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UN General Assembly Confirms 5 Countries to Security Council

NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly voted Friday to give two-year terms on the powerful 15-nation Security Council to five countries. Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates all ran unopposed for available seats in their regional...
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Will Promises of Democratic Transition in Mali Convince France to Leave??

A promise Monday by Mali’s new interim president to hold democratic elections by early next year appears to meet some conditions set by France to resume recently suspended cooperation with Malian forces. But some hope Paris is slowly heading for the ex...
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Africa Parliament Scuffle Upends Leadership Talks

A well-aimed kick. A strong shove, body checks, shouting and a fight for dominance.This isn’t a rowdy football (soccer) match. This is the latest session of the Pan African Parliament.The continental body brings together African legislators to impleme...
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Twitter Deletes Nigerian President’s Tweet Invoking Civil War

Twitter deleted a post by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday invoking the country’s civil war. In a series of tweets sent out earlier Wednesday, Buhari, who served in the army during the 1967-1970 civil war, said that regional secessionists ...
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Mali’s Top Court Declares Coup Leader Goita Interim President

Mali's constitutional court on Friday declared Assimi Goita, the colonel who led a military coup this week while serving as vice president, to be the new interim president.The ruling raises the stakes as West African leaders prepare to meet on Sunday t...
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Mali Strongman Goita Reaches Out Amid International Pressure

Malian Colonel Assimi Goita on Friday said a new prime minister will be appointed within days, in his first remarks since seizing power this week. The army officer made the announcement during a meeting with political and civil-society figures in Bam...
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Mali President, PM Released From Military Custody

Officials in Mali say the country's interim president and prime minister have been released, one day after they resigned while in military custody. The military arrested interim president Bah N'daw and his prime minister, Moctar Ouane, on Monday in th...
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Former South African President Zuma Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges?

Former South African President Jacob Zuma pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Wednesday in a trial that began more than a quarter century ago after some of the alleged crimes were committed. Zuma, 79, is being tried on multiple counts of corruptio...
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Rights Group Condemns Jail Term for Cameroon Transgender Women

Rights activists in Cameroon have condemned a five-year jail sentence given to two transgender women for "attempted homosexuality" and public indecency. A lawyer for the two, who were arrested for wearing women's clothing in a restaurant, say they are...
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