Africa

  • Ashwell Prince plays down talk of 'racist' abuse 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    London: South Africa's Ashwell Prince indicated on Friday he did not feel there had been a racist element to the verbal abuse he had received from Yorkshire's Andrew Gale. Yorkshire captain Gale was banned for two matches after being reported by the umpires for verbally abusing Prince, playing for arch-rivals Lancashire,...
  • Concerned CSA vows to crack down on ball-tampering by its players 4 days ago

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) is concerned about its national players gaining notoriety for ball-tampering and vowed not to tolerate such behaviour. At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday, CSA board member Vusi Pikoli, a leading figure in South Africa's legal industry, said he was "deeply concerned" with allegations...
  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title 5 days ago

    After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday. With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version...
  • FIFA, UN to cooperate in fight against Ebola 6 days ago

    Madrid: FIFA, football's world governing body, said that it looks forward to cooperating with the UN to combat the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed over 2,000 in West Africa. The Antoinette Tubman stadium in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, will host two Ebola treatment units after the World Health Organisation (WHO)...
  • UN names new envoy for West Africa 1 week ago

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed Mohammed Ibn Chambas of Ghana as his special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Chambas will succeed Said Djinnit of Algeria to whom the Secretary General is grateful for his dedication and effective leadership at...
  • Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide, sentencing on Oct 13 1 week ago

    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down sobbing as South African judge reads verdict September 11, 2014

    Johansburg: South African track star Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears as Judge Thokozile Masipa read out her verdict in his murder case in a Pretoria court on Thursday. Shoulders shaking, the Olympic and paralympic star bowed his head and sobbed as he listened to Masipa, who earlier said the state...
  • Oscar Pistorius faces justice as judge starts verdict September 11, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, faced justice on Thursday as a South African judge started her verdict in his murder trial, a decision that could put him behind bars for 25 years. In a fitting reminder of how South Africa...
  • South African court to deliver verdict in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today September 11, 2014

    It's D-Day for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. A South Africa court will deliver the verdict of Pistorius' murder trial today - more than 18 months after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. If he is found guilty of pre-meditated murder, he could be sentenced to life in prison. ...
  • Ebola toll hits 2,288 in West Africa: WHO September 10, 2014

    Geneva: The number of people infected by the Ebola virus disease in West Africa reached 4,269 as of Tuesday, while the total number of related deaths stood at 2,288, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) officials. The virus has spread rapidly over the past 21 days, and the number of patients...
  • Indian-origin mathematician elected new president of ICSU September 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: Daya Reddy, an Indian-origin South African mathematician has been elected as the new president of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Reddy has been voted by representatives of ICSU's 120 national members and scientific unions attending the organisation's General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand. ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with...
  • BJP to open overseas office in Kenya, other African nations September 7, 2014

    Nairobi: Spreading its wings across the African continent where it did not have much of a presence till now, India's ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will be opening an overseas office in Kenya's capital Nairobi in the next fortnight. The party also has plans to launch offices in some other East...
  • India, Australia, South Africa favourites to win World Cup: Ian Chappell September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With the teams entering the final phase of their preparations for next year's World Cup, cricketing great Ian Chappell has said defending champions India, Australia and South Africa are the favourites to win the game's showpiece event. "As teams enter the home straight in preparation for next year's World...
  • Food security: South Africa backs India's stance at WTO September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: South Africa supports India's stance at WTO on public food stock holding issue as developing nations have responsibility to ensure that "those who are not able to feed themselves" are brought under the food security net, said South African High Commissioner to India FK Morule. "The developing countries which...
  • Du Plessis leads South Africa to tri-series win at Harare September 6, 2014

    Harare: Faf du Plessis led South Africa to a six-wicket win over Australia in the final of the one-day international tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. Du Plessis hit 96 from 99 balls and just missed out on his fourth century in five innings in the tournament as South Africa...
  • South Africa requests Dalai Lama to defer visit September 6, 2014

    Dharamsala: South Africa on Saturday requested Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to defer his visit to Cape Town for this year only, his private office said. "We had a meeting with officials of the South African High Commission and foreign ministry here (in Delhi) and they requested his holiness to...
  • India world's cheapest country to fly: Report September 5, 2014

