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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it's easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there — recycled into road…

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  • S. Africa's Zuma in 'perfect condition' after health scare

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday declared that he was in "perfect condition", in his first comments allaying concerns over his health following his hospitalisation in June. Zuma told the public broadcaster SABC television in a year-end interview that the elections earlier in the year…

    AFP
  • S.Africa's Zuma vows to stop opposition from disrupting him

    South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday vowed to stop opposition lawmakers, who had hounded him out of parliament, to disrupt the national assembly. Zuma was in August forced to abandon his speech and leave parliament when lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party…

    AFP
  • Protesters demand justice for Burkina legend Sankara

    Ouagadougou (AFP) - Hundreds of people placed brooms on the grave of the former Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara on Sunday in a symbolic gesture to demand justice for the revolutionary hero killed in a 1987 coup.

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  • Ivory Coast's long-awaited toll bridge opens to traffic

    Thousands of Ivorian pedestrians and motorists flocked to Abidjan's new toll bridge on Sunday as the long-awaited crossing, which is expected to boost trade in the world's top cocoa producer, opened to traffic. The 1.5 kilometre-long bridge is the third road link across the lagoon in Ivory Coast's…

    AFP
  • Willett narrowly earns spot in Masters

    LONDON (AP) — Danny Willett of England is going to the Masters for the first time with a little help from the world ranking formula.

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  • Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region

    Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram. Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on…

    AFP
  • Mozambique rescues kidnapped 'drug baron'

    Mozambique police have rescued a wealthy businessman branded a "drug baron" by the US government who was kidnapped in Maputo more than a month ago, state media said Sunday. Momade Bachir Suleman was freed in a dawn operation Saturday in Macia town, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of the…

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  • Numbers that tell story of 2004 tsunami disaster

    Facts and figures from the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Sources include the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and UNESCO:

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of…

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  • U.N.'s Ban hails Obama for 'courageous' Cuba move

    BAMAKO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday for what he called courage and vision in renewing ties with Cuba and said he had asked Washington to pursue such a course. Cuban President Raul Castro also demonstrated leadership in reciprocating…

    Reuters
  • At least one killed in clashes at Gabon opposition rally

    A student was killed in clashes at an opposition rally in Gabon's capital, where police fired tear gas to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Bongo Ondimba. At least 20 people were arrested in scuffles between police and demonstrators, an AFP journalist saw. Public…

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  • Liberian voter turnout low as Ebola overshadows senate election

    By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Turnout for Liberian parliamentary elections on Saturday appeared to be low as concerns about Ebola kept many voters at home. Polling stations were largely empty after voting began at 8 a.m. (3.00 a.m. ET) in the seafront capital Monrovia, with voters…

    Reuters
  • Holder replaces Bravo as West Indies ODI captain

    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Jason Holder replaced Dwayne Bravo as captain of the West Indies one-day international side on Saturday, less than two months out from the Cricket World Cup.

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  • Zambia's ruling party mends rift to make Lungu its presidential candidate

    LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's ruling party has settled on Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as its presidential candidate, it emerged on Saturday, ending months of in-fighting that had threatened its chances at a Jan. 20 election. After President Michael Sata died in October, his Patriotic Front (PF) was…

    Reuters
  • WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa…

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  • Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the…

    Reuters