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On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.

South Africa's 'spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in

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SOWETO, South Africa - In this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now it's been overshadowed by a shopping center and business has only gotten worse for Grace, a 68-year-old shopowner.

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South Africa's ANC set for two-thirds majority: poll

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is on course to win nearly a two-thirds majority in May 7 elections, a poll showed on Sunday, confounding analysts who had predicted a fall in support for South Africa's ruling party 20 years after the end of apartheid.

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Sat, Apr 19 2014

Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

- An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighboring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

DUBAI - Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation.

World, United Nations, Africa 19 Apr 2014

Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

DUBAI - Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the African nation.

World, United Nations, Africa 19 Apr 2014

Fri, Apr 18 2014

Nigeria Islamists still holding 85 schoolgirls after raid: state

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girls it abducted from a raid on a secondary school in northeastern Borno state this week, although the other 44 were free, the state government said on Saturday.

World, Africa 18 Apr 2014

South Sudan deploys army to guard U.N. base after attack kills dozens

NAIROBI - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Africa 18 Apr 2014

Burundi creates reconciliation body that divides public opinion

BUJUMBURA - Burundi, locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended in 2005, has created a reconciliation commission that opposition parties say will shield the ruling party from accountability for past crimes.

World, United Nations, Africa 18 Apr 2014

The robot is ready - so when will deep sea mining start?

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NEWCASTLE, England/LONDON - The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.

Africa, United Nations 18 Apr 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.