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No flak jacket: UN’s Ban Ki-moon lands in Somalia

  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made his second trip to Somalia’s capital on Wednesday, walking around the seaside airport complex in a dark business suit. Ban’s fashion choices are not typically newsworthy but are significant in Mogadishu: On his trip in 2011, he wore a U.N.-branded bullet-proof vest. The fact that [...]

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Obama praising doctors fighting Ebola in Africa

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is surrounding himself with health care workers battling Ebola in Africa to showcase what he calls their “incredible heroism.” Amid debate over how returning health care workers should be monitored, Obama plans to make remarks from the White House Wednesday afternoon with those who have been to Africa [...]

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Algeria police protests sign of deep divisions

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of protesters thronged the grounds of the presidential palace recently, demanding a better life. Algeria has seen many demonstrations like this one in its tumultuous modern history, but this time something was different: The marchers were the police usually in charge of crowd control. The unprecedented demonstrations by Algerian [...]

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Rally protests another term for Burkina Faso prez

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Police used tear gas on Tuesday to disperse an opposition protest in Burkina Faso’s capital, as tensions increase ahead of a vote this week on whether the country’s longtime president can seek another term. Thousands of people who say President Blaise Compaore has been in power long enough rallied [...]

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Top UN Ebola official: new cases poorly tracked

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, deadly outbreak, the U.N.’s top Ebola official in West Africa said Tuesday. “The challenge is good [...]

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Prosecutors say will appeal Pistorius verdict

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they will file appeal papers in the next few days against the verdict and sentencing in the case of Oscar Pistorius, who was given a five-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend. The National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to appeal could see the [...]

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International community ramps up Africa Ebola aid

  ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — German Capt. Mattias Reichenbach has loaded protective gear, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and other cargo onto his C-160 military plane and he’s ready to take off on his third mission from the United Nations’ main staging area in Ghana in a war that has claimed thousands of lives in three [...]

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American official: US will fight Ebola long-term

  CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The United States will help fight Ebola over “the long haul,” the American ambassador to the United Nations said on a trip to the West African countries hit by the outbreak. Samantha Power will be in Sierra Leone on Monday. She met Sunday with religious leaders in Guinea, where the [...]

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Pistorius prosecutors consult expert over appeal

  STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius could still face a murder conviction and 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend as prosecutors said Friday they had consulted a South African criminal law expert over an appeal. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has talked to Prof. James Grant, a criminal law specialist at Johannesburg’s [...]

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Botswana votes as president seeks second term

  GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — People in Botswana voted Friday in schools, churches and military tents in an election in which the ruling party faces growing opposition to its decades-old dominance in the southern African nation. Long lines of voters waited to cast their ballots. They were barred from wearing clothing with party symbols or [...]

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Police brutality claims shadow Tunisia elections

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — When Mohammed Ali Snoussi was arrested last month in Tunis, witnesses say, police beat him with truncheons, stripped him naked and threatened to rape him in broad daylight. The Interior Ministry said Snoussi was wanted for drug possession, trafficking and assaulting police. He lasted six days in police detention cells, [...]

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