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  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria 18 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 women in April from a secondary school in Chibok, only 24 km (15 miles) from this latest attack. ...

  • Rocket in French Guiana launches 4 satellites 18 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm

    KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — Arianespace has launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will expand telecommunications and Internet services in several continents.

  • Mozambique offers opposition leader plum $2 mn post 18 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm

    RENAMO presidential candidate Afonso Dhlakama (C) addresses a cheering crowd of supporters during a motorcade campaign rally on October 11, 2014 in MaputoMozambique's President Armando Guebuza has signed into law a bill granting special status to opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who lost October's presidential elections. Dhlakama lost the presidential election to the ruling Frelimo party's Filipe Nyusi, although he disputes the result, which the country's constitutional court has yet to confirm. Dhlakama's Renamo rebels ended nearly two years of low-level armed opposition to the government only two months before October's poll. The veteran leader has lost every election since the end of Mozambique's 16-year civil war in 1992 which pitted his anti-communist guerillas against the Frelimo movement, who have ruled the country since independence in 1975.

  • 'Boko Haram' kidnaps 185 people in Nigeria 18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm

    An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speechBoko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, in northeast Nigeria, the latest mass abduction in a region where the military has repeatedly struggled to protect civilians, officials and witnesses said Thursday. It recalled the April kidnappings in Chibok, where more than 200 girls were taken from a school. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is standing for re-election in February 14 polls, had pledged that the Chibok attack would mark the beginning of the end of terrorism in Nigeria, but violence has escalated since. Boko Haram has not claimed the Gumsuri attack, but multiple sources in the village blamed the extremists, whose five-year uprising has killed more than 13,000 people and forced more than 1.5 million others from their homes.

  • Namibians grab land in midst of housing crisis 18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Namibians queue outside a polling station to vote in a general election in Windhoek on November 28, 2014The land grab comes weeks after the ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) won national elections with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote. "We are tired," said Gotthardt Kandume of the Christian Democratic Voice (CDV).

  • Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050 18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said. Globally, irrigation systems should be expanded by more than 25 percent to cope with changing rainfall patterns, the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters said. ...

  • South Africa dominate with bat before rain 18 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am

    South African Captain Hashim Amla celebrates scoring a century during the first day Test match against the West Indies on December 17, 2014South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an unbeaten 101 as South Africa piled up 552 for five declared.

  • Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies 18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am

    In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Brima Kargbo, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, confirmed Thursday Dec. 18, 2014, that Dr. Victor Willoughby died earlier in the day after being tested positive for Ebola on Saturday, the 11th doctor in the country to die from the disease that is ravaging West Africa. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, FILE)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.

  • U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations 18 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am

    Syrian refugees play at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of MafraqBy Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015. As well as calling for cash for essential humanitarian aid for millions of Syrians inside and outside their homeland, the annual appeal included for the first time development plans to help neighboring countries hosting Syrian refugees. Launched at a donor meeting in Berlin, the 2015 appeal includes $2. ...

  • At least 28 killed in latest C. Africa violence 18 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am

    A man sharpens his machete as young people, who created a self-defence committee for their district Benz-vi, meet before leaving for a patrol in their district, on March 12, 2014 in BanguiAt least 28 people have died and dozens have been injured in the latest clashes between rival militias in the Central African Republic, which was ravaged by a months-long sectarian bloodbath, police said Thursday. The fighting in the diamond-rich but dirt poor former French colony pitted the so-called "anti-balaka" militia formed by the Christian majority against mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who led a March 2013 coup, a police official said. "Violent clashes broke out on Tuesday in the centre of Mbres," an official from the armed police told AFP, adding that the death toll had been given by the local Red Cross.

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