NEW DELHI (AP) — Seven decades after cheetahs died out in India, they're back.
Eight big cats from Namibia made the long trek Saturday in a chartered cargo flight to the northern Indian city of Gwalior, part of an ambitious and hotly contested plan to reintroduce cheetahs to the South Asian country.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Namibia qualified for a seventh successive Rugby World Cup in 2023 after beating Kenya 36-0 in the Rugby Africa Cup final at Stade Maurice-David on Sunday.
Namibia advanced as Africa 1 into Pool A with tournament host France, New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay.
BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Monday that numerous priceless artifacts taken from African nations during colonial times will be permanently returned.
Among the artifacts is a shell-studded statue of the mother goddess Ngonnso', which holds great spiritual significance for the Nso' people of northwest Cameroon, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on eight southern African countries that it imposed to try to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant, the White House announced Friday.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has barred entry to travelers from 10 African countries, citing the threat from the new omicron coronavirus variant.
The move, announced in a Health Ministry statement issued late Monday, came just two weeks after Cambodia reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States will host a cricket World Cup for the first time after global events from 2024-31 were allocated on Tuesday.
Pakistan will also stage a first major event in 29 years when it defends the Champions Trophy in 2025.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Namibia reached the main draw of the T20 World Cup for the first time by beating Ireland by eight wickets on Friday and completing the lineup for the Super 12s.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Southern African nations have sent envoys to the tiny kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, to engage with King Mswati III about the political and civil unrest that has engulfed the country in recent weeks.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sri Lanka advanced to the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup by beating Ireland by 70 runs on Wednesday, led by allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga's 71 off 47 balls.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former T20 World Cup champion Sri Lanka survived an early batting collapse to beat Namibia by seven wickets in their first group game on Monday.
Also in Group A, Curtis Campher became the third bowler to grab four wickets in four balls in a Twenty20 as Ireland crushed the Netherlands by seven wickets also.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Senegal was the first team to advance to the final World Cup playoffs in Africa after Famara Diedhiou's hat trick secured a 3-1 win over Namibia on Tuesday.
Morocco followed about six hours later by beating Guinea 4-1 in what was a third game in seven days for both.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Two 18-year-old runners from Namibia were barred Friday from running in the 400 meters at the Olympics because of high natural testosterone levels, becoming the latest female athletes to be affected by the same contentious regulations that have sidelined Caster Semenya.
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — African leaders have gathered with ordinary Zambians to attend a memorial service Friday for Kenneth Kaunda, the nation's founding president and champion of African nationalism.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) —
A prominent Namibian traditional leader, Vekuii Rukoro, the paramount chief of the OvaHererero people who led international legal battles to bring Germany to pay reparations for its genocide in the southern African country, has died of COVID-19.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — A group of traditional chiefs in Namibia said Thursday they have accepted an offer of compensation by Germany and a recognition that the colonial-era massacre of tens of thousands of their people in the early 20th century was genocide.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Monday it is close to an agreement with Namibia on the killings of tens of thousands of people when Germany was the southern African country's colonial ruler over a century ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well.
ZURICH (AP) — Three former France Under-21 players had their international eligibility switched to Senegal by FIFA on Tuesday.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Abdou Diallo, Monaco defender Fodé Ballo-Touré and Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy can transfer the use of family ties because they never played for France’s senior team.
CAIRO (AP) — Chad was disqualified from African Cup of Nations qualifying on Monday because the country's government dissolved the soccer federation.
The Confederation of African Football said it ordered Chad to forfeit two games scheduled for this week as 3-0 losses.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) —
South Africa has reopened its major land borders with neighboring countries after closing them last month to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
At least 20 border posts reopened Monday, with officials saying steps will be taken to avoid tightly-packed crowds of travelers gathering at the immigration posts which would spread the virus.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — The government of Namibia has closed the southern African country's state-owned airline, Air Namibia, saying that it can no longer afford the financial losses.
All Air Namibia flights have been canceled, 10 aircraft have been grounded and the reservations system has been closed.
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Two players from Austrian champion Salzburg have failed doping tests after returning from international duty with Mali last month.
Midfielder Mohamed Camara and forward Sekou Koita reported being given medication for altitude sickness before an away game against Namibia on Nov.
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the dusty savannahs of Namibia, one of the last strongholds of cheetah populations on Earth, conflicts between cattle ranchers and big cats threaten the survival of the embattled carnivores.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Following Namibia's “Fishrot” scandal, in which two Cabinet ministers are in jail awaiting trial for allegedly accepting bribes for lucrative Atlantic Ocean fishing rights, the southern African country held auctions to make transactions fully transparent and accountable.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Locusts are threatening another part of Africa, with up to 7 million people in the southern region facing further food insecurity, the United Nations said Friday.
The outbreaks of African migratory locusts in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are not related to the huge outbreak of billions of desert locusts that has affected East Africa for months, the U.N.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa is seeing a steady spread of the coronavirus across the continent, with five new countries confirming cases on Saturday, so that 24 of Africa's 54 countries have COVID-19 patients.
