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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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Libya joins Iran in snubbing oil freeze: source

LONDON (Reuters) - Libya does not plan to attend an April 17 meeting of oil producers about freezing supply to support prices, a Libyan OPEC delegate said on Tuesday, joining fellow OPEC member Iran in snubbing the initiative....
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Children sacrificed to bring luck in Uganda elections - charity

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six cases of the mutilation and murder of children as "good luck" sacrifices were reported during the recent Ugandan elections, a children's charity said....
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Libyan PM-designate presents new line-up to parliament

Tobruk (Libya) (AFP) - Libya's prime minister-designate, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Saturday presented the programme of his new national unity government before the parliament of the internationally recognised government ahead of a confidence vote....
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Libya becoming new front in fight against Islamic State

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya is rapidly turning into a new front in the fight against the Islamic State group, which is heavily recruiting militants from abroad and trying to exploit years of chaos to expand its foothold in the oil-rich North African nation....
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French PM Manuel Valls visits jihadi-hit Mali and Burkina Faso

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is in Mali, meeting French troops stationed in Gao, in the north. ...
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Uganda detains opposition leader again as president heads for vote win

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Police detained Uganda's main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye for the third time this week and clashed with his supporters on Friday as early contested election results showed President Yoweri Museveni set to extend his 30-year grip on power....
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Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Get Unexpectedly Hostile Homecoming

....Approximately 2,000 women and girls have been abducted since 2012, but international awareness was only raised in late April 2014 after Boko Haram snatched nearly 300 girls from a school in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria. .......
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