SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A Somali-born man set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police in a rampage they called an act of terrorism.
KAMPALA (Reuters) - U.S. firm CTI Africa plans to invest $10 million in Uganda to build a plant to assemble low-end smart mobile phones and manufacture phone components, its chief executive said on Friday.
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's government must urgently inject at least 7 billion rand ($491 million) into struggling state-owned defence group Denel, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Friday.
ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The head of the European Union's observer mission to Madagascar's presidential election said on Friday that any irregularities found so far were minor and unlikely to affect the results.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A lawmaker from Kenya's ruling party has proposed limiting foreign involvement in public contracts after what he said was an outcry about an influx of Chinese businesses driving out local companies.
BAMENDA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Children kidnapped by gunmen in western Cameroon said their captors had warned them not to go back to school, recounting their ordeal as parents on Thursday packed up belongings from a boarding school now being shuttered.Kidnappers freed about 80 school children and a driver in west Cameroon on Wednesday, but kept hold of a principal and one teacher, two days after snatching them in a school raid.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is worried about the outbreak of Ebola in conflict-hit eastern Congo where there are 312 confirmed and probable cases and 191 deaths, a USAID official said on Thursday.
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 (Reuters) - France's EDF Group
signed an agreement on Thursday to build and operate a 1.2
billion euro ($1.37 billion) hydropower project in Cameroon, the
first step in a plan to expand its hydropower business in
Africa, a company executive said.
GABORONE (Reuters) - Around 400 buffaloes drowned after stampeding into the Chobe River along the border between Botswana and Namibia, possibly while running away from lions, the tourism ministry said.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions Bayern Munich are unusually with their backs to the wall as they travel to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with coach Niko Kovac quickly running out of time.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday that it was investigating Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, a close ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa, for allegedly abusing his powers during his time as finance minister.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's foreign ministry said on Thursday that Khartoum and Washington have agreed to launch the second phase of strategic talks aimed at removing Sudan from the United States' state sponsors of terrorism list.
BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Malawian President Peter Mutharika sacked Vice President Saulos Chilima on Wednesday in a cabinet reshuffle, the government said, ahead of a presidential election next year in which Chilima is seen as the biggest threat to Mutharika.