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Mugabe would have rejected WHO role, says spokesman after its U-turn

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – Robert Mugabe would have rejected the role of World Health Organization goodwill envoy had he been formally asked, his spokesman said on Tuesday, days after state media cheered the Zimbabwean president’s appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador on Wednesday at a conference in […]

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Kenyan crowd marches on election board office in Odinga stronghold town

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) – Around 2,000 Kenyans marched towards the election board offices in the city of Kisumu on Tuesday, witnesses said, responding to a call from opposition leader Raila Odinga for protests against an imminent election. Odinga is boycotting Thursday’s repeat presidential ballot. He says the contest, against incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, […]

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Top U.S. military officer seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer sought on Monday to tamp down criticism the Pentagon had not been forthcoming about the death of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger, providing a timeline of the incident and acknowledging unanswered questions remained. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. military’s […]

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African leaders join forces in pledge to stamp out child marriage

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – African political leaders, activists, and local chiefs joined forces on Monday to commit to ending child marriage in West and Central Africa, the region with the highest child marriage rate in the world. More than a third of girls in the region are married under the age […]

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U.S. mulls South Sudan pressure, cutting aid may not work; U.N. envoy

By Michelle Nichols ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The United States is considering how to pressure South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir into peace, but withdrawing aid may not work, U.S. envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ahead of a visit to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia on Tuesday. Haley plans to visit Gambella in […]

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Save the Children suspends migrant rescues in Mediterranean

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) – International humanitarian group Save the Children said on Monday it had suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea as departures from Libya slow and security conditions worsen. Save the Children has operated a ship, the Vos Hestia, since September last year, rescuing more than 10,000 migrants from dangerous and […]

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Two Somali soliders wounded in gun fight with fellow troops

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Two Somali soldiers were wounded in a gun fight with other troops on Monday, a police officer said, a worrying internal rift for a military with a history of factionalism that is fighting a resurgence by militant Islamists The al Shabaab group is suspected of being behind the country’s single deadliest attack […]

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Rwandan leader’s would-be rival Rwigara and her mother denied bail

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) – A Rwandan court denied bail on Monday to a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame who was barred from running against him in an August election and later jailed on charges of incitement and forgery that are widely seen as politically motivated. Diane Rwigara and her mother, Adeline, who […]

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Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information. The new policy limits the use of secrecy orders and calls for such orders to be issued for defined periods, Microsoft Chief […]

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Iowa pulls request to opt out of Obamacare requirements

By Susan Cornwell (Reuters) – Iowa on Monday withdrew a request to waive some Obamacare rules to help shore up its struggling healthcare insurance market, marking a setback in efforts by Republican-governed states to sidestep requirements of the Obama-era law. With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare – set […]

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising. The Facebook News Feed, the centerpiece of the world’s largest social network service, is […]

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New York opens sexual harassment probe of Weinstein Co.: source

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York attorney general has opened an investigation into sexual harassment and possible violations of civil rights laws at the Weinstein Company, the movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, and sent the company a subpoena on Monday, a source familiar with the investigation said. The subpoena, which […]

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