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  • Defence Minister Lungu wins Zambia's disputed presidential race

    Zambia's defence minister Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front, has narrowly won the country's presidential race, the electoral commission announced after an election marred by delays. Lungu won 48.33 percent of the vote, beating his rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National…

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  • Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

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  • Lungu: Zambia's 'humble' new president with fighting spirit

    Zambia's new president Edgar Lungu describes himself as an "ordinary Zambian of humble beginnings" but he showed his fighting spirit when he overcame a bruising internal power struggle to become the ruling Patriotic Front's candidate to replace the late Michael Sata. Lungu's slim victory puts him…

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  • Wales prop Adam Jones retires from internationals

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Adam Jones, who propped 95 times for Wales and five tests for the British and Irish Lions, retired from international rugby on Saturday.

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  • Morocco seizes 24 tonnes of hashish after Spain busts ring

    Moroccan security forces seized nearly 24 tonnes of hashish from a number of boats and arrested 11 people after an overnight chase off the northern coast, the MAP news agency reported Saturday. Spain's proximity to north Africa, a major source of hashish, and its close ties with its former…

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  • Wales's Adam Jones retires from Test rugby

    Wales and British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones has announced his retirement from international rugby union, in an interview published with Britain's Sunday Times. The 33-year-old prop made 100 Test appearances in total, 95 for Wales and five for the Lions, and played in three Grand Slam-winning…

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  • Lungu narrowly wins Zambia presidential vote, opposition cries foul

    By Chris Mfula LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in this week's presidential poll, results showed on Saturday, defeating his closest rival who said the election had been "stolen". The ballot was triggered by the death last October of the…

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  • British Ebola nurse discharged from hospital

    A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone said she was "happy to be alive" as she was discharged from hospital on Saturday having made a full recovery. Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed in Glasgow on December 29 before being transferred to…

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  • Zambian opposition leader calls presidential vote a sham

    Zambian presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema denounced the country's presidential election as a sham on Saturday, and accused rival Edgar Lungu of stealing the vote. Hichilema made the allegations as partial results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia showed Lungu of the ruling…

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  • Grace lands eagle, wins Qatar Masters

    South Africa's Branden Grace produced a late surge to win the Qatar Masters by one shot from Scotland's Marc Warren at the Doha Golf Club on Saturday. Grace became the fourth South African to win the $2.5 million tournament, following Darren Fichardt (2003), Ernie Els (2005) and Retief Goosen…

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  • Soweto calm after week of looting: police

    Calm returned to Soweto streets on Saturday after a week of looting and violence against foreign shopkeepers in South Africa's iconic township, police said. Residents of the populous township southwest of Johannesburg had gone on a rampage after a foreign businessman shot dead a local teenager who…

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  • Spain arrests four in swoop of suspected militant cell in north Africa

    Police in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta arrested four men on Saturday suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network that may have been planning an attack in Spain, the interior ministry said. Spain has stepped up security as well as efforts to prevent the radicalization of young…

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  • Niger's Christians live in fear after deadly attacks

    The religious violence that engulfed Niger last week has traumatised the country's Christian community, with many living in fear of further persecution. "They are looking for Christians. They burned everything with any Christian symbols on it, whether Catholic or Evangelical," said one churchgoer…

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  • Spain negotiates permanent US Marines Africa force

    Spain said Friday it was starting negotiations with Washington to host a permanent US Marines intervention force for deployment on missions to Africa. The Spanish government said it was ready to permanently extend an agreement under which the force has been based at Moron de la Frontera, near…

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  • Soweto looting spree sends foreign shopkeepers fleeing

    Nazil Munssi stared at his ravaged hardware store near Soweto township with tears in his eyes, despondent and terrified after anti-foreign mobs went on a looting rampage this week in South Africa. "They are targeting all the foreigners," said Munssi, an Indian national who has lived in South…

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  • Spain seizes 11 tonnes of hashish in countrywide raid

    Spanish police said Friday they had seized 11 tonnes of hashish and detained 55 people across the country as part of an operation targeting a Moroccan drug trafficking ring. "This is a criminal gang according to the European Union's criteria to define this type of organisation. It had a…

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  • Returning Gyan the hero as Ghana beat Algeria

    The returning Asamoah Gyan struck a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Ghana kick-started their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 Group C victory against Algeria in Mongomo on Friday. Gyan missed his side's opening 2-1 defeat to Senegal on Monday after contracting a mild bout of malaria, but…

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