News : Africa


Botswana votes in tight election
Voters are going to the polls in Botswana in what is expected to be the closest general elections in the world's largest diamond producer.
BBC News | 24-Oct-2014 11:37

Police Chase Corrupt Chinese Officials in Australia
An international police operation is targeting corrupt Chinese officials who have fled to Australia with an estimated $1 billion in bribes and embezzled money. China has enlisted the help of several Western countries in a far-reaching anti-corruption campaign. Within weeks, Australian authorities are expected to seize the assets of seven of China’s most wanted economic criminals. It is part of China's Operation Fox Hunt, which began in July and is now targeting former communist... | 24-Oct-2014 11:32

US Scales Back 'Cobra Gold' War Games in Thailand
The United States has confirmed it is scaling back a major annual defense exercise in Thailand, where Washington has criticized a coup by the country's military. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok told VOA on Friday the so-called Cobra Gold 2015 exercise set for February will be "refocused and scaled down." The statement said "in light of the current political situation, the U.S. government has increased its focus on non-lethal activities, such as... | 24-Oct-2014 11:15

New York Policeman Critical After Hatchet Attack
A man was fatally shot in New York Thursday after attacking a group of police officers with a hatchet, critically wounding one. The recent police academy graduates were posing for a photo when a man wearing a hooded jacket lunged at them, swinging the weapon. Police commissioner William Bratton told a news conference there was no known motive for the attack. | 24-Oct-2014 11:08

Canadian Shooter's Mother ‘Mad’ at Son
The mother of a man who Canadian police say killed a soldier in Ottawa Wednesday before shooting up the halls of Parliament said she has "no explanation to offer" for what her estranged son did. Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press that part of her "wants to hate" Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. Authorities identified the Montreal native as the lone gunman who carried out a rampage in the capital before a security officer fatally shot him.  In an email, Susan Bibeau... | 24-Oct-2014 10:51

EU's Growth Tsar Tells Germany to Invest More, No Decision on Italy
Germany's potential for economic growth is far too low and the country must invest more, the EU's top economic official said on Friday, joining a growing chorus of leaders who want Europe's biggest economy to spend more to avoid euro zone stagnation. Germany is looking increasingly isolated on its prescription for an economic revival with its focus on balancing the books and avoiding new debt, while France, Italy, the United States and the IMF want to see Berlin agree to more... | 24-Oct-2014 10:33

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