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  • Plans to move up to 1,000 from French migrant camp

    Local French government authorities said Friday they want to move up to 1,000 migrants living in the notorious "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais. The presence of thousands of migrants in the camp who are desperately trying to reach Britain has become a political hot potato both within…

    AFP18 mins ago
  • FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

    GENEVA (AP) — Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.

    Associated Press22 mins ago
  • FIFA court bans Valcke for 12 years over misconduct

    A FIFA tribunal on Friday banned former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years for misconduct ranging from helping a World Cup ticket scam to fixing a television deal and destroying evidence. The former right hand man to FIFA's scandal tainted president Sepp Blatter was also fined 100,000…

    AFP26 mins ago
  • Top Asian News 3:56 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday. The new tough stance follows…

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • France to evict almost 1,000 migrants from 'jungle' near Calais

    France plans to close part of a camp for migrants near Calais on its northern Channel coast within a week, forcing almost 1,000 people to leave, officials said on Friday. Thousands of people fleeing poverty and war have converged at a camp near Calais called the "jungle" over the past year in…

    Reuters
  • Root century rescues England in fourth ODI against South Africa

    Joe Root hit his second successive century as England recovered from a top order batting collapse in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Root made 109 in an England total of 262 after they were sent in to bat on what is normally a high-scoring…

    AFP
  • Italy makes one change for 6 Nations match against England

    ROME (AP) — Italy made just one change to the starting lineup facing England in the Six Nations, bringing in 76-cap fullback Luke McLean for the injured David Odiete on Friday.

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  • C. African Republic sapped by decades of strife and misrule

    Volatile Central African Republic, which votes for a new president and parliament Sunday, is rich in natural resources but mired in biting poverty largely due to chronic unrest. The most recent unrest came after longtime president Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown in March 2013 by…

    AFP
  • Tanzanians jailed for British wildlife pilot murder

    Four Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday. Roger Gower, 37, died when suspected poachers gunned down his helicopter during a patrol of the Maswa Game Reserve in…

    AFP
  • Heralding Schengen suspension, EU gives Greece three months to fix borders

    By Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union took a step on Friday toward allowing for a two-year suspension of its prized free-travel Schengen zone to boost controls of the flows of people, acknowledging there is no quick fix in sight to the migration…

    Reuters
  • World Baseball Classic qualifying: Aussies 4, South Africa 1

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia scored three first-inning runs on five hits — including four consecutive hits to start the game — and defeated South Africa 4-1 on Friday to advance to the final of the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.

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  • Central Africa: from 2013 coup to key polls

    Here is a snapshot of events since a March 2013 coup in Central African Republic, which holds presidential and parliamentary elections Sunday. On March 24, rebels from the Muslim-dominated Seleka coalition seize the presidential palace in the capital Bangui. Francois Bozize, who has been in power…

    AFP
  • Banker battles prof for Central Africa presidency

    Both candidates in Sunday's presidential run-off in the volatile Central African Republic tout their track records in cleaning up the country's murky public finances and seek to reassure voters battered by years of violence. The race between Anicet Georges Dologuele and Faustin Archange Touadera,…

    AFP
  • Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries: government

    Rwanda is to relocate refugees from Burundi to other countries, the government said Friday, amid accusations Kigali was meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbour. "The government of Rwanda... will immediately begin working with partners in the international community to plan the orderly…

    AFP
  • South Africa revives 'extinct' zebra subspecies

    In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century. The animals roaming over a wide plain encased by jagged mountain ranges look like quaggas, a subspecies of the plains zebra -- but…

    AFP
  • France consulting on new UN resolution on Burundi violence

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France is consulting U.N. Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi and Britain says it could include "a policing element."

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  • FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis

    The five FIFA presidential candidates meet in Miami on Friday with the election's most inscrutable voters who are deep in their own leadership race amid a financial crisis.

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