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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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  • Ugandan Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Activists erupted in cheers after the court ruled the law “null and ...

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  • Liberia President Orders New Anti-Ebola Measures

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the measures late Sunday after ...

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