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  • Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

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  • Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace after gunbattle

    Pope Francis urged the international community to "prevent violence" in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday message after pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the country reported four people killed in a gunbattle. "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine," the…

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  • Rwanda Hutu rebels condemn 'terror plot' arrests

    Rwandan Hutu rebels exiled in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the arrest of a group accused of plotting a grenade attack against the government in Kigali. Police in Rwanda arrested three men last Monday -- well-known musician Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien…

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  • Hackers of Oman news agency target Bouteflika

    Hackers on Sunday targeted the website of Oman's official news agency, singling out and mocking Algeria's newly re-elected president Abdelaziz Bouteflika as a handicapped "dictator". Oman News Agency said its website had been hacked and that "false" reports were posted on the site. The hackers…

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  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

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  • C.Africa on the 'brink of genocide', warns Tutu

    Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was "on the brink of genocide", as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and "re-learn to live together". "Over the past 13 months, the nation's seemingly incessant struggles for political power and…

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  • Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election.

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  • Westwood wins Malaysian Open

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

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  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

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  • On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war…

    Reuters
  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine

    Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - West Africa's first outbreak of Ebola fever is bad news for gourmets in Ivory Coast, but brings respite from the hunter to species sought out for tasty meat but feared to carry the disease. Hunters and restaurant owners in the central Ivorian town of Bouake are upset…

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  • Carlyle launches sub-Saharan Africa fund

    Carlyle this week became one of the first major private equity players to launch a dedicated sub-Saharan Africa fund, underscoring the growing investor interest in the continent's growing middle class. The US-listed alternative investment manager has raised $698 million (505 million euros) --…

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  • Quigg stops Munyai to keep WBA super-bantam title

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Scott Quigg of Britain retained his WBA super-bantamweight title by stopping substitute Tshifhiwa Munyai of South Africa in the second round on Saturday.

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  • Crusaders continue mid-season charge

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seven-time champions the Crusaders continued their mid-season revival in Super Rugby with an 18-17 win over the Chiefs to lift themselves into the playoffs zone and to second place in the New Zealand conference.

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  • Trescothick ready to help Trott

    Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has said he is willing to help Jonathan Trott in his struggle with a stress-related illness after a similar condition ended his international career. Trott, who made a brief comeback after returning home following England's opening loss in a 5-0 Ashes…

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  • Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

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  • Syria rivalry sharply splits jihadist ranks

    Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad. And while senior leaders of Al-Qaeda were all but above question under…

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  • Young Algerians say Bouteflika win dashes hopes for change

    A day after Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term, many young people in the oil-rich nation wonder if the next generation will ever have a chance to rule. Results announced on Friday by Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz showed that Bouteflika, 77, won 81.53 percent of the…

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  • Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital

    Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists. The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters…

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  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

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