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Spain sees surge of migrants by sea from Morocco

More than 1,200 migrants have entered Spain illegally by sea over two days amid Spanish denials that Morocco failed to carry out patrols.

The interior ministry said the wave of migrants was the result of increased defences at the borders of two Spanish territories in North Africa.

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Uganda seeks to reinstate anti-gay bill

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wants to reinstate a divisive anti-gay law that was rejected by a court, but without tough penalties for consenting adults, a ruling party legislator has said.

"We agreed to come up with a new version that doesn't hurt our Western friends but also protects Ugandans," Medard Bitekyerezo said on Tuesday.

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South African prosecutor asks judge to reject Oscar Pistorius' defence

South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday to reject the Paralympic and Olympic track star's defence because it was "devoid of any truth".

Oscar Pistorius, who had his lower legs amputated as a baby, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

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Kenyan men in hiding fearing circumcision

Kenyan men from several ethnic groups in the western town of Moi's Bridge have gone into hiding fearing they will be forcibly circumcised.

This follows the forced circumcision of at least eight men in the small agricultural town by groups of youths from the Bukusu ethnic community.

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I butcher human beings in 2 minutes, says Boko Haram chief killer

The Chief Butcher of the Boko Haram sect, Zakari Mohammed Ardo, yesterday, gave a chilling description of how the terrorist group used to slaughter people they capture, saying it only takes him two minutes to butcher victims and enemies condemned to death.

Ardo, who had been reported in some media (not Vanguard) as having escaped from Police custody, said the group’s butchering committee was made up of five persons of which he is the chairman, pointing out that the other members will hold down the already tired victim while he cuts off the head.

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African Leaders commit to end hunger, poverty by 2025

African leaders have agreed to end hunger and cut poverty by 2025 with the signing of the Malabo declaration at the 23rd ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union heads of state and government.

 “Accelerated growth is essential if Africans at all levels are to achieve their aspirations for prosperity,” said AU Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.  

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Spanish Priest Contracts Ebola Virus in Liberia as Government Declares 3-Day Fasting & Prayer

The Spanish government said that an air force plane was leaving Madrid on Wednesday to pick up a Spanish priest who has tested positive for the Ebola virus in Liberia.

The Spanish Defence Ministry said the plane was leaving Madrid to pick up the patient, in line with the strict security and quarantine guidelines stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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CAR leader names new prime minister

Central African Republic President Catherine Samba Panza named the former cabinet chief of Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia as prime minister on Sunday in an effort to build a national unity government to end sectarian violence.

Mahamat Kamoun, a Muslim, will replace respected technocrat Andre Nzapayeke, who resigned last week, to allow a consensus government to be appointed in an effort to end violence between Seleka and the “anti-balaka” Christian militia.

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Nigeria army 'atrocities' uncovered

Footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International and released on Tuesday appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave.

Nigeria's military is battling an increasingly vicious Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of religiously mixed Nigeria. But its forces frequently come repeatedly under fire for human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings they usually deny.

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Nigerian quarantined in Hong Kong over Ebola

A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms during a trip to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.

The southern Chinese city government said in a statement on Sunday that the man had “tested negative for Ebola virus upon preliminary laboratory testing”.

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Uganda court annuls anti-homosexuality law

Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February.

It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

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