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National Councillor Walter Wobmann displays a leaflet reading BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Voters in Switzerland decided Sunday to make it easier for young "third-generation foreigners" to get Swiss citizenship, agreeing to extend to about 25,000 people under age 25 access to the fast-track process now available to foreign spouses of Swiss nationals.
Amnesty calls A rise in "brutal tactics" by Tunisian security forces in line with nationwide emergency laws to counter terrorism are threatening reforms in Tunisia, Amnesty International said in a report Monday. Since the 2011 Tunisian revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, the North African country has been wracked by jihadist attacks that have killed more than 100 soldiers and police, some 20 civilians and also 59 foreign tourists. Authorities have hit back by imposing a series of security measures and Tunisia has been under a continuous state of emergency since a November 2015 attack that killed 12 presidential guards.
FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees wait for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to arrive at a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war, according to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war, according to the United Nations.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Scoreboard Monday at the end of the one-off test between India and Bangladesh at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium:
FILE - This is a Saturday, April 2, 2016 file photo of England's Joe Root as he arrives for a practice session a day ahead of their final match of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket against West Indies, in Kolkata, India. Joe Root was been appointed England test cricket captain on Monday Feb. 13, 2017. The 26-year-old Root replaces Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after a record 59 tests in charge. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)LONDON (AP) — Joe Root, arguably England's best batsman, was appointed test cricket captain Monday.
Associated press photographer and 2017 World Press Photo winner Burhan Ozbilici poses for a portrait in front of the The full list of the winners of the 2017 World Press Photo contest:
Mother's Ruin bar in Cape Town stocks 144 varieties of gin from around the globePiling in for after-work drinks, around two dozen people pore over the menu at Mother's Ruin, a speciality gin bar in Cape Town, where homegrown varieties are making a mark on the global scene. The menu is a daunting tome of 144 gins from around the globe, over 20 of them South African and steeped in the flavours of the country's unique coastal mountains. "Those are very popular -- all the foreigners that come in here want to see what gins South Africa has to offer," says part owner Will Pretorius, whose current favourite is A Mari, a variety from Cape Town distilled with seawater.
England's Joe Root plays a shot on the fourth day of the fourth Test match against India at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on December 11, 2016Joe Root said he felt "privileged, humbled and very excited" after being given the "huge honour" of being named England's new Test captain. One of the worst kept secrets in English sport was finally made public Monday when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that Root had been made Test captain in succession to Alastair Cook. The Yorkshire batsman, previously England's vice-captain, had been the overwhelming favourite to take over from Cook, who resigned as Test skipper last week after a national record 59 matches in charge.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken with South African President Jacob Zuma about trade ties and stability in Africa.
An MSF facility treating ebola in Kailahun in 2014Most of the people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of "superspreaders" with the disease, researchers said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows such "superspreaders" can be extremely dangerous when it comes to infectious disease outbreaks. The West African Ebola epidemic was the largest in history and killed more than 11,300 people, with many of the cases involving people infected while caring for a sick person or burying a body.
By Pap Saine and Lamin Jahateh BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's new government has told the United Nations it will remain in the International Criminal Court (ICC), state media reported on Monday, reversing the previous administration's plan to withdraw from the tribunal. Former president Yahya Jammeh announced in October that he would pull Gambia out of the ICC, accusing the world body of ignoring alleged war crimes of Western nations and seeking only to prosecute Africans.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will begin his visit to Africa in The Gambia, a first since the country won independence from Britain in 1965British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who notoriously sparked fury over comments about Africans made when he worked as a journalist, will visit the continent for the first time as minister this week. Johnson will start the visit Tuesday in The Gambia, where he will meet President Adama Barrow and visit the British-funded Medical Research Council, his ministry said. Johnson's trip is a first since the country won independence from Britain in 1965.
#StopTheSoot has become a hashtag on TwitterThe Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces. You step on your floor, everywhere is black," Steven Obodekwe, a Port Harcourt resident and environmentalist, told AFP. Timi Isiayei said there's no escape from the fine black dust.
A billboard advertises the Trump International Golf Club Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2015US President Donald Trump's sons are to inaugurate a branded golf course in Dubai on Saturday, the first public launch for the business empire since Trump took office in January. Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump will attend the opening of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, developed by luxury real estate company DAMAC Properties. The launch comes amid growing concern in Washington over the president's potential conflict of interest.
