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Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco’s south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding [...]

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Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country’s president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never has been and never will be any government plan [...]

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Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds

  KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The demolitions began in 2009 near a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province and were [...]

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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. “We’ve set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you [...]

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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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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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Doctor hesitates, then returns to Ebola front line

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Returning last month to Sierra Leone to treat Ebola victims after a break, volunteer doctor Juli Switala was shocked to see the obituaries and photographs of colleagues who had died of the disease in her absence, pinned to a board in the treatment center. “That was quite terrible, to realize that [...]

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Surgeon with Ebola coming to US for care

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said. Dr. Martin Salia was to be taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, Sierra [...]

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South Africa police oust lawmaker from parliament

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s political factions criticized each other on Friday after scuffles and angry speeches in parliament ended with police entering the chamber and removing one opposition member. The ruling party, the African National Congress, described the National Assembly as a “chaotic circus” following Thursday’s uproar. The opposition said the ruling camp [...]

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