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  • Kerry in Nigeria to urge non-violence before presidential vote

    By Warren Strobel LAGOS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to urge its rival political camps to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election, amid concerns that post-poll violence could undermine the fight against Boko Haram militants. Boko Haram…

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  • Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to encourage the main candidates in Nigeria's upcoming presidential vote to accept the results without the threat of postelection violence.

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  • Zambia: Ruling party candidate wins presidential election

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Edgar Lungu was inaugurated as Zambia's new president Sunday.

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  • South Africa shaken by anti-immigrant riots

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities have re-established order — for now — in Soweto and other Johannesburg townships, after a week of looting of foreign-owned shops and violence in which four people were killed.

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  • Uganda seizes massive ivory and pangolin haul

    Ugandan wildlife officers have seized a huge haul of elephant ivory and pangolin scales, representing the deaths of hundreds of endangered animals, police said Sunday. Over 700 kilograms of ivory -- worth almost $1.5 million on the black market -- and over two tonnes of pangolin skins were…

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  • Boko Haram launches new Nigeria attacks as Kerry jets in

    Nigeria's military fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence. At the same time, Islamist fighters attacked Monguno, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from the…

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  • Windies field against South Africa in fourth ODI

    Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - The West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

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  • Defence Minister Lungu wins Zambia's disputed presidential race

    Zambia's defence minister Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front, has narrowly won the country's presidential race, the electoral commission announced after an election marred by delays. Lungu won 48.33 percent of the vote, beating his rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National…

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  • Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

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  • Miller century lifts S. Africa in fourth Windies ODI

    David Miller hit his first international century to enable South Africa to recover from a poor start after being sent in to bat in the fourth one-day international against the West Indies at St George's Park on Sunday. The left-handed Miller made 130 not out in a total of 262 for eight in Port…

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  • Wales prop Adam Jones retires from internationals

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Adam Jones, who propped 95 times for Wales and five tests for the British and Irish Lions, retired from international rugby on Saturday.

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  • Renard toils to get best out of Toure and Ivory Coast

    An inability to get the best out of Yaya Toure has contributed to leaving the Africa Cup of Nations hopes of Herve Renard's Ivory Coast in the balance with one crucial group game to come. The Elephants have twice had to come from behind to draw matches in Equatorial Guinea, with substitute…

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  • Cup of Nations quick on the draw

    The Ivory Coast again needed a late Max-Alain Gradel goal just to earn a draw at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, while Cameroon were held by Guinea in the tightest group in the competition. The Ivorians drew 1-1 with Mali before Cameroon and Guinea drew by the same scoreline in Malabo in…

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  • Wales's Adam Jones retires from Test rugby

    Wales and British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones has announced his retirement from international rugby union, in an interview published with Britain's Sunday Times. The 33-year-old prop made 100 Test appearances in total, 95 for Wales and five for the Lions, and played in three Grand Slam-winning…

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  • Lungu narrowly wins Zambia presidential vote, opposition cries foul

    By Chris Mfula LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in this week's presidential poll, results showed on Saturday, defeating his closest rival who said the election had been "stolen". The ballot was triggered by the death last October of the…

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  • Davos hails Rwanda's pursuit of gender equality

    Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty. The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives,…

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  • British Ebola nurse discharged from hospital

    A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone said she was "happy to be alive" as she was discharged from hospital on Saturday having made a full recovery. Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed in Glasgow on December 29 before being transferred to…

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