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Girls 'aged 7 or 8' commit suicide attack in Nigeria

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Two girls, thought to be only seven or eight years old, conducted a double suicide attack in a northeastern Nigerian market Sunday, killing one person and wounding 18, officials said.
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Turkish and Ghanaian criminals who ran fake US embassy in Accra for over a decade arrested

Fraudsters charged $6,000 (£4,714) for fraudulently obtained but legitimate US visas and false documents....
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Gambians celebrate after voting out 'billion year' leader

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who once vowed to rule the tiny West African nation for "a billion years", said he had accepted his shock election defeat on Friday, 22 years after seizing power in a coup....
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Ethiopian women face new threat of human trafficking as economic gains slow to trickle down

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in Ethiopia live under constant fear of violence, illness, hunger and poverty but they are now also facing a new threat - human trafficking, according to veteran women's rights campaigner Bogaletch Gebre....
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Moroccans protest hoisting of Israeli flag at UN summit

The Moroccan association for supporting the nation's causes said the hoisting of the Israeli flag in Morocco was another step towards normalisation, which the Moroccan government denied. ...
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African nations seek to get rid of 1st UN LGBT expert

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African nations are seeking to initially suspend and then get rid of the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity....
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Benin court drops charges against politician over cocaine haul

COTONOU (Reuters) - A court in Benin on Friday dropped all charges against prominent politician Sebastien Ajavon who was accused of drug trafficking in connection with a haul of 18 kg (40 pounds) of cocaine found last week in a shipping container....
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Tunisian Minister Sacked after Criticizing Saudi Arabia's Links to Terrorism

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tunisia's religious affairs minister was fired Friday for "attacking the foundations of diplomacy" after he publicly suggested Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism had links to terrorism. ...
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[Al Shabaab] Islamic State-aligned group takes Somali town, say officials

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A group loyal to Islamic State seized the small port town of Qandala in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the first town it has taken since emerging a year ago, officials said....
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe skirts retirement talk at burial of friend

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe on Saturday avoided the controversial subject of his future as he buried a senior political colleague and friend who had been pressing him to retire....
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