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South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters. The regional bloc, IGAD, said the monitors had landed in Unity state Sunday, August 24, for a routine inspection mission before being arrested. Seyoum Mesfin, the [...]

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West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A young man on camera names the person who’s challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention [...]

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Uganda Free Brain Surgeries

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American neurosurgeon leaned in to take a selfie with his patient, chuckling with excitement when she raised her hands. That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the patient’s skull to remove a tumor. The operation was one of many complex, life-saving [...]

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JERUSALEM POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING US STUDENT

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a U.S. religious student who disappeared while on a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Twenty-three-year-old Aharon Sofer of Lakewood, New Jersey, was last seen Friday, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. He said the police were pursuing all avenues in their [...]

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Ebola Lather Up Challenge

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A young man on camera names the person who’s challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention [...]

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Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has    died, the country’s information minister said Monday, as a top U.N. delegation promised more help for countries battling   the virulent disease during a visit to Sierra Leone. Dr. Abraham Borbor, the deputy chief medical doctor [...]

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Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

  AIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday. The man was arrested in early August and after weeks of interrogation admitted that he is Hanafi. He had [...]

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Nigeria confirms two new Ebola cases

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday. The two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct [...]

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Botswana, a rare refuge for elephants

  CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana (AP) — No sign of an elephant in all of two minutes, a tourist teased a guide at Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to tens of thousands of elephants. A minute later, their vehicle cleared a knot of shrubs and elephants loomed ahead beside the dusty road. Such joking wouldn’t [...]

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Explosion rocks mall in Nigerian capital

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 25, and police said at least 21 people have been killed. The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country’s Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many [...]

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Freed Christian woman, family detained in Sudan

  KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan and later freed has been detained at an airport while trying to leave the country Tuesday, her lawyer said. Lawyer Eman Abdul-Rahim told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was held along with two children and her husband at the [...]

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