The armyworm has already caused damage to staple crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana, with reports also suggesting Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia are affectedInternational experts at emergency UN talks in Harare warned Tuesday that crop-eating armyworm caterpillars posed a serious threat to food supplies across several African countries. The outbreak has already caused damage to staple crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana, with reports also suggesting Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia are affected. Experts say it appears to be the first time that the "fall armyworm" species from the Americas has devastated crops in Africa.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa's Twenty20 warmup match against a New Zealand XI was abandoned Tuesday without a ball being bowled, hampering its preparations ahead of Friday's one-off T20 international against New Zealand.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Cricket has decided to move the fourth one-day international between New Zealand and South Africa, scheduled for March 1, from Napier's McLean Park to Hamilton's Seddon Park because of an "unacceptable risk" the Napier stadium might not be fit for play.
A tropical storm heading for the coast of southern Mozambique is expected to develop into a cyclone with winds of up to 118 to 165 kms (70 to 100 miles) per hour, the South African Weather Service said on Tuesday. Mozambique, one of the world's poorest countries which is in the throes of a debt and financial crisis, is prone to flooding and is especially vulnerable after a scorching drought last year, as soils degraded or hardened by dry spells do not easily absorb water. Heavy rains could also impact subsistence maize farmers at a time when Mozambique is one of several countries in the region battling an infestation of crop-damaging fall armyworms, an invasive species with a taste for corn.
The Gambia's new President Adama Barrow had promised during his December election campaign to rejoin the ICC and the Commonwealth group of nationsThe Gambia's new government has asked the United Nations to halt the process of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) begun by the regime of former leader Yahya Jammeh. The Hague-based court, set up in 2002, is often accused of bias against African nations, leading The Gambia, Burundi and South Africa to send notice last year they would no longer recognise the ICC's jurisdiction. "The Government of Gambia has notified Antonio Guterres in his capacity as depository of the Rome Statue of its decision to discontinue the withdrawal notice," said a statement issued by the government late Monday, referring to the UN secretary-general.
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A Tanzanian court has sentenced a married couple to 20 years in jail each for illegal possession of 210 pieces of ivory from nearly 100 poached elephants, the government said on Tuesday.Peter and Leonida Loi Kabi, who pleaded not guilty, were sentenced on Monday. "The tusks weighing 450.6 kg along with five pieces of elephant bones representing the slaughter of 93 elephants were found at the home of the convicted persons," the Natural Resources and Tourism Ministry said in a statement.Famed for safaris on the Serengeti plains and home to Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, Tanzania relies on revenues from tourism and wildlife safaris but has been blighted by poachers chasing ivory, mostly sold in Asia.
South African cricket team captain AB de Villiers, pictured in 2016, has recovered from an elbow injury which prevented him from playing for six monthsJohannesburg (AFP) - AB de Villiers will captain South Africa in a five-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka, starting in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Sri Lanka bowler Lakshan Sandakan delivers a ball to South Africa batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (not pictured) during the second T20 match on January 22, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in JohannesburgInjured captain Angelo Mathews hit two sixes in the last over to hand Sri Lanka a series-levelling three-wicket win in the second Twenty20 international against South Africa on Sunday. Mathews said at the after-match presentation that he could miss the rest of the tour after twisting his right ankle when he dived to avoid being run out in the penultimate over. "It's pretty bad, I think I will be out for a couple of weeks," said Mathews, who made 54 not out as Sri Lanka chased down a low South African total of 113 with two balls to spare.
Burkina Faso's forward Bertrand Traore (R) challenges Guinea-Bissau's forward Piqueti during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso in Franceville on January 22, 2017Burkina Faso and Cameroon secured progress to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday as hosts Gabon crashed out. Gabon were held to a 0-0 draw by Cameroon in Libreville, and their opponents went through to the last eight as runners-up in Group A. Burkina Faso won the group on goal difference after a 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in Franceville.
Sri Lanka's players celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's batsman David Miller, left, for 11 runs during the T20 cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angelo Mathews smashed two sixes in the final over to keep the Twenty20 series alive as Sri Lanka beat hosts South Africa by three wickets on Sunday.
Gabon's forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heads the ball with Cameroon's defender Ambroise Oyongo (back) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Cameroon and Gabon on January 22, 2017There was agony for Gabon on Sunday as the Africa Cup of Nations hosts were condemned to a group-stage exit following a goalless draw with Cameroon in Libreville. Star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was guilty of a glaring early miss while Denis Bouanga broke down in tears at the end after hitting the post at the death as the Panthers played out a third draw in as many games. Despite ending the group stage unbeaten, Gabon become just the fourth host nation and the first since Tunisia in 1994 to be eliminated from the Cup of Nations in the group stage.