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UN backs investigation of rights violations in Burundi, pledges to respond to threats to peace

October
29
,
2015
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The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday strongly backed the African Union's decision to investigate human rights violations in Burundi and also pledged to respond to any actions that threaten peace, security and stability in the troubled central...

Australia to fly Somali refugee who was allegedly raped from Nauru for 2nd time for abortion

October
28
,
2015
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CANBERRA, Australia — A Somali refugee who alleged she was raped in Nauru will be flown to Australia for a second time to potentially have an abortion, Australia's government said Wednesday, a day after the United Nations' human rights...

Lions, the pride of Africa, are disappearing in West Africa

October
27
,
2015
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LAGOS, Nigeria — Lions, that symbol of Africa's wild beauty, power and freedom, no longer roam in Mali. Or in Ivory Coast or Ghana or war-shattered eastern Congo. Or most of the rest of West Africa. Three years of searching and no sight...

Suicide bombers kill 42, injure 100-plus in attacks on mosques in 2 northeast Nigerian cities

October
23
,
2015
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YOLA, Nigeria — Two suicide bombers struck at city mosques in northeast Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding more than 100, an official and witnesses said. The massive blast in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state,...

Lawyer tried to ask Australian court to stop pregnant Somali rape victim being sent to Nauru

October
19
,
2015
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CANBERRA, Australia — A lawyer for a pregnant Somalia refugee rape victim said Monday that he wanted to seek a court order keeping her in Australia before the government suddenly flew her to Nauru without providing the abortion she had...

Egypt grants government employees a half-day off to boost low election turnout

October
19
,
2015
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CAIRO — Egyptian authorities granted government workers a half-day off on Monday in an attempt to bolster low turnout in the country's election for the first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court...

Zimbabwe: Elephant with massive ivory tusks killed in legal hunt

October
17
,
2015
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — The killing of a huge elephant in Zimbabwe has been confirmed by the national parks agency, which defended the legal hunt as a source of much needed money for communities living near game parks. Wildlife conservationists...

Rwanda gives names to 24 baby mountain gorillas to promote conservation, draw tourists

September
5
,
2015
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KINIGI, Rwanda — Rwanda named two-dozen baby mountain gorillas in an annual ceremony Saturday that highlights the African country's efforts to protect the endangered animals, which attract large numbers of foreign tourists to the...