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Man’s racist rant sparks social media outcry

In video apparently taken on a beach in an unknown place, the man who was named in South African news reports and on social media as Adam Catzavelos, uses a derogatory term for black people widely known in South Africa as the K-word.The video has caused widespread outrage since a Twitter user posted it on the platform on Tuesday. The hashtag #AdamCatzavelos has since been
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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at age 80

Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff.He had also been a member, since 2007, of The Elders, a humanitarian group of a dozen leaders and activists of worldwide stature formed by Nelson Mandela. In 2013, Annan became its chairman.The Kofi
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44 dead in Congo Ebola outbreak

Of those cases, 51 are confirmed, and 27 are probable. This includes 44 deaths. The reported cases are in five health zones in North Kivu and one health zone in Ituri, but all of the cases are linked to the "outbreak epi-center" in Mangina, the agency said.In addition, 10 health care workers have become infected with the disease. Nine of those cases are confirmed, and the
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Nigerian girls win US contest for app that spots fake drugs

Despite their limited tech knowledge, the Nigerian teens learned how to build a mobile app from scratch by using opensource software from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The app, called FD-Detector, helps users identify fake medicines using a drug's barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date. "I feel very excited and relieved. I'm extremely
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41 dead in Ebola outbreak in Congo

The country's Ministry of Health announced Monday that 57 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region: 30 confirmed and 27 probable. The outbreak has left 41 people dead, according to the World Health Organization.WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited the city of Beni and the Mangina area in North Kivu. Mangina, which is about 30
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Ethiopian Airlines bids to run Nigeria’s new national carrier

Nigeria unveiled plans for Nigeria Air, its new airline last month, and Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika indicated that it was in the market for investors to manage the carrier.After enjoying a very successful financial year in which it carried its 10 millionth passenger, Ethiopian Airlines claims it is in the lead to take that role."We are among a small group
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Hippo kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

The attack took place Saturday evening at Lake Naivasha, about 58 miles from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Chang Ming Chuang, 65, was with a colleague taking pictures of the hippo on the shores of the lake when the animal attacked. Chuang was taken to the Naivasha District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chuang's colleague, Wu Peng Te, 62, survived the attack