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  • Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis

    Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's growing refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on…

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  • 13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN

    More than 13 million children are being denied an education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they cannot return to classrooms. In a report on the impact of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the…

    AFP
  • Nigeria seeks joint efforts on security in Gulf of Guinea

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday urged members of the minerals-rich Gulf of Guinea to work together to curb piracy and insecurity in the region, his office said. Pirates have been taking advantage of poor of security in the Gulf to cause incalculable damage to local countries,…

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  • Migrant child's body on beach shocks Europe

    A photograph of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach after a migrant boat sank swept across Europe on Wednesday, in a poignant image of the refugee crisis. The images showed the little boy lying face down in the sand near Bodrum, one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts, before…

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  • Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains for 2nd day

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from traveling deeper into Europe.

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  • Mali river boat accident kills at least 18

    At least 18 people died when a pirogue carrying passengers on the River Niger in central Mali capsized on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the country's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. There were four missing and 70 survivors from the accident that took place around 5…

    Reuters
  • S.Africa vows Commonwealth Games will "heal wounds"

    South Africa on Wednesday promised to deliver a world-class event when the city of Durban hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games, saying the occasion would help the country overcome its turbulent past. Both the 1995 rugby World Cup and the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa are seen as milestones…

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  • Hundreds of migrants on tracks at Calais block trains to UK

    By John Pullman and Pierre Savary CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, a police source said on Wednesday, stranding thousands of passengers aboard Eurostar trains for hours. The…

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  • South Africa jails Mozambican rhino poachers

    South Africa has jailed two Mozambicans for 11 years for rhino poaching, police said Wednesday, as latest tallies revealed slaughter of the iconic animals climbing to a new high. A court in the eastern province of Mpumalanga found Phinias Sithole, 23, and France Nkuna, 22, guilty of trespassing in…

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  • Samoan stalwart Thompson suspended for World Cup opener

    Veteran Samoan lock Kane Thompson will miss his country's opening game of the upcoming rugby union World Cup against the United States after receiving a two-match ban for punching an opponent, the governing body World Rugby announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old New Zealand-born second row, set…

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  • Trial of Congolese rebel opens with gruesome images

    Harrowing pictures of bodies littering a banana plantation Wednesday marked the start of the trial of warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of running a campaign of terror in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Nicknamed "The Terminator," Ntaganda denied 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against…

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  • Plaintiffs drop race case against Springboks

    South African plaintiffs on Wednesday dropped a legal attempt to stop the Springboks from playing in the Rugby World Cup in a dispute over a lack of black players in the squad. More than 20 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa's fraught race relations have been highlighted by anger over…

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  • Ex-president's backers in power struggle before Ivory Coast polls

    By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Two years ago, Pascal Affi N'Guessan was in jail after backing the losing side in Ivory Coast's civil war. While N'Guessan appears likely to lose in October, the fact that the former prime minister is even contesting the election for the main opposition Ivorian…

    Reuters
  • Balkan migrants take desperate steps to 'prove' asylum claim

    With Europe struggling with a record influx of refugees, would-be migrants from the Balkans are taking desperate measures to 'prove' their lives are threatened in the hope of securing a successful asylum claim. Since January, more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made their way to Europe's…

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  • Sudanese poachers kill elephants amid Central Africa chaos: UN experts

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudanese poachers have been taking advantage of the chaos in conflict-torn Central African Republic and are killing elephants for their ivory and other wild animals, an expert panel that monitors U.N. sanctions said in a confidential report seen by…

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  • Boat with 40 African migrants arrives on Spanish island

    The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but their numbers fell after Spain increased patrolling. Europe is in crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and economic migrants escaping…

    Reuters
  • Ex-Nigeria player latest African hoping to succeed Blatter

    The men from Africa who say they want to be FIFA president may all be little-known and have only a remote chance of securing football's most important job, but the continent will still play a big role in who succeeds Sepp Blatter.

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