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    Confusion, Anger Grow As Congo Faces Sunday’s Election

    By MATHILDE BOUSSION, Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As Congo hurtles toward Sunday's already troubled election, the opposition on Tuesday urged mobile phone companies to disable SIM cards provided for voting machines as concerns grow...

    Happy holidays? Not in Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis

    By The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Christmas lights are up in Zimbabwe's capital but the mood is less than festive as the country grapples with an economic crisis that prevents many families...

    South African Musician Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery

    By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the...

    Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220

    By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning. At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night...

    Megan Markle’s Father Appeals For Her To Call Home

    By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Meghan Markle's father has appealed to his daughter to call him, saying they hadn't been in touch since her wedding to Prince Harry in May. Thomas Markle told ITV...

    US Conducts 6 Airstrikes Against Somalia Extremists, 62 Dead

    By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels. In a statement issued...

    Remove or Keep a Statue? South Africa Debates Painful Legacy

    By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years....

    South Sudan Starts Planning for Life beyond War, Cautiously

    By Sam Mednick, The Associated Press For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future. Seated at a restaurant...

    Death Of 7-Year-Old On Border Raises Questions

    By COLLEEN LONG and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a...

    Gunman Kills 4, Then Himself, After Mass at Brazil Cathedral

    By PETER PRENGAMAN and C.H. GARDINER, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before taking...

    Frederick Douglass Global Fellow Returns ‘Empowered’ From South Africa

    By AFRO Staff A 20-year-old Albany University Biology major has returned from a study abroad trip in South Africa, an experience he describes as “extraordinary” and “empowering.” Chiagoziem “Sylvester” Agu, a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow of...

    Congo’s Kabila Doesn’t Rule out Seeking Presidency in Future

    By CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after this month's election but he doesn't rule out seeking the post again in the future. In a rare interview...

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