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  • Amnesty slams 'crimes against humanity' in Syria's Aleppo

    Syrian government forces are committing "crimes against humanity" by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it also criticised rebels for abuses including "war crimes". In a new report, the rights watchdog said "relentless" government aerial bombardment of…

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  • Accused Texas gunman well-known to FBI before attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

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  • Boks and crocks at Johannesburg camp

    The wear and tear of Super 15 rugby was evident at a Johannesburg college Monday as South Africa held their first pre-World Cup training camp. Of the 44 players who gathered under national coach Heyneke Meyer for a four-day get-together, 19 could not train and five took part in only some drills. …

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  • Trott calls time on England career

    England batsman Jonathan Trott announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. Trott struggled on his return to the Test arena during England's 1-1 drawn series with the West Indies in the Caribbean concluded Sunday, managing just 72 runs in six innings including three ducks. "This…

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  • Lula denies peddling influence to aid building firm

    Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denied Monday that he is formally under investigation for influence peddling on behalf of construction giant Odebrecht. Epoca magazine reported last week that Lula was "formally suspected" of using his name to land lucrative deals for Odebrecht…

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  • Israel pledges action on grievances of Ethiopian Jews

    Israel on Monday pledged to crack down on racism and discrimination against Ethiopian Jews as officials sought to ease tensions after a series of angry protests over police brutality. A second demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sunday also deteriorated into violence, throwing a spotlight on the plight…

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  • Protests highlight troubles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel secretly airlifted waves of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in the Horn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people.

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  • Nigeria’s Boko Haram in disarray as government forces advance

    By Julia Payne MALKOHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages of weapons and fuel foment tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told Reuters. The army has freed nearly 700 in the past week as it…

    Reuters
  • Israel's Ethiopian Jews: a struggle to integrate

    Israeli Ethiopian Jews protesting against alleged police brutality and racism have staged heated demonstrations over the past week that turned violent as they clashed with security forces. The integration of Ethiopian Jews into Israeli society has long been a struggle. Israel has some 135,500…

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  • Kerry warns Burundi leader's third term bid is unconstitutional

    US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that the bid by Burundi's president to run for a third term in power goes against the constitution, calling for calm after days of protests. "We are deeply concerned about President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision, which flies directly in the face of the…

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  • 'No room' for gays in Kenya, says deputy president

    Kenya's deputy president, William Ruto, has told worshippers at a church service in Nairobi that homosexuality had no place in the east African nation, reports said Monday. Homophobia is on the rise across much of Africa and homosexuality remains illegal in many countries, including Kenya where it…

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  • Around 7,000 Europe-bound migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Around 7,000 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing the Mediterranean to Europe over the weekend and on Monday, including a woman who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said. A photo posted online showed her…

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  • An Ethiopian immigrant rues the day he moved to Israel

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - When Sendeku Belay thinks about how his life has turned out, the 36-year-old believes he would have been better off staying in Ethiopia than moving to Israel. "Had I known Israel would work out like this, I would have preferred to die in Africa of…

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  • Ethiopian protests draw attention to racism in Israel

    The two-minute video is the latest in a string of incidents that have raised uncomfortable questions about Israel's treatment of ethnic minorities and its struggle to integrate newcomers into broader society, whether Jews or non-Jews. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the soldier,…

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  • Spain rescues 21 migrants in boat off south coast

    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police intercepted and rescued 21 migrants in a boat off the southern coast early on Monday, a police source said. The men rescued were in good health and all believed to be from north Africa. They were picked up 16 nautical miles south of Cabo de Gata, Almeria. Around…

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  • Botswana's marauding elephants trigger hunting ban debate

    "All the years when elephants were hunted, it was not like this," Minsozie, 35, a mother of seven children, told AFP in the small village of Mabele. "I will never say that I am pro-hunting (but) we know there's too many elephants in the Chobe area.

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  • 'We are victors': Russia fetes WWII win despite Western snub

    Russia is preparing this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany with imperial flair and a military parade viewed as an unapologetic show of force. In what is seen as punishment for the Kremlin's policies on Ukraine, Russia's World War II allies are…

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