    Sydney: India tops the list of the cheapest countries in the world in which to fly, a leading Australian daily reported on Friday. Airfares to India cost just $10.36 per 100 km. It is followed by Malaysia and South Africa, which claim second and third spots respectively, ahead of Australia, The...
  • Morkel, Duminy in doubt for tri-series final against Australia September 5, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel and allrounder JP Duminy will undergo late fitness tests ahead of Saturday's triangular series final against Australia in Harare. South Africa, who have already lost allrounder Ryan McLaren to injury in the series, will give the players until just before the start of...
  • HC asks Centre if passengers are being screened for Ebola September 5, 2014

    Mumbai: The Union Government told the Bombay High Court that it had installed thermal scanners at the airports in Mumbai, Delhi and elsewhere to find out Ebola-infected passengers among those arriving from Africa. The court, however, was not satisfied and asked the Centre to file an additional affidavit by September...
  • NATO agrees on plan to strengthen collective defence September 5, 2014

    Cardiff: NATO leaders on Friday agreed on a readiness action plan to strengthen the bloc's collective defence and deal with any challenge, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. The NATO allies face a security environment which is more unpredictable than ever, including Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine, violent extremism in the...
  • South Africa has not denied visa to the Dalai Lama: Envoy September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has not been denied a South African visa yet and the matter was still under consideration, the country's envoy said on Friday. Speaking to journalists at the Indian Women's Press Corps, South African High Commissioner to India FK Morule said he has "heard"...
  • Australia have the edge over South Africa, says Mitchell Johnson September 5, 2014

    Predictability will meet adaptability when South Africa face Australia in Saturday's triangular series final in Harare - at least according to Mitchell Johnson. Days after fracturing South Africa all rounder Ryan McLaren's right arm, the Australian quick has ramped up the mind games after the Proteas saw off Zimbabwe on Thursday...
  • Tri-series: South Africa cruise past Zimbabwe to enter final September 4, 2014

    Harrare: South Africa eased to a 63-run win over Zimbabwe on Thursday and will play Australia in the one-day international tri-series final at Harare Sports Club. Faf du Plessis hit his third century in four games to take South Africa to 271-6 batting first and just about guarantee them a place...
  • Watch: 'I'm only joking mate!' South African fast bowler Dale Steyn terrifies teammate Quinton de Kock with on-field prank September 4, 2014

    South African fast bowler Dale Steyn recently pulled a prank on his teammate and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock on field. De Kock was approaching Steyn for a high-five after a catch when Steyn, senior to De Kock by 10 years, absolutely terrified him by pretending to be angry. The rest of...
  • Central Africa attack kills at least five: Peacekeepers September 3, 2014

    Bangui: At least five people were killed during an attack by armed men on a northern town in the Central African Republic, a source in the African peacekeeping force said on Wednesday. Heavily armed men believed to be ex-Seleka rebel fighters stormed Nana Bakassa, 300 kilometres north of the capital Bangui...
  • Faf du Plessis fills Jacques Kallis void, says can get even better September 3, 2014

    Faf du Plessis has cemented his number three position in South Africa's one-day international (ODI) lineup with successive centuries against Australia but the batsmen believes he can get even better before next year's World Cup. "I'm hitting the ball nicely, but I feel I can still improve quite a bit," he...
  • Getting help to Ebola-stricken countries to cost $600 million: UN September 3, 2014

    Washington: The cost of getting supplies needed to West African countries to get the Ebola crisis under control will be at least $600 million, Dr David Nabarro, the senior United Nations Coordinator for Ebola Disease, told reporters on Wednesday. More than 40 per cent of the Ebola cases in West Africa,...
  • Ebola death toll reaches 1500; 3,000 cases registered: WHO September 3, 2014

    According to the World Health Organization over 1500 have died and more than 3000 have been affected by Ebola since December. Center for Disease Control Dr. Tom Frieden said, "An urgent response to get more patients into care. More work getting done in the communities. safer burials, all of these...
  • Tri-series, Match 5: Australia beat South Africa by 62 runs to reach final September 2, 2014

    Australia beat South Africa by 62 runs in their triangular series one-day international on Tuesday as Mitchell Marsh served up a match-winning display with bat and ball. The big victory stopped Australia's mini-slump of two straight losses and put them into Saturday's final of the three-team tournament at Harare Sports Club....
  • World's oldest Test cricketer Norman Gordon dies September 2, 2014

    The world's oldest Test cricketer Norman Gordon, who was the last survivor of the timeless Test, passed away in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the age of 103, local media reported. The South African fast bowler played in the timeless Test in Durban in 1939, in which England came within 42 runs...