-hour wait. Calling the delay “unjustified”, Speaker Gianfranco Fini called the meeting off to applause from the crowd.
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will seek help for his cash-strapped government when he meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, but will likely be told more reforms are needed first.
Quelque 13 millions de Marocains étaient appelés ce vendredi à élire près de 28 000 conseillers municipaux pour des mandats de six ans avec, pour la première fois, un quota de 12% de sièges réservés aux femmes.
Le Soudan a décidé d’autoriser le retour au Darfour des organisations non gouvernementales occidentales expulsées en mars, et certaines vont pouvoir reprendre leurs activités, a annoncé jeudi le responsable de l’ONU chargé de l’aide humanitaire.
Gunmen who kidnapped three Filipinos and a Ukrainian from an oil supply vessel contracted to Royal Dutch Shell off Cameroon three months ago are demanding $500,000 ransom, a local rebel leader told Reuters.
A senior member of Somalia’s Islamist insurgent movement al Shabaab threatened on Thursday to “invade” Kenya if it did not reduce its military presence on the Somali border.
Muammar Gaddafi faced protests by students on Thursday during his first visit to former colonial power Italy, where he said the world had not rewarded Libya for giving up its ambitions to have weapons of mass destruction.
A man who was 14 years old when detained by the US in Guantanamo Bay camp has been released after seven years, the Justice Department says.