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Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco’s south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding [...]

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Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country’s president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never has been and never will be any government plan [...]

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Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds

  KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The demolitions began in 2009 near a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province and were [...]

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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. “We’ve set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you [...]

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Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor’s death

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease. At least five people now have died from Ebola after coming into contact with a 70-year-old [...]

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Zimbabwe VP denies plot to kill Mugabe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s vice president has denied reports that she is planning to assassinate President Robert Mugabe and said she is ready to defend herself in court if necessary. Vice President Joice Mujuru made the remarks in a statement Sunday night following a report in The Sunday Mail, a state-run newspaper, [...]

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Kenya women march for right to wear mini-skirts

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The grainy mobile phone video shows a mob of Kenyan men surround a woman and grab, grasp and yank her clothes until she is naked. Several such videos have emerged recently of attacks by males who deem a woman to be provocatively dressed. The attacks have created a groundswell of [...]

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Liberian couples marry, a sign of less Ebola fear

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Robert Kollie and his fiancee postponed their October wedding as Ebola ravaged Liberia’s capital. The government had warned people to avoid large gatherings. Weddings are full of kissing and hugging and just one unknowingly sick person could infect dozens. A month later, even as Ebola continues to ravage parts of [...]

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South Africa: Call to drop newlywed killing charge

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The lawyer for a British businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa says he will call for the case to be dismissed on Wednesday, November 18. Shrien Dewani’s lawyer, Francois van Zyl, said he plans to file an application to a Cape Town [...]

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Zambia to elect new president on Jan. 20

  LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia will hold elections on Jan. 20 to choose a successor to President Michael Sata who died last month, the interim president has announced. The election is according to the southern African nation’s constitution, which calls for polls within 90 days of a president’s death, said Guy Scott. Defense Minister [...]

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Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation

  MANSHIET EL-IKHWA, Egypt (AP) — Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure. And in this Nile Delta Village, he has plenty of patients. Young girls and their families on a [...]

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