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  • Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lesotho's military seized and disarmed two police stations in the mountainous kingdom Saturday in an effort to secure the country, the defense force spokesman said.

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  • Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Crowds celebrated in the streets of Liberia's capital on Saturday after authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people had been barricaded for more than a week to contain the country's Ebola outbreak.

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  • Swedish rally driver Waldegard dies, at age 70

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Automobile Sports Federation says Bjorn Waldegard, who won 16 world championship rallies during a career that spanned four decades, has died. He was 70.

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  • Gunfire heard in Lesotho as army moves on police in apparent coup

    By Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Army soldiers in Lesotho occupied police buildings and surrounded the premier's residence in an apparent coup attempt on Saturday, but Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was safe, residents and diplomats said. Gunfire was heard earlier in Maseru, capital of…

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  • Ebola hits fifth W. African state as Senegal confirms first case

    The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the…

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  • Ghana to serve as UN base for supplies bound for Ebola countries

    The United Nations will use Ghana as a base for supplies bound for countries stricken by an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,550 people in West Africa, the Ghanaian presidency said in a statement on Friday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon had a telephone conversation on Friday evening with Ghana's…

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  • Ghana says poverty cut by half since 1992

    The number of people living in poverty in Ghana halved between 1992 and 2013, the government said Friday, with the country meeting a key developmental benchmark even as its economy struggles. The figures were based on Ghana's own measure of poverty which for 2013 counted individuals living on less…

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  • Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

    By Diadie Ba and Saliou Samb DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that…

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  • Rwandan army officers charged with inciting rebellion

    A top Rwandan colonel and a retired general were charged Friday in a Kigali court for inciting rebellion by "spreading rumours". The pair are the latest in a series of military men accused of challenging the rule of the country's strongman and president, Paul Kagame. Former presidential guard…

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  • Angola to 'forgive' half of Mozambique's debt

    Oil-rich Angola is ready to write off half of Mozambique's public debt which dates back decades, an official said Friday. The remaining $30 million will be "transformed into capital for Angolan investment in Mozambique," the Mozambican official said, asking not to be named because he is not…

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  • Is this beginning of the end for South Africa's Zuma?

    A series of setbacks in beleaguered South African President Jacob Zuma's battle against corruption allegations has sparked fresh speculation that he could be forced out of office. Controversy over millions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on his rural home and the dropping of graft charges…

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  • Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old.

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  • Nigeria monitors 160 after Ebola kills doctor in oil city

    Some 160 people are being medically monitored in Nigeria's oil-producing hub Port Harcourt after a doctor died from the virus, the local government said on Friday. We are in touch with them constantly and they also call us to tell us their condition," Rivers State health commissioner Sampson…

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  • Otto takes lead with 62; Gallacher gains momentum

    FIANO, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup also gained momentum.

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  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.

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  • S. Africa convicts 4 of plot to kill Rwandan ex-general

    A South African court on Friday convicted four men of attempting to murder a Rwandan former general who had fled after falling out with the east African country's president, Paul Kagame. Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found three Tanzanians and one Rwandan "guilty of attempted murder" after acquitting…

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  • Missionaries who were exposed to Ebola released from U.S. quarantine

    WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Missionaries who were quarantined in North Carolina to ensure they were not infected with Ebola while working in Liberia have been released without showing signs of the virus, a local government spokesman said on Friday. Health officials in Charlotte required the…

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