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U.N. chief to appoint New Zealand lawmaker as South Sudan envoy

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to name New Zealand lawmaker David Shearer as head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, which has been wracked by violence since 2013.

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Somali forces retake port town from faction loyal to Islamic State

QANDALA, Somalia Soldiers loyal to Somalia's government retook control of a port town on Wednesday from insurgents who had declared allegiance to Islamic State, officials there said.

World, Dec 07 2016

Morocco says four migrants drown, 34 rescued

RABAT Four African migrants drowned and 34 were rescued after their boat sank in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Moroccan authorities said.

World, Dec 07 2016

South Sudan deports AP journalist, agency says it is over his reporting

NAIROBI South Sudan has deported a journalist working for the international Associated Press news agency, and the reporter said on Wednesday that it was because his reporting was critical of the government.

World, Dec 07 2016

Congo official flags budget worries over already delayed election

KINSHASA The Democratic Republic of Congo's government may struggle to afford presidential elections in 2018 due to soaring costs, the electoral commission head said on Tuesday, adding a potential stumbling block to a vote that has already been postponed once.

World, Congo, Dec 06 2016

Suspected Islamist militants free 93 prisoners from Mali jail

BAMAKO Suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an attack on a jail in the central Mali town of Niono early on Tuesday, officials said.

World, Mali Dec 06 2016