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Ebola, Boko Haram on agenda

Conflict in Africa, especially the violence of Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda as African leaders gather for their annual summit this week.
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 the continent when they meet at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital today and tomorrow.
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Dozens missing after boat sinks

An overloaded fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia sank in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh yesterday and 24 passengers are missing, police said.
Emergency workers rescued 32 Bangladeshis in the Bay of Bengal after the boat capsized some 2.5km offshore, but others are still unaccounted for, police said.
"Around two dozen people are still missing. The coast guard and police are continuing their rescue operation," local police chief Masud Alam said.
"The rescued passengers told us that the boat had up to 60 people aboard," Alam told AFP.
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Taliban attacks kill 15

Afghan officials say a roadside bombing in the country's east killed four people, including a policeman, while a Taliban attack on a checkpoint the previous night left 11 dead.
Spokesperson Sarhadi Zwak in eastern Laghman province says the roadside bombing took place in the provincial capital of Mihtarlam on Thursday morning.
Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor in central Ghazni province, says Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Andar district on Wednesday night, killing 11 members of a pro-government militia and wounding six.
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AU, China in huge infrastructure deal

China and the African Union (AU) agreed on Tuesday to an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.
African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at "the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner", although the ambitious project that includes highways and high speed railways is at present just a commitment to develop the infrastructure, and contains few details.
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Iran warns Israel

Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the January 18 attack on forces supporting President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war.
Israel has not officially acknowledged carrying out the attack, but was already warned last week of an eventual response.
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White Zim farmers face new threat

Most of Zimbabwe’s white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new evictions linked to the country’s long-running political turmoil.
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Massive snowstorm hits New York

A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the US Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.
The potentially historic storm which could affect 20% of the US population, caused several states up and down the East Coast to declare emergencies, forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, closed major mass transit hubs and schools.
Officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 90cm of snow on the region.
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Zambia gets first female vice-president

Zambia has its first female vice-president since gaining independence in 1964.
Inonge Mutukwa Wina, Patriotic Front national chairperson since 2006, was announced as the deputy to newly-elected Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu on Monday.
Lungu made the announcement when he appointed his partial Cabinet at a press conference in the capital Lusaka.
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Ten killed as jet crashes in Spain

Eight French nationals and two Greeks were killed and 21 people injured when a Greek fighter plane crashed during Nato training in Spain on Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.
The F-16 crashed at about 15:20 (14:20 GMT) shortly after taking off at a training centre in Albacete, 260km south-east of the capital Madrid.
“There are also quite a lot of people injured... Ten French people, 11 Italians,” Rajoy said in an interview with Telecinco TV.
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Liberia closes Ebola centre

Liberia’s president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus’s worst outbreak in history, as the disease’s spread has slowed in the country.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned Liberians that while they could not yet afford to relax, the country had made significant progress in the fight against Ebola, and thanked states who helped Monrovia combat the virus.
“Lofa, the epicentre of the virus, has had no new cases for over 70 days,” she said in the speech at the national parliament.
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