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  • Women on Front Lines in Syria, Iraq against IS

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group. The 28-year-old Kurdish fighter, who uses a nom de ...

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  • Nigeria Declared Ebola-Free

    While many West African countries are struggling with the spread of Ebola, Nigeria has been declared free of the disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) after six weeks without any new cases—a development that is being attributed to one physician and a team of volunteers, according to ...

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  • Photographer Covering Ebola: The World Must See

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The biggest danger in a war zone is not seeing the enemy. What people face here in Liberia is a war, and no one has seen the enemy. From the balcony of the hotel that has become the de facto international Ebola crisis headquarters here, the ballet of fancy SUVs never ...

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  • Sierra Leone Reaches Final Day of Ebola Lockdown

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said. ...

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  • Sierra Leone to Shut Down for 3 Days to Slow Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — In a desperate bid to slow West Africa’s accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding. At an emergency ...

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  • Nigerian Forces Clash with Boko Haram Fighters

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning. The militants arrived Monday morning in armored tanks and trucks and tried to take over the town, said the ...

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  • Ebola Fears Infiltrate African Sports

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — It started when the small Indian Ocean island of Seychelles refused entry to Sierra Leone’s soccer squad, fearing that the deadly Ebola virus would arrive from West Africa along with the players. The decision by Seychelles health authorities two weeks ago ...

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  • Nigeria Declares National Emergency over Ebola

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president has declared the containment of the Ebola virus in Africa’s most populous nation a national emergency, his office said in a statement Friday, after the health ministry announced two more confirmed cases. The relevant agencies must ensure ...

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  • Obama Seeks ‘Long Term’ Partnership with Africa

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the federal government and private U.S. companies are investing $33 billion in Africa – $12 billion in new commitments – as part of an overall plan for his administration to strengthen its relation with the world’s second-largest ...

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