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Ebola: Africa’s image takes a hit

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of Ebola. The disease has [...]

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EU seeking to create $1.27 billion Ebola fund

  LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations are working to reach 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid by the end of the week to fight Ebola in West Africa and are seeking a common approach to the crisis. EU foreign ministers began a week of talks Monday so their 28 leaders can agree by [...]

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Prosecutor wants 10 years in prison for Pistorius

  PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The devastating hollow-point bullets fired by Oscar Pistorius from his powerful handgun “ripped” through Reeva Steenkamp’s body, the chief prosecutor said Friday at the end of the athlete’s sentencing hearing, urging a judge to send him to prison for at least 10 years. “When I think about that, it [...]

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Rebels kill 30 people in East Congo, official says

  KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rebels crept into houses and attacked civilians, killing at least 30 people around the town of Beni in eastern Congo, a local mayor said Thursday. Members of the Allied Defense Forces attacked late Wednesday near the town which is about 400 kilometers from the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma, [...]

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Ebola comes to last safe district in Sierra Leone

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the government said Thursday, a setback in efforts to stop the spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries. The Emergency Operations Center in its report covering Wednesday announced [...]

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Soldiers end protest by Algerian police

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Soldiers ended a demonstration by Algerian police on Thursday that was held for three days near the presidential palace to protest violence against security forces in the south. About 50 soldiers ordered the police to end the demonstration and put them on buses that left the scene. The unprecedented protest [...]

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Violence flares in C. African Republic capital

  BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Violence flared anew in Central African Republic’s capital with four civilians killed in a late night attack by militia and an attack Wednesday on a U.N. peacekeeping convoy. An additional four were wounded when Cameroonian peacekeepers were fired on by the Christian anti-Balaka militia who are pressing for [...]

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Strong explosion hits Cairo, leaving 12 injured

  CAIRO (AP) — A strong blast hit a busy district in central Cairo on Tuesday night, leaving 12 injured, Egypt’s official news agency reported, as a court sentenced seven Islamic militants to death over earlier terror attacks. MENA quoted a senior security official as saying that the explosion was caused by a home-made bomb [...]

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Mozambique elections: Voting begins peacefully

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Voting in Mozambique’s national election began peacefully Wednesday. The election comes just months after a peace accord between the ruling Frelimo party and the opposition, Renamo, ended nearly two years of sporadic fighting in the north of the country. The two political parties were once guerrilla movements, fighting each [...]

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Steenkamp’s cousin testifies at Pistorius hearing

  PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin sobbed while testifying Wednesday how she first heard on a car radio that Oscar Pistorius had shot and killed his girlfriend. Kim Martin said she had “hoped to God” that Pistorius was cheating on her cousin and that the woman he had shot was not Reeva. [...]

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Sierra Leone soldier with Ebola is not peacekeeper

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone soldier has tested positive for Ebola but he is not a member of, and had no contact with, a battalion of peacekeepers waiting to deploy to Somalia, a government spokesman said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Liberia’s transport minister said she was voluntarily isolating herself inside her home after [...]

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