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Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing the disease to that country for the first time in an outbreak that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person, a university student from Guinea, sought treatment [...]

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SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Two other suspects were acquitted for the shooting in 2010 that injured Gen. [...]

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Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak. The new law, passed Friday, imposes prison terms of up to [...]

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Torture common in East Africa, Congo

  NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) — Despite progress in five East African countries and Congo in ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent as governments are reluctant to draft and implement local laws, human rights experts said Tuesday. Successful prosecutions of perpetrators of torture, who are mostly state agents, are [...]

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South African court orders release of tapes

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader since before he took office. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the [...]

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Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,5000 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a university student from Guinea who sought [...]

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Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival [...]

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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, [...]

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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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