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Africa 'unanimously' backs Sheikh Salman for FIFA presidency

Kigali - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said Friday it was backing Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain as its candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world body FIFA.

Gbagbo trial rekindles controversy in Africa over western justice

Dakar - The groundbreaking war crimes trial in The Hague on Thursday of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has rekindled a bitter row across Africa over the international justice system.

Nigeria must devalue its currency to aid ailing stock market

Nigeria must devalue its currency in 2016, according to international investors and ratings agencies. The country's currency, the naira, is heavily protected.

Clinging to power: The African leaders who won't stand down

Kinshasa - The fate of Blaise Compaore, who was ousted after a bloody uprising in 2014 after 27 years as president of Burkina Faso, has not been enough to deter other African leaders from clinging to power long after their constitutions demanded they go.

Urgent aid needed to fight 'super' El Nino: Oxfam

Sydney - Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report on Monday.

China announces $60 bn 'funding support' for Africa

Johanesburg - Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $60 billion of assistance and loans for Africa at a summit in Johannesburg on Friday, signalling China's commitment to the continent despite a recent fall in investment.

Xi to address Africa summit as Chinese investment slows

Johanesburg - Chinese President Xi Jinping will Friday address a summit of 40 African leaders in Johannesburg, with a host of major deals set to underline China's commitment to the continent despite a sharp fall in investment.

Mugabe welcomes China's Xi in rare VIP visit

Harare - China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday on a rare visit by a world leader to a country shunned by Western powers over President Robert Mugabe's widely-criticised record on human rights.

France to give Africa 2 bn euros for green energy

Le Bourget - France will give African countries two billion euros ($2.1 billion) over the next four years to develop renewable energy and replace climate-harming fossil fuels, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

China's Xi heads to Zimbabwe ahead of Africa summit

Harare - China's President Xi Jinping is due to start a five-day visit to Zimbabwe and South Africa on Tuesday, with African concern over the impact of the Chinese economic slowdown set to dominate the agenda.

Mugabe lashes out at 'miserly' West in climate change talks

Le Bourget - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at "miserly" developed nations at the UN climate summit Monday, accusing them of trying to shift the burden for curbing carbon emissions onto poor countries.

HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: Report

Harare - Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said on Monday.

Pope says Christians, Muslims are 'brothers' in strife-torn C.Africa

Bangui - Pope Francis on Monday said Christians and Muslims were "brothers" and urged them to reject hatred and violence as he visited a mosque in the Central African Republic's capital which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict.

Pope to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Bangui - Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic's capital on Monday, as he wraps up his first visit to the continent.The leader of the world's 1.

'Lay down your arms', pope says in divided Central Africa

Bangui - Pope Francis on Sunday urged the warring factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons as he brought a message of peace to a country ravaged by sectarian violence.

Central African Republic leader asks pope's 'forgiveness' for sectarian violence

Bangui - Central African Republic's interim president Catherine Samba-Panza on Sunday asked for "forgiveness" from Pope Francis for two years of "evil" sectarian violence she dubbed "a descent into hell".

ICC staves off Africa-led rebellion, sets sights on new HQ

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court staved off a veiled African-led threat to quit the world's only permanent war crimes court, but experts say that has come at the expense of justice for the victims of mass atrocities.

Pope brings message of peace to divided Central African Republic

Bangui - Pope Francis brought a message of peace to divided Central African Republic on Sunday, visiting people displaced by months of bloody sectarian violence and calling for unity.

Pope honours Christian martyrs on landmark Africa tour

Kanpala - Large crowds of Ugandans greeted Pope Francis on Saturday as he held a mass youth rally and honoured martyred Christians on his landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope".

Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'

Kanpala - Pope Francis hailed Africa as "a continent of hope" on Friday as he toured Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip that has seen him railing against corruption and poverty.

Kenyan slum children offer gifts to welcome pope

Nairobi - They came through the narrow and muddy streets in the rain long before dawn, intent on seeing Pope Francis as he came to their church in the Kenyan slum of Kangemi.

Huge crowds cheer as pope arrives in Uganda

Entebbe - Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa which has seen him railing against corruption and poverty, with huge crowds celebrating his arrival.

Failure of Paris climate summit would be 'catastrophic': pope

Nairobi - Pope Francis on Thursday warned of a "catastrophic" outcome if vested interests blocked an agreement to tackle climate change at the UN talks opening in Paris next week."In a few days, an important meeting on climate change will be held in Paris...

Huge crowds as pope celebrates first mass in Africa

Nairobi - Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on Thursday with huge crowds hailing heavy rains as "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital.

Vast crowds expected for pope's first mass in Africa

Nairobi - Kenyan Catholic leaders are expecting over a million people to attend an open-air mass led by Pope Francis in the capital Nairobi Thursday, the first full day of his Africa tour.

'Child brides' suffer, but African Union seeks to end custom

Maxixe - Lucia Felix, a 15-year-old Mozambican girl, dreams of returning to her village school but instead she must prepare for motherhood after she was chosen for an arranged marriage and became pregnant.

Pope Francis starts landmark Africa trip in Kenya

Nairobi - Pope Francis landed in Kenya's capital Nairobi Wednesday on the first leg of a landmark three-nation trip to Africa, greeted with cheering crowds and traditional dancers.

Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

Nairobi - Security forces are readying for Pope Francis' three-nation Africa tour this week amid fears of jihadist attacks and violence, with authorities insisting the pontiff's trip can pass off peacefully.

Pope readies for Africa, riskiest trip of his papacy

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Africa this week for the riskiest trip of his papacy, defying danger with an open-topped popemobile and visits to a slum, refugee camp and mosque despite security fears following jihadist attacks.

Q&A: ICC prosecutor on trying the world's worst crimes

Den Haag - Three years into her nine-year tenure the prosecutor of the world's only permanent war crimes court is battling a growing caseload as she fights "to give victims a voice.
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Children at an orphanage in Man, Côte d'Ivoire.
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