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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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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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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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Algerian police make rare protest in capital

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of Algeria’s policemen set to be deployed to a riot-torn southern city staged a protest march through the capital on Tuesday. The country’s police have not been known to demonstrate before and the unprecedented march comes at a delicate time for this key U.S. ally in the war against [...]

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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 other [...]

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Alicia Keys holds protest for lost Nigerian girls

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April. Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, [...]

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Kenyan president appeals for case to be dropped

  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers for Kenya’s president on Wednesday asked judges at the International Criminal Court to drop the crimes-against-humanity case against him — and acquit him — saying the prosecution has collapsed and cannot be resurrected. Prosecutors have acknowledged that they do not currently have enough evidence to prosecute Uhuru Kenyatta [...]

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Spain places husband of Ebola nurse in quarantine

  MADRID (AP) — Spain has placed in quarantine the husband of a Spanish nurse who has tested positive for the Ebola virus in the first known transmission outside West Africa. Public Health Director Mercedes Vinuesa told Parliament on Tuesday that authorities were drawing up a list of other people who may have had contact [...]

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Morocco mulls legal pot growing, breaking taboo

  KETTAMA, Morocco (AP) — Abdelkhalek Benabdallah strode among towering marijuana plants and checked the buds for the telltale spots of white, indicating they are ready for harvest. By September much of the crop has been picked and left to dry on the roofs of the stone-and-wood huts that dot the Rif valley, the heart [...]

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South Africa appoints a new reserve bank governor

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has named a new reserve bank governor. Lesetja Kganyago, who was educated at the London School of Economics and the University of London, will become the country’s third governor since 1994. Local financial analysts have welcomed his appointment, which was announced Monday by President Jacob Zuma. The markets responded [...]

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US military to put up tent at Liberia Ebola clinic

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Poor infrastructure, difficulties with equipment and torrential rains have slowed work for the U.S. military’s initial response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but it is now ready to start erecting the main tent for a field hospital in Liberia. Lt. Col. Jason Brown, who was at the [...]

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