Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister
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Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said. Arish Said, head of the government’s media department, said that Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s motorcade was attacked and one of his guards … Continue reading

Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble
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Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server. The nearly 900 … Continue reading

Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
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Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday as a months-long fuel shortage worsened, aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Vehicles also were grounded. Normally bustling roads in Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, were half-empty and gas stations closed Saturday. One station owner said he had fuel … Continue reading

Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser
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Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — A batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a longtime adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack. The set of messages, which were published Thursday by The New York Times, focus on the 2012 attacks on the … Continue reading

Amnesty International warns over torture practice in Morocco
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Amnesty International warns over torture practice in Morocco

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities still use torture widely despite a ban on the practice, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Tuesday documenting the abuse. Despite the ban and statements against torture by King Mohammed VI, law enforcement authorities still abuse protesters, rape detainees with objects and beat confessions out of … Continue reading

Sudan’s al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote
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Sudan’s al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, according to official results announced Monday, April 27, 2015, extending his 25-year rule despite international war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies. The head of the Election Commission, Mokhtar al-Assam, announced the results to reporters. He said turnout was 46.4 … Continue reading

Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa
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Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa

  HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 100 humanitarian groups have urged the African Union’s human rights body to ensure that South Africa take “concrete steps” to prevent further attacks on immigrants. Seven people have died this month in anti-immigrant violence that has mainly targeted migrants from other African nations, according to South African officials. … Continue reading

In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade
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In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade

  CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s chaos has turned it into a lucrative magnet attracting migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe. With no central authority to stop it, business is booming, with smugglers charging ever more as demand goes up, then using the profits to buy larger boats and heavier weapons to … Continue reading