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More than 18,000 scientists, campaigners and donors opened a major AIDS conference in South Africa on Monday, hailing progress against the disease but warning that recent gains were under threat.
 
Global AIDS conference exposes South Africa's dramatic change in outlook
The first time the world came to South Africa for a conference on AIDS, the country's leader shocked attendees by questioning whether HIV really caused the disease.
 
South Sudan violence tops African Union summit agenda
Renewed fighting in South Sudan that has claimed more than 300 lives is set to dominate an African Union summit due to open Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
 
Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, which bars women from traveling abroad, obtaining a passport, marrying or exiting prison without the consent of a male relative, remains the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the kingdom, according to a report released Sunday by a leading human rights group.
 
Stench of death hangs over South Sudan capital
The smell of rotting bodies drifts across the central hospital in South Sudan's capital Juba, victims being taken for mass burial, shot during violence threatening a return to all out war.
 
A gunman's bullet has shattered the jaw of a newspaper editor in Lesotho, and the publisher faces defamation charges because of a column that satirized the military commander in the landlocked southern Africa country.
 
Fears of further fighting even as South Sudan's cease-fire in place
A heavily armed Ugandan military convoy crossed into South Sudan on Thursday to evacuate citizens trapped in the capital Juba as fears persist that recent days of intense fighting might reignite despite a cease-fire.
 
Freed Zimbabwe protester calls for strikes
The Zimbabwean pastor who has emerged as leader of a new protest movement against President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian government called on Thursday for further strikes and shutdowns.
 
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir called on arch-rival Riek Machar on Thursday to meet for talks to salvage peace after days of intense gun battles in the capital Juba.
 
A suspected extremist being held at a police station in western Kenya grabbed a gun and shot at police officers, killing four, leading to a hostage situation, an official said Thursday.
 
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