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More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic (AP) — There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten. These old men, their eyes clouded by cataracts [...]

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With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients. A higher proportion of health workers has been infected in this outbreak than in any previous one. [...]

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Pistorius: How the verdict will be delivered

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will not be delivered so simply. Judge Thokozile Masipa will first recount and analyze the evidence given by each of the nearly 40 witnesses in the criminal case that captured considerable international attention. The verdict on whether Pistorius intentionally [...]

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People flee advancing Islamic militants in Nigeria

  YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Residents who feared for their lives and fled from Nigeria on Tuesday said that Boko Haram fighters are patrolling 50 kilometers (32 miles) of road between two of several towns the Islamic extremists have seized alongside northeast Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. Mubi, the town residents left, was a center for [...]

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Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

  CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there. The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn’t seen a new case for [...]

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Dalai Lama again refused South Africa visa, no trip

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Dalai Lama has again been refused entry into South Africa where he was going to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, his South African representative said. Concern about angering China has been cited for a visa refusal in the past. Nangsa Choedon, the representative, said officials from [...]

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US to provide $75M to expand Ebola care centers

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The American aid agency announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. West Africa’s struggling health systems have buckled under the pressure of an Ebola outbreak that has already killed [...]

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Lesotho prime minister escorted back home

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police escorted Lesotho’s prime minister back to his home in the capital of the mountainous kingdom after military actions saw him to flee to South Africa over the weekend, a police official said Wednesday. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane arrived safely at his home in Maseru, said Assistant Police Commissioner [...]

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UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

  GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine. Ebola has menaced Africa for [...]

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UN: 4 peacekeepers killed in north Mali, 15 hurt

  BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded when their convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a spokesman said. The group of Chadian peacekeepers was returning from the embattled town of Kidal when they struck a mine about 20 miles (30 kilometers) outside the city, [...]

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US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir apparent. If he has been killed, it [...]

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