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3 African leaders cancel trip to US over Ebola outbreak

U.S. health officials issued a travel warning Thursday for three West African nations as the death toll soared from an Ebola outbreak, while Obama administration officials downplayed the possibility that travelers could bring the virus to a U.S.-Africa summit President Obama will attend in Washington next week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an advisory against “non-essential” travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the ...

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Sixty-seven giant snails seized at LA airport

Sixty-seven live giant African snails have been seized by US customs agents. The snails, which are prohibited in the US, were found by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport. They arrived from Nigeria and were intended for a person in California, said Lee Harty, a spokeswoman for the customs agency. The molluscs are among the ...

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Developing countries home to 86 percent of world’s refugees – Report

Developing countries, including many in Africa, now host 86 percent of the world’s refugees, up from 70 percent 10 years ago, says a new report released by the UN refugee agency on Thursday. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts one-quarter of all refugees in the world. The UNHCR report shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has topped ...

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Kenya attack: ‘Islamists’ raid Mpeketoni near Lamu

At least 48 people have died after suspected Islamist militants attacked hotels and a police station in a Kenyan coastal town, officials say. Witnesses in Mpeketoni said gun battles went on for several hours and reported seeing buildings set on fire. The town is close to Lamu island, which is a well-known tourist resort. Kenya has suffered a number of ...

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Libya crisis: More deadly clashes in Benghazi

Fresh clashes broke out in Benghazi on Sunday after a rogue general launched a fresh assault on Islamist militants. Tanks were seen on the streets and explosions could be heard throughout the day in Libya’s second-biggest city. General Khalifa Haftar, who accuses the government of supporting terrorism, began an assault against Islamist fighters in the city last month. The government ...

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Africa elephants ‘face survival threat’ from poaching

The survival of Africa’s elephants is under threat, with estimates suggesting more than 20,000 were killed in 2013, a report says. The office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said poaching levels were far above the elephant birth rate. However, the report said poaching numbers had dropped slightly compared to the previous two years. Transnational organised ...

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DR Congo minerals: Most mines ‘conflict free’ since US law

More than two-thirds of mines in eastern Democratic Republic Congo which produced “conflict minerals” four years ago are no longer run by warlords, a report by US-based Enough Project says. It follows a US law implemented in 2010 which required firms to determine the origin of minerals used in products. Tin, tantalum and tungsten, used to make computers and mobile ...

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Nigeria army ‘knows where girls are’

The Nigerian military say they know where the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are but they will not attempt a rescue. Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents,” although he admitted the military would not risk “going there with force.” More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in ...

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South Sudan government forces battle for Bentiu oil hub

Government forces in South Sudan have launched an offensive on the strategic oil hub of Bentiu, after it was taken by rebels last month. A column of government troops and armoured vehicles were earlier seen driving towards the centre, they add. Rebel forces deny UN charges that they killed hundreds of people along ethnic lines after seizing the town in ...

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