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Sudan’s Bashir Has ‘Successful, Minor’ Surgery

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudan’s state news agency says President Omar al-Bashir has undergone what it calls “successful, minor surgery” in Saudi Arabia. The report Tuesday did not say what type of surgery Mr. Bashir had, but said he is recovering well and will be released from the hospital in a few hours. This is the second time this […]

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Cameroon President Celebrates 30 Years in Power

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Cameroon’s President Paul Biya marks 30 years in power Tuesday — an event the ruling party is greeting with celebrations, while the opposition plans to protest. Supporters of the 79-year-old president say he has brought stability to Cameroon, a nation of 20 million with vast ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. Opponents call him a dictator […]

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Grenade Blast Causes Casualties at Kenyan Church

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern Kenya say a grenade attack on a church Sunday killed one person and wounded 13 others, some seriously. The attack in the town of Garissa took place at a church inside a police compound. Authorities say one policeman died after the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Kenyan authorities are […]

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Grenade Wounds Several at Kenyan Church

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern Kenya say a grenade attack on a church Sunday has wounded at least eight people, some seriously. The pastor of the Church in the town of Garissa is reported to be among the victims, along with several police officers. The attack took place at a church inside a police compound. There has […]

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Peacekeepers Say Sudanese Army Stopping Probe of Alleged Attack in Darfur

Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Peacekeepers in Sudan say the army is stopping them from investigating an alleged attack on civilians in Darfur. At least 10 people were reportedly killed when when a local militia opened fire Friday in the village of Sigili. U.N. and African Union peacekeepers say residents brought 10 bodies to their headquarters Saturday. But they say […]

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5 Kidnapped Aid Workers Freed in Niger, 1 Killed

Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Niger say five African aid workers who were kidnapped by suspected al-Qaida militants last month have been freed. The aid groups BEFEN and Health Alert say the workers were freed on Saturday near Niger’s border with Mali. They say a sixth worker who had been kidnapped with the group was shot during the […]

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Former Ivory Coast President Fit To Stand Trial

Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court says former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is well enough to stand trial for crimes against humanity. The court in the Hague made the decision Friday after considering the assessment of three doctors who evaluated Mr. Gbagbo’s health. ICC judges said some special measures could be taken during the trial to […]

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Kidnappers Free 7 Sailors Abducted Off Nigeria

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Kidnappers have freed seven sailors, including six Russians and an Estonian, who were abducted last month from a ship off the coast of Nigeria. French company Bourbon, which owns the ship, said Thursday the crew members are in good condition and would leave Nigeria in a few days after undergoing medical tests. The company did […]

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Two Strikers Shot Dead At South African Coal Mine

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Two workers have been shot dead by mine security at a South African coal mine where protesters gathered to demand higher wages. Police said the two were shot Wednesday, at a mine run by Forbes Coal near Dannhauser in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, after trying to break into the facility’s armory. Police spokesman Jay Naicker said […]

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Mining Unrest Drives Up South African Trade Deficit

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s trade deficit rose sharply in September, mainly due to labor unrest that cut mining production. The government said Wednesday that the deficit jumped from August to $1.6 billion. Total exports fell nearly eight percent, as exports of base metals, minerals, and precious and semi-precious stones all dropped. Mining is one of the most […]

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