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  • Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How…

    Associated Press42 mins ago
  • Justice elusive for Syria chemical attack victims: HRW

    Human Rights Watch Thursday said that hundreds of victims of a chemical weapons attack in Syria remained without justice one year on, days after Damascus's stockpile was completely destroyed. The report came as a monitor said Syria's three-year war has now killed more than 180,000 people, and as…

    AFP
  • Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    BEIRUT (AP) — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.

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  • A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years:

    Associated Press
  • De Kock leads S. Africa to series sweep against Zimbabwe

    Quinton de Kock's quickfire 84 lead South Africa to a crushing 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe as they won the third one-day international by seven wickets on Thursday. De Kock wasted little time in his 75-ball innings and was aided by 40 off 33 balls by stand-in captain Faf du Plessis as the…

    AFP
  • Riot police deployed over S.Africa parliament chaos

    Riot police were deployed to South Africa's parliament as it collapsed into chaos on Thursday with a group of radical lawmakers yelling at President Jacob Zuma: "Pay back the money". The unprecedented upheaval came as Zuma was grilled over the $24 million (18 million euros) of taxpayers money…

    AFP
  • Boko Haram takes over another Nigeria town

    Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region and an indication of the group's increasing territorial ambitions. The insurgents have tended to use hit-and-run attacks in the past but the recent seizure of towns…

    AFP
  • 'Ambiguous warfare' providing NATO with new challenge

    By Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different to those of the latter half of the 20th century.     The West then was…

    Reuters
  • SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home.

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  • S.Africa bans travellers from Ebola-hit nations

    Pretoria (AFP) - South Africa on Thursday issued a ban on non-citizens travelling from three west African countries worst affected by Ebola.

    AFP
  • Amnesty criticises detention of child soldiers in Mali

    Minors suspected of working as child soldiers for rebel groups in Mali are being left to languish in adult prisons in violation of their human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The rights group said that since Mali descended into crisis in January 2012 a number of children had been…

    AFP
  • South Africa: man dead after orange pelting

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges, police said Thursday.

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  • UN Ebola czar visits west Africa after violent clashes

    The UN's new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in west Africa on Thursday for a visit aimed at shoring up health services in the region where at least 1,350 lives have been lost to the virus. David Nabarro, a British physician appointed last week by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, said he would focus…

    AFP
  • European soccer clubs opening US academies

    MIAMI (AP) — As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.

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  • Botswana police say no 'foul play' in opposition leader's death

    A Botswana police investigation has found the death of an opposition leader just months before a general election to be an accident, a claim angrily rejected by his party. Police Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe late Wednesday ruled out foul play in the death of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)…

    AFP
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  • Argentina changes 2 for Springboks rematch

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina made two changes to its starting 15 on Wednesday for the Rugby Championship rematch against South Africa in Salta this weekend.

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