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From cleaning corpses to sex with strangers, widow rituals fuel disease in Africa

DOUALA/DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Clarisse's husband died of malaria last year in the Cameroonian city of Douala, she was kicked out of their home by his family and forced to marry his brother.
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Attacks on albinos in Malawi surge, body parts sold for witchcraft: Amnesty

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An increase in the number of attacks on people with albinism in Malawi since late 2014 by people seeking their body parts for witchcraft prompted Amnesty International to call on Tuesday for authorities to do more to punish those responsible....
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Somalia: 30 Ethiopian troops killed in attack by militants

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least 30 Ethiopian troops were killed Thursday in an attack on a base for African Union peacekeepers in central Somalia, a Somali military official said....
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Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

N'Djamena (AFP) - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region....
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Zuma upbeat after Iran visit

President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to Iran ended on a high note with the signing of several agreements to take economic and trade relations to greater heights‚ following the lifting of sanctions in Iran‚ the presidency announced on Monday. ...
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Netanyahu looks to changing Africa for new Israeli allies

Jerusalem (AFP) - Four decades after his brother was killed during a rescue operation in Uganda, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is embarking on an African mission of his own -- but with very different aims....
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Gunmen storm Libya TV station as UN-backed govt told to leave

Tripoli (AFP) - Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a Libyan television station late Wednesday, as the authorities in control of Tripoli demanded the departure of the newly-arrived prime minister designate in a blow to hopes for a peaceful power handover....
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Libya coastguard stops 600 migrants crossing to Europe

Tripoli (AFP) - The Libyan coastguard on Sunday stopped three boats carrying 600 migrants including pregnant women trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, an official said....
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Nigerian parliament approves 2016 record budget

* Budget assumes oil at $38 a barrel * Aims to treble capital spending to diversify * Pressure to raise revenue, seek loans (Adds details, economist, background)...
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We can't pay: Zimbabwe farmers resist compensating evicted white landowners

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's plan to win back international funding by paying compensation to white farmers forced off their land faces a major snag: the black farmers expected to stump up the cash say they don't have it....
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