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  • Austria truck death suspects to appear in court

    Four people arrested after the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants were found in a truck in Austria will appear before a judge in Hungary Saturday, officials said as the discovery sent shock waves through Europe. The truck, found Thursday on a motorway near the Slovakia and Hungary borders, was…

    AFP
  • Anderson into Winston-Salem final

    Winston-Salem (United States) (AFP) - South Africa's Kevin Anderson booked his place in the final of the Winston-Salem Open here Friday, defeating unseeded Tunisian Malek Jaziri in straight sets.

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  • Anderson, Herbert advance to Winston-Salem final

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final, beating 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Friday.

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  • Albino and proud: DR Congo festival promotes persecuted minority

    Albinos gathered Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa for a first-of-its-kind festival to celebrate a minority that suffers rampant persecution in Africa. "We want to reinforce the visibility of albinos in the upper spheres of society and create role models that allow…

    AFP
  • Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount

    Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria. Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were…

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  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea

    VIENNA (AP) — Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

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  • Sudan arrests 17 opposition activists amid dialogue call: HRW

    Sudan's security forces have arrested at least 17 opposition activists this month, Human Rights Watch said Friday, as President Omar al-Bashir urges opponents to join talks to solve Sudan's myriad problems. The National Intelligence and Security Services have arrested at least 17 members of…

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  • Ex-Bok coach Mallett expects conservative plan

    Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett said Friday he expected South Africa to adopt a conservative game plan during the Rugby World Cup in England next month. Speaking during a television panel discussion after the announcement of the 31-man Springbok squad, Mallett said the team had played with an…

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  • DR Congo probes rape charges against its C.Africa peacekeepers

    A team of military investigators from the Democratic Republic of Congo were probing charges of rape against three of their soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in neighbouring Central African Republic, military sources said Friday. The investigators arrived in Bangui, the Central African capital,…

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  • Libyan drownings, truck of corpses drive up migrant toll

    By Karin Strohecker and Ahmed Elumami EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to…

    Reuters
  • Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.

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  • Uncapped Paige shock inclusion in Bok squad

    Uncapped scrum-half Rudy Paige was a shock inclusion Friday in the South Africa Rugby World Cup squad after being ignored during four warm-up matches. The 26-year-old Northern Bull and 30 other players were named by coach Heyneke Meyer in the Indian Ocean city of Durban for the global rugby…

    AFP
  • Things to know about the FIFA presidential election

    MONACO (AP) — FIFA presidential contender Michel Platini would not talk about it Friday, but he is the front-runner in an election that is still six months off.

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  • FIFA contender Platini refuses to talk election issues

    MONACO (AP) — Michel Platini apologized Friday for refusing to discuss FIFA issues at his first news conference since announcing his bid for president of the governing body last month.

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  • Shell shuts down 2 key Nigeria pipelines over leaks, sabotage

    Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has shut down two key supply pipelines in NIgeria because of leaks and sabotage and declared a "force majeure" on crude oil exports. The two pipelines take crude to the Bonny Light exports terminal, one of Nigeria's main oil terminals.

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  • As the need for power surges, are small - or big - dams the answer?

    By Stella Paul STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydropower dams, energy experts say. This is a disastrous plan and not true development,” charged Rajendra Singh, an Indian water…

    Reuters
  • Europe questions border rules after train attack, migrant moves

    By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Concerned about security threats and illegal migration, some European governments are considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe. A week after passengers subdued a gunman on an…

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