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March meeting to plan rebuilding of Ebola-hit states
News ImageBy Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Governments and international organisations plan to meet in March to work out how to rebuild three West African nations whose economies have been shattered by Ebola, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday. The number of newly detected cases of Ebola virus infection has been dropping sharply in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in recent weeks. The World Bank in January projected they would lose $1.6 billion in income this year, over 12 percent of their combined economic output. "The plans at the moment are for a conference to look at the needs of reconstruction organised by the countries themselves, by the United Nations, by the African Union and by the European Union," said David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:41:41 -0500
Lakers stop 9-game skid, beat Bulls 123-118 in double OT
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) When the Los Angeles Lakers blew a nine-point lead in 70 seconds late in regulation, they certainly seemed to be careening straight toward another loss in overtime.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:26:53 -0500
South Africa's 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer de Kock up for parole
News ImageApartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, will learn on Friday whether he will be released on parole after 20 years in prison. Justice Minister Michael Masutha is due to announce his decision on de Kock's application for parole at 0730 GMT at a news conference in Pretoria. Masutha will also announce his decision on the medical parole application of right-wing politician Clive Derby-Lewis, who masterminded the 1993 assassination of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. As head of an apartheid counter-insurgency unit at Vlakplaas, a farm 20 km (15 miles) west of Pretoria, de Kock is believed to have been responsible for more atrocities than any other man in the efforts to preserve white rule.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:24:08 -0500
Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap
News ImageTOKYO (AP) Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remained in limbo Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:21:59 -0500
African Union backs plan for regional task force to fight Boko Haram
News ImageBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union has endorsed a West African plan to set up a regional task force of 7,500 to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants, a senior official said on Thursday, a vital step towards securing U.N. Security Council backing. Neighbours Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed earlier this month to call on the African Union (AU) to seek U.N. Security Council support for their plan to take on insurgents who are fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has made incursions into neighbouring Cameroon and threatens the stability of a region that includes Niger and Chad. The next step is to submit (approval) to the U.N. Security Council," Smail Chergui, the commissioner of the AU's Peace and Security Council, told reporters on the sidelines of an African summit in Addis Ababa.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:17:53 -0500
On Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food
CHICAGO (AP) While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:17:23 -0500
Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan
News ImageKHOST, Afghanistan (AP) Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:15:05 -0500
Lawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash
News ImageCOMPTON, Calif. (AP) Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers, his lawyer said. Authorities said the incident was being investigated as a homicide.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:14:59 -0500
Chad army retakes Nigerian town from Boko Haram
News ImageBy Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY (Reuters) - Troops from Chad have driven Boko Haram fighters from a northern Nigeria border town seized by the Islamist militants late last year, military sources stationed in neighbouring Niger said on Thursday. Chad's involvement in retaking the town comes as the regional military heavyweight assumes an increasingly aggressive role in combating the militants and regional leaders weigh new options for containing the movement's spread. Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in its struggle to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, seized the town of Malam Fatori in November, sending government soldiers stationed there fleeing across the nearby border into Niger. "This morning the Chadians retook Malam Fatori.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:14:50 -0500
South African power cuts hold off doomsday as sector seeks rescue
By Peroshni Govender JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Days of rolling blackouts this week have blighted South African society and business, and they face an increasing number of outages in years to come. Bordered by tiny, war-scarred or impoverished states such as Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Africa's most advanced economy cannot rely on help to power its 42,000 MW electricity network and has nobody to turn to if the lights go out. State power firm Eskom has implemented rolling blackouts for almost a year as its old, deteriorating infrastructure buckles under the strain. They are a last-resort measure to avoid total failure of the power system. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:12:26 -0500
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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:03:58 -0500
Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft
News ImageWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:03:23 -0500
Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying
News ImageFALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:02:27 -0500
Cardinals' Peterson wins Madden Bowl over Eagles' McCoy
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rain drenched the Madden Bowl party but didn't keep partygoers from being glued to the action on screens and mingling with the NFL stars in attendance. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:55:16 -0500
Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight reportedly involved in deadly hit-and-run
News ImageLos Angeles police say rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is a "person of interest" in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another person in the hospital. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Trina Schrader said Knight was a "person of interest" in the case but gave no other details. The co-founder of Death Row Records ran over two bystanders as he tried to flee a fight on a film set in the city of Compton in southern Los Angeles, Knight's attorney James Blatt told Entertainment Weekly. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Rouzan told AFP there was a fatal traffic collision at 2:55 pm (2255 GMT), leaving one man dead and another person in the hospital.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:54:39 -0500
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