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Questions of human rights abuses abound

(GIN) – At a 2-day China-Africa summit held in Sharm El-Shaik, Egypt, China's premier pledged a generous $10 billion in new much-needed low interest loans to African nations over three years.


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How one woman went to Afghanistan with $100 in her pocket

In 2004, Liz Grover bought a one-way ticket to Afghanistan. All she had in her pocket was a friend's address and $100 ... After the 9/11 attacks Grover was disturbed by the wave of anti-Muslim feeling that tended to lump all Muslims together as extremists. So she decided to go to the source and meet Muslim people on their own territory. "It wasn't easy to do this," she admits. "I was just about to turn 23. I'm willing to take chances, but I get scared like everyone else" ...


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Until 1994, South Africa's system of Apartheid forbade people of different "races" to use the same stores, to attend the same schools or to reside under the same roof. Those oppressive segregation laws came to rip an Afrikaner family apart after the wife gave birth to a baby with dark skin and nappy hair in 1955 ...


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KABUL (AP) -- NATO-led forces have recovered the remains of three American military contractors from the wreckage of a U.S. Army reconnaissance plane that crashed two weeks ago in the rugged mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, the military said Tuesday...


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(GIN) - South African riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at crowds of protesters in two communities east of Johannesburg who are demanding better housing, running water and electricity in their townships...


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UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) -- He's got a book deal, and a movie could be in the works. He's been to the White House to meet the president, to the Queen Mary ocean liner for a vacation and back to his modest 1830s Vermont farmhouse. He gives motivational speeches on the lecture circuit. Now, six months after his high-seas drama with Somali pirates finished with a happy ending, Capt. Richard Phillips is contemplating calling it quits ...


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(GIN) – In what may be one of its biggest overseas oil deals, a Chinese state-owned oil company is preparing to sign 16 oil licenses, making it the owner of some of the world's richest oil blocks located in Nigeria...


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(GIN) – Over 300 sq miles of farmland in Tanzania has been bought by South Korea – the latest in a series of deals between Africa and land-scarce countries abroad...


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GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) _ Hulking gray naval frigates fanned out across the Gulf of Aden have combined with monsoon storms to sharply reduce pirate attacks in the world's busiest shipping lanes in recent weeks.
But the commanding officer of the European Union armada warned Tuesday that it is too early to declare victory over heavily armed Somali pirates in tiny, fast-moving skiffs...


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One of the summer's biggest blockbusters -- a sci-fi morality tale about aliens and apartheid -- is not welcome in Nigeria because of its portrayal of Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals, Nigeria's information minister said Saturday.

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