• Acting Leader Insists Ghanaian Opposition Party Is United

    The acting chairman of Ghana’s main opposition party says it’s united in its determination to wrest power from President John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming elections, but backers of the New Patriotic Party say infighting may have eroded its prospects.

    Freddie Blay became acting chairman after the NPP suspended its chairman, Paul Afoko, over an alleged breach of the party’s constitution; he is challenging the move in court. Nyaho Tamakloe, a prominent member of the NPP, called the…

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  • Scores of Migrants Reported Missing Off Libyan Coast

    Scores of migrants were missing Saturday off the Libyan coast after their inflatable boat took on water and sank, European monitors said.

    The International Organization for Migration said 84 people remained missing at midday, hours after an Italian cargo ship rescued 26 people who had been aboard the doomed boat.  

    A spokesman for Italy’s coast guard told reporters the migrants had come from several West African countries and had most likely left Libya on Friday. He said the…

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  • Kenya Sets Tons of Ivory Aflame in Bid to Stop Elephant Poaching

    Plumes of smoke filled the air of a muddy Nairobi National Park as Kenya’s President Kenyatta presided Saturday over the burning of 105 tons of elephant ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horns to send a message to the world that ivory is worth more on an elephant than it is in the market.

    The torching of this stockpile made it the largest ivory burn in history.

    “The height of the pile of ivory before us marks the strength of our resolve,” said Kenyatta. “Before you, ladies and…

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  • African Union Hails Steps Toward Unity in South Sudan

    The African Union has welcomed the formation of a new transitional government of national unity in South Sudan, calling it a positive step toward peace in the nation.   

    The formation of the transitional administration is part of the peace accord signed last year by President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar to end a conflict that left tens of thousands dead and many more displaced from their homes.

    Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairman of the AU Commission, said…

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  • Airstrikes in Aleppo Kill at Least 5 People

    About 30 airstrikes by Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships hit rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo Saturday killing at least five people.

    According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nearly 250 civili…

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  • Kyiv Sees No Elections in Eastern Ukraine Until Russians Leave

    A top Ukrainian official said that elections in eastern Ukraine are only possible after Ukraine’s sovereignty is renewed in the region and the Russia’s presence is eliminated in those territories.

    A deputy speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Oksana S…

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  • Sadr Supporters Storm Iraqi Parliament

    Hundreds of chanting, flag-waving supporters of Iraq’s mercurial Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the Iraqi parliament Saturday after breaking into Baghdad’s government-controlled Green Zone.

    Cellphone video uploaded to social media showed dozens of young men running through the halls of parliament, chanting slogans in support of Sadr and calling for the government to disband.

    Iraqi security forces fired tear gas at one entrance of the zone but appeared to be largely standing…

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  • Rescue Operation Brings Circus Lions from Peru to S. Africa

    An animal rights group rescued more than 30 lions from abuse at circuses in Peru and Colombia and flew the animals to South Africa Friday in what it called the largest-ever airlift of lions.

    Animal Defenders International (ADI), an American-based non-profit group, said almost all of the animals were abused while in captivity — some are declawed and have broken teeth. Another is missing an eye. Others, still, have health problems like parasites and disease, according to ADI President…

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  • White House Hosts International Jazz Day Concert

    “Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. Because after all, has there ever been any greater improvisation than America itself?,” said U.S. President Barack Obama, who with his wife Michelle, hosted the fifth annual International Jazz Day Concert at the White House.

    The concert Friday will be broadcast across America Saturday — International Jazz Day — as an ABC television network special and streamed around the world by the United Nations…

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  • China Blocks US Navy Ships’ Access to Hong Kong Port

    China has denied a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier access to a port in Hong Kong.

    The Pentagon said Friday the USS Stennis and its accompanying vessels were refused entry into the port.

    The reason for denying access to the port was not clear. China sent a…

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