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Trump denies ‘racist slur’ that provoked outrage

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” but admitted in a tweet that he used “tough” language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the…

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Israel orders African refugees to leave country within three months or face prison

NEWS DESK: The Israeli government has ordered thousands of African refugees and migrants to leave the country within three months or face prison, reported The Independent with additional input from agencies. The Population and Immigration Authority called this week on those from Sudan and Eritrea to leave “to their country or to a third country”,…

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French president faces backlash for racist remarks

NEWS DESK: French President Emmanuel Macron appeared no less than a sweetheart during the election campaign. However, he has landed himself in hot water after his suggestion that poor African women have too many babies. The French president used a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg to say that wanton reproduction often made…

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Adelaide turns Asian for India-Pakistan clash

ADELAIDE, Australia: Cricket excitement reached fever pitch on Sunday as defending champions India took on Pakistan in a World Cup blockbuster touted as the most watched encounter in the history of the sport. The refurbished Adelaide Oval resembled a sea of blue and green — the respective colours of India and Pakistan — as fans…

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Fans in search of African World Cup glory

HAMILTON: Hundreds of African fans thronged the Seddon Park stadium to watch South Africa play Zimbabwe in the opening Pool B game on Sunday, hoping and praying for the first African team to win the World Cup. No African team has won the World Cup since the launch of the 50-over event in 1975 with…

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African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

ETHIOPIA: African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola. While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across…

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African tribesmen kill six lions after livestock attack

ARUSHA: Angry Maasai herders in Tanzania killed six lions that had attacked livestock, in the latest clash between man and beast in the region. The government said it was “saddened to learn that six lions, an endangered species” were killed overnight Thursday in the northern Babati District, adding it would attempt to identify and prosecute…

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Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

GENEVA: The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever…

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Ebola rampant in 3 African countries as deaths near 4,000

GENEVA: The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed 3,879 people out of 8,033 cases by the end of Oct. 5, with no evidence that the epidemic was being brought under control in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two worst-hit countries, still only had 21 percent…

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200 Ebola infected, dead in West African country

FREETOWN: Sierra Leone's controversial Ebola lockdown has uncovered some 150 new cases of the deadly virus in addition to around 70 bodies previously unaccounted for, according to the authorities, who said they may repeat the campaign. “We have an overflow of bodies which we still need to bury but this has been an everyday occurence since…

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Giant African snails seized

LOS ANGELES: US customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, considered a delicacy in Nigeria but also voracious pests that can eat paint and stucco off houses, officials said on Monday. Weighing nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kg) each, including their shells, and measuring about 6…

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West African authorities adopt common strategy to fight Ebola

ACCRA: West African countries and international health organizations adopted a fresh strategy on Thursday to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. At a two-day meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, officials committed to better surveillance to detect cases of the virus, enhance cross-border…

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Death toll in W African Ebola outbreak rises to 467: WHO

GENEVA: The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has risen sharply to 467, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday. Giving the latest update on the disease which has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the WHO said there have now been 759 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in…

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North African dust stimulates monsoons

PARIS:  Desert dust from North Africa and the Arabian peninsula stimulates monsoon rains over India, said a study Sunday suggesting that desertification from global warming may boost these seasonal downpours. Analysis of satellite data showed that dusty conditions in North Africa and West Asia were followed within days by stronger monsoon rains in the subcontinent,…

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Muslim exodus threatens food crisis in C. African Republic

BANGUI: An exodus of Muslim traders fleeing attacks by Christian militia in Central African Republic has pushed food markets there to the brink of collapse, threatening the nation with even deeper crisis.The United Nations estimates that 1.3 million people – more than a quarter of the population – are already in need of urgent food…

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Two protesters killed in clash with South African police

JOHANNESBURG: Two people were killed during a clash with South African police on Monday when residents of a village marched to a nearby town in North West province to protest about water shortages, police said.The incident is the latest in a series of confrontations between police and protesters angry at poor public services in Africa's…

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Celebrations in Central African Republic as leader resigns

N'DJAMENA/BANGUI: Central African Republic's interim leaders caved in to international pressure and resigned on Friday after failing to halt inter-religious violence, prompting street celebrations but also questions over who would step in to take charge.The resignations of President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye came at a two-day summit of the Economic Community of…

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African migrants abandon Israeli detention centre in protest march

JERUSALEM: More than 100 African migrants have abandoned an “open” Israeli detention centre to try to march on Jerusalem in protest at a law allowing authorities to keep them in custody indefinitely, activists said on Monday. Israel views most of the more than 50,000 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants who have crossed its border on foot…

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Israel approves detention without charges for African migrants

JERUSALEM: Israel's parliament has moved to ensure African migrants who enter the country illegally can be held without charge, despite a Supreme Court ruling that had struck down a previous detention law.Legislation approved late on Monday set a maximum detention period of one year for new illegal migrants, a change from a term of up…

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South African players caught tempering with the ball

Staff ReportDUBAI: South African players were caught on camera tempering with a ball during the third day of the second test against Pakistan in Dubai, SAMAA reported Friday.TV cameras showed South African player Faf du Plessis rubbing the red ball against his trouser’s zip and bowler Vernon Philander scratching it with his first finger nail.The…

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South African teams must include at last one black player

CAPE TOWN: All South African first class teams must include at least one black African player from Oct. 16, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Sunday.CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the initiative was part of a drive to make cricket more representative of South Africa's population.Only five black African players have represented South Africa…

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