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Nigeria sent $9.3 million cash for arms in SAfrica

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Nigerian watchdog group Friday demanded an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project petitioned the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force “to investigate admission by the government of Nigeria that it hired a private [...]

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Guinea: 8 people killed on Ebola awareness trip

  CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s government says eight people who were abducted by angry residents while on an Ebola awareness campaign have been found dead. In a government statement released Friday, authorities said that eight bodies had been found following the violent kidnappings in Womey in rural southern Guinea. Among the dead are several [...]

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Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali

  BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force. A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosive north of Aguel’hoc, which is near the embattled city of Kidal, [...]

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Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday. Most of those detained are denied access to the outside world and even to visits from family or [...]

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Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. Authorities hope to find and isolate Ebola patients who [...]

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Nigeria: Church obstructed rescue, lives lost

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Church officials prevented rescuers from extricating victims at the site of a six-story building collapse, leading to a loss of lives, Nigeria’s emergency agency said Friday. Most victims were South African, according to the South African government, which said at least 67 South Africans died and 17 appear to be missing [...]

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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — In a desperate bid to slow West Africa’s accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding. At an emergency meeting, meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council unanimously called [...]

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Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president called Wednesday on the world to do more to end a spiraling Ebola outbreak, saying “Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone.” President Barrack Obama announced Tuesday that he will order 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to help contain the dreaded disease, which has killed at least 2,400 people. [...]

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Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being [...]

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67 South Africans dead in Nigeria building

  LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in the collapse of a building in Nigeria last week rose on Tuesday when the South African president said 67 South Africans died and dozens were injured in the accident. Separately, a Nigerian official said 63 bodies had been recovered at the site of the disaster in [...]

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Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

  GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a “human catastrophe.” Even as President Barack Obama is ordering the deployment of 3,000 [...]

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