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Supporters of gay rights won a victory at the United Nations Monday when an African attempt to suspend the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity failed.
 
Tanzanian rats will train to sniff out trafficked pangolins
The pangolin, a scaly anteater coveted by poachers, might have a new champion: rats that will be trained to sniff out trafficked pangolin parts in shipments heading from Africa to Asia.
 
Vintage biplanes on cross-Africa trek land in Sudan
A dozen biplanes taking part in a vintage air rally bound for Cape Town arrived in Sudan's capital on Sunday, with one participant walking away from a bad landing.
 
Police officers have killed four suspected extremists in Kenya's volatile Mandera County, a border region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab.
 
Ten people died when an overcrowded ferry on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert capsized in strong winds, local police said.
 
Abuse victims confront Tunisia's old demons
Victims of rape and torture under successive dictatorships started testifying on live television Thursday as Tunisia -- in a rare move for the Arab world -- tries to deal with decades of abuse.
 
At least 73 killed in Mozambique truck blast
At least 73 people were killed and scores more injured when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique on Thursday, the nation's public radio announced.
 
A court in Ivory Coast found two men guilty of public indecency after they were accused of engaging in same-sex sexual acts, local activists said Wednesday.
 
Corruption a big challenge in Europe, Asia: study
One in three people in Europe and Central Asia see corruption as one of the greatest challenges for their countries, but a similar number fear retaliation if they speak out against it, according to a study released on Wednesday by an international corruption watchdog.
 
More than 360 mostly American companies and investors, including a dozen Fortune 500 firms, called Wednesday on Donald Trump to uphold the 196-nation Paris climate pact.
 
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