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More than 100 victims tell UN of peacekeeper sex abuse
More than 100 victims have come forward in the Central African Republic with appalling new accounts of sexual abuse, including bestiality, by UN peacekeepers and French troops, the United Nations said Thursday.
 
Libya unity government looks to assert authority in Tripoli
Libya's unity government received a boost to its authority Thursday, as 10 cities formerly under control of a rival militia-backed Tripoli body pledged support to the newly arrived prime minister-designate.
 
A U.S.-based advocacy group says 98 girls in Central African Republic reported they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.
 
South African President Jacob Zuma "failed to uphold" the constitution when he didn't pay back some of the millions of dollars in state funds used to upgrade his home, South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.
 
Boko Haram seized hundreds of children from a remote town in northeast Nigeria in late 2014 but initial calls to report the kidnapping were ignored with locals fearful of the government's response, residents told AFP on Wednesday.
 
As Islamist protesters turned up the pressure on the Pakistani government this week to hang Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five convicted of blasphemy, one man is risking his own life to stand between her and the gallows.
 
Head of UN-backed government sails to Libyan capital
TRIPOLI, Libya -- The head of a U.N.-brokered Libyan unity government arrived in the capital by sea Wednesday to set up a temporary seat of power in a naval base despite threats from competing factions, which prevented him from arriving by air.
 
US group says 98 girls in CAfrican Republic sexually abused
UNITED NATIONS -- A U.S.-based advocacy group said Wednesday that 98 girls in Central African Republic reported they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed, and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.
 
Central African Republic's new president Faustin-Archange Touadera on Wednesday pledged to "preserve peace" as he was sworn in after polls aimed at restoring stability following three years of turmoil.
 
Egypt plane hijacker arrested, passengers freed
An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane during a routine domestic flight to Cairo and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus on Tuesday has surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew.
 
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