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  • Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

    By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at…

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  • Korda, Pace share lead in Blue Bay LPGA

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) — American Jessica Korda rebounded from an opening double bogey for a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the Blue Bay LPGA.

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  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

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  • Olesen leads Perth International 3rd round lead

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen's bunker shots and putting helped him grind out a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the Perth International golf tournament by three strokes after the third round.

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  • Waratahs inspire ball-in-hand Golden Lions for Currie Cup final

    Golden Lions will draw inspiration from Super 15 champions New South Wales Waratahs when they face Western Province Saturday in the South African Currie Cup final. Johannesburg-based Lions mirror the style of the Australians, scoring 50 tries in 11 matches en route to the final at Newlands…

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  • WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

    Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola…

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  • WHO: Mali case put many at risk for Ebola

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday.

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  • Britain, Sweden donate to struggling UN Ebola Fund

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - New pledges of financial aid to a UN Ebola fund have reached $118 million with Britain and Sweden offering sizeable contributions after UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more money.

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  • UN clamps down on Somalia Shebab 'lifeline'

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Friday authorized ship inspections off Somalia's coast to clamp down on the charcoal trade providing a lifeline to Shebab Islamists.

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  • Ex-world 800m champion Mulaudzi dies in car crash - Zuma

    Former world 800-metre champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died Friday aged 34 in a car crash on his way to a Johannesburg athletics meeting, President Jacob Zuma said in a statement. "The nation has lost a true hero and one of our most disciplined and talented athletes, who flew the South African flag…

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  • Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola

    Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave the hospital and meet President Barack Obama for a hug. The good news for the nurses, who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas, came as the city of New York was dealing with its…

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  • Serowe: Unassuming hometown of Botswana presidents

    Tucked away in the sparse savanna of central Botswana, the town of Serowe is off the radar for most travellers despite being the home town of three of the country's four presidents. It's the birthplace of Khama's father, the southern African country's founding president Seretse Khama, as well as…

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  • Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

    David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The prime minister hijacked a meeting that was meant to be focused on Europe's stalling economy, saying the…

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  • Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in

    Calais (France) (AFP) - "Fed up", an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough.

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  • WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.

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  • U.N. authorizes ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move. The…

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  • South African police fire rubber bullets at Diamondcorp strikers

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police fired rubber bullets on Friday to disperse workers at a mine operated by London-listed DiamondCorp and said members of the hardline AMCU union were involved in the protest. Police spokesman Stephen Thakeng said four of the workers from the Association…

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