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  • Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian.

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  • Yemen struggles to import food as coalition navies hold up more ships

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Yemen is facing mounting problems bringing in food by sea as the danger from fighting between Houthis and government supporters is exacerbated by an arms blockade by Saudi-led coalition navies searching ships for weapons destined for the rebels. The Arabian…

  • Zuma hits back at other African states over anti-immigrant violence

    President Jacob Zuma on Monday hit out at other African countries after South Africa faced a backlash over the wave of anti-foreigner attacks in the country. While Zuma condemned the violence, saying immigrants contributed to the South African economy, he also questioned why so many had flocked to…

  • UN chief, Italy PM, EU's Mogherini visit navy ship in 'sea of misery'

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the Mediterranean had become "a sea of tears" as he joined Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini aboard a navy ship Monday to highlight the plight of migrants risking their lives to reach Europe. The symbolic visit to Italy's…

  • Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday to meet with its new president, Maithripala Sirisena, the State Department said, following years of strained relations between Washington and the country's previous government. Sirisena took power in January after defeating…

  • Sicilian court convicts 20 Somalis of migrant-trafficking

    MILAN (AP) — A court in Sicily on Monday convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling.

    Associated Press
  • Phone-packed Africa leads way in take-up of mobile banking

    Services allowing consumers to perform banking and payment operations on their mobile phones are surging in sub-Saharan Africa, blazing a trail for the rest of the slower-moving world to follow. Given that relatively few Africans have traditional bank accounts while most now own a mobile phone, it…

  • Cash handoffs, extortion fuel Mediterranean trafficking

    PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden.

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  • Sanctions on Russia should be tied to fulfilling Minsk deal: Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday international sanctions imposed on Russia should depend on whether peacekeeping committments signed this year in Minsk are upheld. "During the European Council (meeting) in March we took an unambiguous decision that the sanctions were related to…

  • SAfrica: Charity, solidarity arise in anti-foreigner attacks

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Recent attacks on immigrants and their businesses in some parts of South Africa revealed anger over limited economic opportunities and a degree of intolerance, but they also gave rise to charity and solidarity.

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  • Global warming to blame for most heat extremes - study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming is to blame for most extreme hot days and almost a fifth of heavy downpours, according to a scientific study on Monday that gives new evidence of how rising man-made greenhouse gases are skewing the weather. "Already today 75 percent of the…

  • Hunger and death stalk millions in Yemen's war

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Noah Browning ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Hospitals bereft of electricity, homes crushed by air strikes, thousands on the move in search of water, shelter and food: Yemen's humanitarian plight, long fragile, has become disastrous after a month of all-out war. Crammed with…

  • Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.

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  • Serbia arrests 15 suspected migrant traffickers

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have arrested 15 people suspected of trafficking more than 200 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan toward the European Union.

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  • Thai customs make new three-tonne ivory seizure

    More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week. The discovery, which would be worth millions of dollars on the black market, was destined for Laos…

  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.

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  • Ten people drown as canoe capsizes in Mali: police

    Ten people drowned on Sunday after their canoe capsized in Mali, a police source told AFP, the first major river accident in the impoverished west African nation in 18 months. The source said the dugout canoe appeared to have encountered difficulties after being hit by "a violent wind" on the…