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South Africa cop finishes traffic ticket After getting shot by random gunman

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A traffic cop shot in his bulletproof vest at point-blank range stuck to his original guns by finishing the ticket he was writing. The dashcam video from South Africa shows officer Nizaam Alexander conducting a routine stop when he is approached from behind by a random black gunman. After the pistol initially jams, the suspect manages to get off a shot, striking the cop in the back of his vest. Officer... 

US Supreme Court accuses Nestle of child slavery in Ivory Coast

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Three of the world’s biggest food producers including Nestlé, have been indicted for using unpaid children to harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast. The US Supreme Court on Monday accused Nestlé, Archer-Daniels-Midland, and Cargill of aiding and abetting human rights violations by purchasing cocoa from Ivory Coast in full knowledge of the country’s child slavery problem. The ruling was made following... 

AU after sending 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi

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Photo shows African Union soldiers walking in a region south of the capital, Mogadishu, Somalia. The African Union (AU)’s Peace and Security Council has proposed to dispatch 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi amid the deadly violence that has killed hundreds in the country. According to an unnamed diplomat, the decision was made late Thursday. Burundi says a peacekeeping mission is not needed. “We have... 

32 dead, 80 injured in Nigeria market blast, Boko Haram claims responsibility

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At least 32 people were killed and 80 wounded after an explosive device went off at a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola, humanitarian agencies say. “Thirty-two people were killed and 80 have been injured,” Reuters quoted a Red Cross official as saying., Another official from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Sa’ad Bello, later confirmed the same numbers... 

Boko Haram surpasses ISIS as deadly terrorist group

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Fatalities from terrorism are at a record high now with just two groups, Boko Haram and Islamic State responsible for half of them, a new report showed. The Nigerian militants kill more people than their Iraqi-Syrian allies. Two terrorist groups were responsible for over a half of the killings in 2014 – Nigeria-based Boko Haram and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), which aims to expand its influence... 

World's most mysterious whale observed for first time

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The elusive Omura’s whale has been documented for the first time ever by an international group of scientists, over a decade after the mysterious mammal was described as a new species. Previously, no living Omura’s whales had been observed in the wild, according to the study published in the Royal Society Open Space journal. Researchers confirmed that they are tracing the first-detected living... 

52 killed in South Sudan clashes

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Fifty two soldiers and rebels have been killed in recent fighting in South Sudan’s troubled state of Unity. The fatalities came in recent clashes in South Sudan’s contested state of Unity, said a military official on Saturday, blaming the rebels in the country for breaching a peace agreement signed last month. According to military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer, “The clashes, which started Monday... 

Malawi teacher arrested over trying to sell albino girl

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The Malawian police have arrested a teacher on charges of trying to sell an albino schoolgirl for thousands of dollars. On Tuesday, Phillip Ngulube was detained in Mzuzu, the capital city of Malwai’s Northern Region, while trying to sell an albino high school student to a Tanzanian man. Ngulube was “caught by police on his way to selling the girl to an alleged Tanzanian businessman for six... 

US warns of possible Terrorist Attack in South Africa

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A South African traffic police car parked in front of the United States embassy in Pretoria. The United States has warned its citizens in South Africa of a possible attack by “extremists” against American government and business interests. The US embassy in Pretoria said in a statement on its website Tuesday that US facilities or interests are potential targets of extremist groups, a rare... 

African Union base stormed in Somalia

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Al-Shabab militants in Somalia. Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants have attacked an African Union (AU) base in Janale district, near Mogadishu. The militants reportedly rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the base before storming the compound on Tuesday. The AU says its forces managed to fend off the attack. The AU force in Somalia, known as AMISOM, said AU troops were in control of... 

Mali hotel hostage crisis ends with 13 dead

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Malian armed forces have put an end to a hostage-taking drama at a hotel in the center of the country that left 13 people dead. The military operation at the Hotel Byblos in the town of Sevare “has ended and the hotel has been cleared,” a military source said on Saturday of the standoff that started a day earlier. Lt. Col. Diarran Kone, Mali’s Defense Ministry adviser, said that... 

UN OKs anti-wildlife trafficking resolution

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The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution that tackles smuggling of endangered wildlife. The resolution was approved unanimously by the 193-member world body on Thursday. Although the resolution is not legally binding, its universal support reflects growing global opposition to the escalating poaching and trafficking, especially in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns. Gabon and... 

AU launches offensive on Shabab militants

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Somali army soldiers stand around the body of a killed al-Shabab militant on July 10, 2015 following an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu. African Union (AU) forces have launched a fresh offensive against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, vowing to flush out the terrorists. AU’s mission in Somalia, AMISOM, announced in a statement that “Operation Jubba Corridor” begun... 

Cholera outbreak kills at least 18 in South Sudan

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South Sudan’s Health Ministry says at least 18 people have died of cholera in the strife-torn country, which has declared an outbreak of the highly contagious disease. Minster of Health Riek Gai Kok told reporters on Tuesday that the outbreak began in crowded UN bases in the capital, Juba, where tens of thousands have been sheltering due to the war in the poverty-stricken country. Other cases have... 

Gambian president threatens to kill homosexuals

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The president of the tiny African nation of The Gambia has reportedly threatened to kill any homosexuals in his country, adding to his long-time record of cracking down on homosexuality. “If you do it [in The Gambia] I will slit your throat,” President Yahya Jammeh said in a public speech in the Wolof language, cited by VICE News. “If you are a man and want to marry another man in... 
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