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S. African anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87
Celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, died early Tuesday aged 87.
 
Six aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush: UN
Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, the U.N. said Sunday, the latest such attack in the country suffering a famine blamed on brutal civil war.
 
French Guiana tensions mount before strike
French Guiana came to a standstill Sunday on the eve of a major strike which has elbowed its way into France's presidential campaign.
 
Congolese militia beheads  more than 40 police: officials
A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official said Saturday.
 
Congo war crimes victims awarded US$250 by ICC
In its first such decision, the International Criminal Court on Friday awarded US$250 dollars as "symbolic" damages to each victim of a former Congolese warlord, a sum swiftly dismissed as meaningless by those who lost homes and loved ones in a militia attack on their village 14 years ago.
 
NGO fears death of at least 240 migrants in Mediterranean
A Spanish aid organization says it has recovered five bodies from waters off the Libyan coast and fears that at least 240 migrants could have died after two boats capsized in the Mediterranean.
 
China demand fuels African donkey slaughter
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine.
 
Famine looming in Somalia as people flee
Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighboring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.
 
100,000 starve while South Sudan buying weapons: UN
South Sudan's government is spending at least half its budget on security and weapons while 100,000 people are dying of starvation as a result of famine caused mainly by an upsurge in government military operations, U.N. experts said in a new report.
 
Pirates release oil tanker crew: officials
Somali pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker earlier this week after five years without a major hijacking in the region have released the ship and its crew without conditions, officials said late Thursday.
 
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