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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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Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

  MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Days after Nigeria’s military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram still is fighting and there is no word on the fate of 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but [...]

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Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola

  HAVANA (AP) — Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor. On Tuesday, the intensive care specialist was headed to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic along with [...]

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Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. Forty-nine confirmed [...]

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Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

  STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege who campaigns against sexual violence targeting women in war. At Tuesday’s plenary session, the legislature made the unanimous decision to pick Mukwege for the Sakharov Prize. Mukwege, 59, set up the Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo’s [...]

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Pistorius sentencing: What it means

  PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world’s most recognizable athletes? Here’s what Pistorius’ five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide in Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting [...]

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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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