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  • De Villiers backs Steyn as match-winner 3 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm

    South Africa's Dale Steyn prepares to bowl during the Cricket World Cup match against India in Melbourne on February 22, 2015South Africa captain AB de Villiers backed Dale Steyn to be a World Cup match-winner despite the strike bowler struggling to hit top form at the tournament. After an indifferent start to the World Cup, Steyn marked his 100th one-day international with 2-39 in the 201-run mauling of Ireland at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday. Bowling with pace and venom, Steyn sent back opener Paul Stirling for nine and then had danger man Ed Joyce picked up for nought as the Proteas claimed their third win in four games. By contrast, fellow fast bowler Morne Morkel has 9-174 from four games while the unheralded Kyle Abbott boasts 6-58 in two matches since he came in to replace the injured Vernon Philander.

  • Protesters demand justice over LA homeless killing 3 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm

    A demonstrator outside police headquarters in Los Angeles on March 3, 2015 protests against the killing by police of a homeless manAngry protesters have hit the streets of Los Angeles demanding justice, two days after graphic video footage that went viral showed police shooting dead a homeless man. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters to protest Sunday's killing, the latest in a spate of fatal shootings of African Americans at the hands of police officers. The Los Angeles Times -- citing law-enforcement records -- named the victim as 39-year-old Charley Saturmin Robinet and said he was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the victim tried to grab a gun from one of four officers who were trying to restrain him.

  • UAE wins toss, bowls in World Cup Pool B match vs Pakistan 3 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm

    NAPIER, New Zealand (AP) — United Arab Emirates won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat Wednesday in a Cricket World Cup Pool B match that could be pivotal for both teams.

  • AP source: South American confederation to support Blatter 3 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm

    CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout, from left, Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, sit before the start of a luncheon, backdropped by a portrait of past president, Gen. Bernardino Caballero, at the presidential residence in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The 78-year-old Blatter is seeking a fifth, four-year term running football. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The countries which make up the South American football confederation have decided to support Sepp Blatter in FIFA's presidential elections, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Abandoned villa now a symbol of Boko Haram losses in former stronghold 3 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm

    A burnt pickup truck is seen in front of a building that Boko Haram insurgents used as their base before being driven out by the Chadian military in DikwaBy Madjiasra Nako DIKWA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A black and white Boko Haram flag still flutters on top of a deserted villa in the Nigerian town of Dikwa, overlooking a courtyard filled with dirty mattresses and charred vehicles.

  • Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa 3 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry.

  • Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee 3 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm

    PUCON, Chile (AP) — One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

  • SAfrica: FIFA not acting decisively on match-fixing claims 3 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm

    South Africa's Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula speaks during the formal bid presentation from the South African city of Durban to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Mansion House in London, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — The South African sports minister has accused FIFA of being "very inefficient" and not acting decisively on match-fixing investigations.

  • Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organization funding appeal 3 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official with the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Somalia, Syria and countries in the Sahel region of Africa are some of the areas requiring the greatest assistance to boost agriculture and mitigate hunger, said Dominique Bourgeon, director of FAO's emergency division. "We are trying to promote risk management, early warning systems and prevention (of food emergencies)," Bourgeon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  • African leaders urge Ebola 'Marshall Plan' 3 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm

    (L-R) Guinean President Alpha Conde, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Christos Stylianides, Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma and Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso give a press conference on March 3, 2015 in BrusselsLeaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Guinean President Alpha Conde pressed the need for recovery at an international conference in Brussels as the number of new cases slows. More than 9,700 people have died of the disease since the west African epidemic emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013, with nearly 24,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization.

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