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South Africa Shuts Borders, Schools to Try to Slow COVID Spread

JOHANNESBURG – The rise of coronavirus cases in South Africa has prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce tough measures to try to slow the virus’ spread. The respiratory illness, now a global pandemic, has infected more than 153,000 people world…

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International School Seychelles students meet author of book they’re reading in class

What would it be like to pick the brain of an author whose book you have read? A group of students at the International School Seychelles had just that opportunity.While covering ‘Skirrid Hill’ — a collection of poems by author Owen Sheers — in their…

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College Teacher Convicted for Leading Al-Shabab Operations in Mogadishu

A college teacher who is the son of a senior police officer has been found guilty of leading al-Shabab’s operations in Mogadishu for several years.A military court in Mogadishu sentenced Mohamed Haji Ahmed to death on Tuesday. Prosecutors wanted to fi…

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Economy in Mind, Bolsonaro Changes Tack and Cozies Up to Xi

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – What a difference a year makes.In the months before last year’s presidential election in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro described China as predatory and thumbed his nose at the Chinese government by visiting Taiwan, Beijing’s archrival.Now, …

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UN Rights Agency Welcomes Landmark Rape Conviction in Mauritania

GENEVA – The U.N. office of the high commissioner for human rights welcomes the conviction and sentencing of a man for rape by a court in Mauritania. Mauritania does not have a law to prevent gender-based violence and rape. In the past, almost all cas…

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Ivanka Trump to Promote Women’s Prosperity in Morocco

WASHINGTON – Ivanka Trump is getting ready to promote her women’s economic development program on an upcoming trip to Morocco.It will be her third overseas trip this year to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative , which was l…

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Hundreds of Migrants in Libya Flee Detention, Cite Hunger

PARIS – Hundreds of migrants have fled a detention center in coastal Libya and crowded overnight around a U.N. facility, saying they were denied food for weeks. Around 450 people left Abu Salim detention center late Tuesday. Two of the migrants, as wel…

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Rwanda Joins African Countries Signing Nuclear Deals with Russia

NAIROBI – Rwanda is the latest African country to sign a nuclear deal with Russian state atomic company Rosatom. But the deals between Russia and several African countries are raising concerns from environmentalists who say nuclear energy is not alway…

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Chile: ‘No Chance’ Riots Derail APEC, UN Climate Meet in Santiago

SANTIAGO, CHILE – Chile, grappling with violent protests that rocked the capital Santiago for days, will not let the riots derail plans to host two major global meetings in coming months, Foreign Minister Teodoro Ribera said Thursday.He said there was …

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Torture, Sexual Abuse Prompt Calls for Reform of Nigeria’s Islamic Schools

On Oct. 16, police freed about 500 victims from a facility in Katsina, where young men and boys were brought, often by their families, to be rehabilitated from behavioral problems, drug abuse or other afflictions. In reality, they were kept in inhumane…

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