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Gambia foils coup attempt

An attempted coup by a group of Gambian soldiers was foiled Tuesday. The attempt at…

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AirAsia plane: 40 bodies recovered from sea

The Indonesian Navy on Tuesday said it has recovered 40 bodies from the sea, off…

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U.S. approves new Ebola testing procedure

Roche Holding AG on Monday said U.S. health regulators have approved its Ebola test for…

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Avian Influenza: 4 dead in Libya‎

The Libyan Health Minister, Ridha al-Oukli, Sunday, said four persons died of complications arising from Avian Influenza in Libya. He stressed that the country had not recorded any case of Ebola Virus Disease. Mr. Al-Oukli said that one person died from the complication in the eastern city of Tobrouk, while…

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Ban criticises Sudan for expelling UN coordinator

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has criticised Sudan’s decision to expel the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, and the Country Director of the UN Development Programme. This is contained in a statement issued in New York by ​Mr. ​Ban's spokesperson, Stephanie DuJarric. Mr. Ban said the sanctioning of UN…

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God’s message of peace stronger than darkness, corruption, Pope Francis says at Christmas

Pope Francis has ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas, with a message to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter's Basilica. It is the second…

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Baghdad’s embattled Christian community worshiped defiantly at Christmas Eve mass

The Christians in Baghdad turned out en masse for Christmas at Baghdad’s Sacred Heart church where they remembered the darkest year in memory. Blast walls shielded the church and seven police officers flanked the outside of the house of worship, in an indication of the government's fear of an attack…

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Former U.S. President Bush hospitalised with breathing difficulties

Former U.S. President George Bush (snr) was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties, his spokesperson said on Thursday. The spokesperson said that Bush, 90, had been taken to a clinic in Houston, Texas, as a precautionary measure, where he would be kept under observation. Republican George Bush was president from…

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Gambia arrests men accused of homosexual acts

Gambian authorities have arrested three men accused of committing homosexual acts, which are punishable with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under a law signed in October, state television said on Tuesday. According to the report, the men "confessed" that they are gay. It is not clear if the men…

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Ebola slows in Sierra Leone as community records zero infection for weeks

The discharge of the last Ebola patient from Sierra Leone's Kailahun district, has further heightened hopes that the increase in incidence of the disease in the country is slowing down. The District Medical Officer of Kailahun, James Squire, on Monday announced the discharge of the last Ebola patient from the…

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‘Endemic Corruption’ Plagues Most of Africa – Survey

Most African countries are still perceived to suffer from "endemic corruption," according to an annual survey of perceptions of public sector corruption in nations across the world. The 2014 edition of the survey, published by the campaign group Transparency International, says that five of the 10 countries of the world…

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Is Africa Rising? Thoughts From a ‘World View’ Economist

Is Africa really rising? What does the continent's booming economic growth mean for its people, and will it lead to inclusive, sustainable development? How can Africa unlock its development potential and bring prosperity to all? And what lessons do these challenges offer to an understanding of what development really means?…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the past several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers' quarterback…

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Nigeria: Preventing Urban Epidemics Through Community Buy-In, By Bunmi Oloruntoba

Abuja — Okechukwu Ndaguba sits at a table in a noisy conference room at the Jades Hotel in Nigeria's capital city, summoning strength for the last day of a planning session about a new health insurance scheme. Last week President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed into law a National Health Bill…

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UN agencies seek $810m to help South Sudan refugees

Humanitarian agencies are seeking $810 million from donors to aid South Sudanese refugees in 2015. This was disclosed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Antonio Guterres. Mr. Guterres warned that unless armed hostilities ended and a peace agreement was reached, total refugee outflow to neighboring countries could reach…

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Pakistan to hang convicted militants in wake of school massacre

Prison authorities in Pakistan on Friday were preparing to hang convicted terrorists after the government lifted a six-year moratorium on executions, officials said. The decision followed the massacre of 135 school children and 12 others by Taliban gunmen at an army-run school in the north-western city of Peshawar. At least…

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Over 20,000 braziers recalled in Japan due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling over 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwears suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them. The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International, which has made a name for itself with concept lingerie such as a solar-powered bra and an "Abenomics" bra, said…

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terrorist list

An EU court ruled on Thursday that the Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, be removed from the European Union's terrorist list. The court added that the decision to include the group was based on media reports. In its ruling, the bloc's second highest tribunal, however, said member states could keep Hamas's…

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HIV outbreak in Cambodian village sparks investigation

An outbreak of HIV in a village in north-western Cambodia prompted an investigation, an official said on Wednesday, as news media reported allegations of contaminated medical equipment. A UN health official told journalists that the National AIDS Authority of Cambodia, NAAC, was investigating after 90 people aged 4 to 80…

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Pakistan mourns victims of savage school massacre

Pakistan began three days of mourning on Wednesday for the 132 children and nine school staff killed in the deadliest ever attack by the Taliban. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called it a "national tragedy unleashed by savages". Reports say seven Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in the north-western…

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China is world’s worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

In the wake of a broad crackdown on free expression since President Xi Jinping took office, China is the world's worst jailer of journalists, with 44 behind bars, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual report on imprisoned journalists released today. In Iran, where President Hassan Rouhani has also failed…

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Death toll from Indonesia landslide rises to 61

The death toll in a mudslide in Indonesia's Central Java province rose to 61 on Tuesday, while 47 people were still missing four days after the disaster, police said. The District Police Chief, Wika Hardianto told newsmen. The officials said that the landslide buried dozens of houses in Jemblung village…

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126 dead as Taliban militants take hundreds hostage at Pakistani military school

Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students hostage at a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and at least 126 people were killed, officials said. Most of those killed were children. Fighting was ongoing between soldiers and the militants. Official report says that they heard heavy…

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ECOWAS adopts biometric identity card to replace resident permit

ECOWAS has adopted the biometric identity card to replace the resident permit as from 2016. This formed part of the decision made at the just-concluded 46th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Monday in Abuja. While briefing journalists at the end of the closed-door session,…

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Hundreds feared missing after boat sinks in Lake Tanganyika

No fewer than 200 people were feared missing after a boat sank in Democratic Republic of Congo's waters by Lake Tanganyika, a senior Tanzanian official said on Monday. The Congolese Government said in a statement on Monday that it had sent a mission led by Transport Minister Kalumba Ngongo to…