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  • China urges renewed peace effort in South Sudan after massacre

    China on Wednesday urged renewed peace efforts in South Sudan after the United Nations said rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu. "We strongly condemn this and urge all sides in South Sudan, including the opposition and the authorities, to…

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  • EU climate chief urges China to show international commitment

    By Stian Reklev BEIJING (Reuters) - China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's top climate change official said on Wednesday. EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is…

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  • Woman held for murder after children's bodies found

    A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in London, police said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old was not identified but media reports said she was the mother of the children, whose bodies were found on Tuesday evening. There were four children…

  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.

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  • 20 years on, Mandela's party faces tough test in South Africa

    Twenty years after the euphoria of South Africa's first democratic elections swept liberation hero Nelson Mandela to power, the ruling party faces its toughest test at the polls next month. Rampant corruption and a failure to erase apartheid's enduring legacy of abject poverty have sown social and…

  • 'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old.

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  • Senegal's ex-president Wade to return home

    Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is due to return home Wednesday after moving abroad following his election defeat, his party said, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption. Wade, who held power from 2000 to 2012, spent nearly two years in France after suffering a bitter…

  • Rwandan president says he is not ready to rule out third term

    By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether he will seek a third term as head of the east African state, adding "whatever will happen, we'll have an explanation." Articles in pro-government newspapers in recent years have…

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  • Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

    By Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing - its lack of…

  • French hostage in Mali reported killed by captors

    PARIS (AP) — One of two remaining French hostages in the west African nation of Mali probably died several weeks ago because of abusive treatment by his Islamic militant captors, President Francois Hollande's office said Tuesday.

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  • Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

    One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro…

  • France says one of two hostages held in Mali probably dead

    A French man kidnapped two years ago in Mali by an al Qaeda-linked group is probably dead, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday after the insurgents said they had killed him. Gilberto Rodriguez-Leal, who would be 62 now, was captured in November 2012 while camping in the region. He had crossed…

  • Opposition: South Africa's ruling ANC giving away mattresses for votes

    South Africa's government corruption watchdog is looking into an allegation that the ruling ANC party handed out state-paid mattresses in election campaigns ahead of general polls on May 7, a spokesman said Tuesday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is planning a meeting with the country's social…

  • South Africa plans Fort Knox of rhino horn after heist

    South Africa plans to store its stockpile of seized rhino horn at a heavily-secured central location after thieves stole millions-of-dollars worth of horns from a provincial government safe. The Environmental Affairs ministry told AFP Tuesday it would press ahead with a decision to shift the…

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  • Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a nighttime theft, robbers broke into a South African provincial parks office with a 24-hour security service and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding a stockpile of rhino horn worth a fortune on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

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  • Nigeria striker Uche waits on World Cup fate

    Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche will learn on Tuesday whether he will be left off Nigeria's World Cup squad. National team coach Stephen Keshi has accused Uche of being "tactically indisciplined" and has snubbed him since last year’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa. The…

  • Madagascar fights to prevent oil spill from stricken tanker

    Ramena (Madagascar) (AFP) - Madagascar has launched an emergency operation to prevent a stricken tanker from unleashing 10,000 cubic metres of crude oil into the postcard-perfect Emerald Sea off the country's north coast. Jerome Sambalis of Madagascar's port authority said specialist teams are…

  • Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.

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  • Libya to expel 271 illegal migrants from African countries

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya plans to expel 271 migrants from sub-Saharan countries in a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration to and through the North African country, state news agency LANA said on Tuesday. The emigrants will be deported to their home countries Chad, Niger, Eritrea, Ghana, Sudan…

  • African troops capture junior LRA rebel commander

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African troops captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by the rebels, Uganda's military said Tuesday, the latest blow against the rebel group in an international hunt for its fugitive leaders.

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