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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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Military leader becomes Burkina Faso prime minster

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The military colonel who briefly seized control of Burkina Faso after the longtime president stepped down was chosen Wednesday to serve as prime minister, casting doubt that the army will stay out of politics as demanded by the international community. The selection of Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida on [...]

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Burkina Faso: Transitional president inaugurated

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A former U.N. ambassador was sworn in as Burkina Faso’s transitional president Tuesday, tasked with organizing elections after the military briefly took power when the country’s leader of nearly three decades was forced into exile. Michel Kafando, 72, had been chosen a day earlier to lead Burkina Faso for [...]

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Survivors of female genital mutilation

  SIDFA, Egypt (AP) — In this ancient village in southern Egypt on the banks of the Nile, some women are now speaking out about a long-standing tradition once never discussed. Female genital mutilation is rampant in Egypt, with an estimated 90 percent of women in the country having undergone the forceful procedure — misguidedly [...]

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Number of foreign students in US hits record high

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of foreign exchange students studying at U.S. colleges and universities is at a record high, with nearly one-third coming from China. A report by the Institute of International Education, in partnership with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, said nearly 900,000 international students were studying in the U.S. during [...]

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