JUBA (Reuters) - The United Nations in South Sudan was readying aid on Saturday for towns ravaged by conflict but was waiting to see if a new ceasefire deal holds between the president and rebel leader before sending it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband President Barack Obama's weekly radio address on Saturday to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls in Nigeria last month.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African platinum producer Lonmin is preparing to restart operations next week after taking its latest wage offer directly to striking miners, hoping to end the country's longest and most costly strike.
NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least 13 of the dozens of migrants from Niger abandoned by smugglers in the Sahara desert last week have been found dead in southern Algeria, a local official and a military source in Niger said on Friday.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar signed a ceasefire deal on Friday after coming under growing international pressure to end ethnic fighting that has raised fears of genocide. Friday's deal was made at a meeting in Ethiopia that was the first time the two men had met face-to-face since violence erupted in December following a long power struggle. Kiir and Machar, both Christians, shook hands and prayed together. The men agreed that
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Friday expressed outrage at the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in two attacks by Islamist militants, demanding their immediate release and threatening to take action.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Slipping from its perch as the continent's biggest economy could well be the jolt South Africa's new government needs to seriously tackle the restrictive labour laws, power shortages and other obstacles that have been crimping direct investment.
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believes 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents last month are still in his country and have not been moved to Cameroon.
ABUJA/GENEVA (Reuters) - British experts arrived in Nigeria on Friday to advise the government on how to find and rescue 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents last month in an attack that, along with the authorities' slow response, has stirred global outrage.
ABUJA - Two decades ago Nigeria's military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.
May 9 (Reuters) - Germany's provisional 30-man squad for next month's World Cup contains several surprises and although some of those players will not survive the final others will be needed to help Germany end their 18-year title drought.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir arrived on Friday in Ethiopia's capital for the first face-to-face talks with rebel leader Riek Machar to try to end four months of conflict and avert a possible genocide.
JUBA (Reuters) - The European Union, among South Sudan's biggest aid donors, is considering sanctions against people who commit human rights abuses or block talks to end nearly five months of fighting there, the EU ambassador to Juba said on Friday.
PRETORIA (Reuters) - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) swept toward victory in South Africa's fifth post-apartheid election on Thursday, handing President Jacob Zuma the clout to push through pro-business reforms in the face of union and leftist opposition.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - More than 100 Somali lawmakers have signed a letter demanding the president resign for failing to improve security and meet other promises, threatening to impeach him if he does not quit.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations accused both government and rebel forces in South Sudan on Thursday of committing crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and other sexual violence, during almost five months of fighting that has left thousands of people dead.
ABUJA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Thursday to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels, as the hostage crisis overshadowed his opening address to a conference designed to showcase investment opportunities in Africa's biggest economy.