PARIS (AP) — The good news for France's long-suffering rugby fans is that new coach Fabien Galthié won't tinker with his side for the sake of it.
That's bad news for Italy in their Six Nations encounter on Sunday, considering how well France played in beating England 24-17 to give Galthié a dream start in his new role.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — The Supreme Court in Namibia upheld the results of last year's presidential election on Wednesday, saying the challengers failed to prove ruling party manipulation of electronic voting machines.
CAIRO (AP) — Cameroon and Ivory Coast were drawn in the same World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday, meaning one of the West African soccer powers won't make the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
Mohamed Salah's Egypt will face Gabon and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang, along with Libya and Angola in Group F.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibian independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula has lodged a legal challenge to his loss in last month's elections.
Itula has urged Namibia's Supreme Court to order a re-run of the elections as soon as possible, charging that they were unfair.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibia’s president won another term Saturday but the longtime ruling party lost its powerful two-thirds majority in its most challenging election since independence nearly 30 years ago.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibia’s ruling party on Wednesday faced its biggest challenge since independence nearly three decades ago as people fed up with a weak economy went to the polls. The resource-rich southern African nation’s registered 1.3 million voters were choosing the president and National Assembly members.
WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibia’s registered 1.3 million voters go to the polls Wednesday in a general election that promises to be far removed from the overwhelming victories enjoyed by former liberation movement SWAPO since independence in the resource-rich southern African country in 1990.
It wasn't the way Namibia and Canada wanted to end long losing streaks at the Rugby World Cup.
They were gutted but understanding when their Pool B game in Kamaishi was canceled by World Rugby six hours before the scheduled start on Sunday because of flooding and landslides near the stadium caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
To Namibia and Canada, beating the other at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday would mean everything.
"Life-changing," is how Namibia center Darryl de la Harpe describes it.
"It would mean finance, sponsorship, it could be the catalyst for a lot of stuff in Namibia," he adds.
KOBE, Japan (AP) — Cobus Reinach scored the quickest Rugby World Cup hat trick in a whirlwind first 30 minutes from South Africa to demolish 14-man Canada 66-7 on Tuesday.
The Springboks effectively qualified for the quarterfinals, with only a freakish result in the New Zealand-Italy game — with Italy needing to register a first ever win over the All Blacks and by 100-plus points — capable of stopping that.
KOBE, Japan (AP) — Canada coach Kingsley Jones isn't worried about his players' hearts. It's their legs that concern him.
Canada was walloped 63-0 and 66-7 in successive games against New Zealand and South Africa and must find the energy for one last challenge at the Rugby World Cup.
TOKYO (AP) — Given the keys to the All Blacks machine, first-time flyhalf Jordie Barrett stalled it a couple of times.
Barrett stayed positive, though, refocused, respected the ball, and ultimately drove the world's No.
TOKYO (AP) — Brodie Retallick is available to play, and the All Blacks are relieved.
Now he’s Namibia's problem.
The former world player of the year will appear for the first time in 10 weeks when New Zealand takes on Namibia on Sunday in the Rugby World Cup.
TOKYO (AP) — In more than two years as an All Black, Jordie Barrett has never played flyhalf.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen asked him Friday to start there against Namibia in their Rugby World Cup pool match on Sunday.
Remember the All Blacks?
Black jerseys, black shorts, black socks, black mood on a rugby field? The Rugby World Cup holders?
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus arrived later than he normally does for his team's pre-game warmup in Toyota. Turns out he couldn't take his eyes off another Rugby World Cup game.
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — South Africa restored some order at the Rugby World Cup by putting away Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in Japan, 57-3 on Saturday.
The Springboks' second-string lineup was still a different level compared with the Namibian semi-pro players in a Pool B game that was only a side story to Japan's shock win over Ireland hours earlier in Pool A.
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Schalk Brits was late for the pre-match news conference, leading to a chuckle from South Africa assistant coach Mzwandile Stick.
Stick had already answered a couple of questions by the time Brits barged in with a huge grin across his face, the air of a mischievous schoolboy about him.
The top line on a Springboks to-do list for Rugby World Cup 2019 would be pretty obvious: Lift the Webb Ellis trophy again.
Under that there might be a note to beat the All Blacks in the pool stage.
Having done his part to get Canada to the Rugby World Cup at the last minute, veteran winger DTH van der Merwe wants to help his country qualify for the next one.
That means beating Italy in Pool B on Thursday and then Namibia, which should be enough to gain qualification for 2023 in a strong group featuring New Zealand and South Africa.
The Springboks switched things up for the Rugby World Cup game against Namibia as expected.
Not expected was hooker Schalk Brits selected at No. 8. Brits will also captain South Africa, which he did in a warmup win over Argentina this season, but his role at the back of the scrum was an intriguing move by coach Rassie Erasmus for the Pool B game in Toyota on Saturday.