Ali A. Mazrui, controversial African scholar, dies at 81

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The Kenyan-born Dr. Mazrui authored many books and hosted a documentary on African heritage.

    Ali A. Mazrui, controversial African scholar, dies at 81

    Ali A. Mazrui, controversial African scholar, dies at 81

    The Kenyan-born Dr. Mazrui authored many books and hosted a documentary on African heritage.

    Steenkamp family ‘satisfied’ with Pistorius sentence

    Steenkamp family ‘satisfied’ with Pistorius sentence

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    Losing track of the living and the dead

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    Nigeria declared Ebola-free

    Nigeria declared Ebola-free

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    On Ebola’s front line

    As the Ebola epidemic continues, patients in Liberia celebrate recovery from deadly disease.

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    In Ebola-ravaged Liberia, churches serve as a rare gathering place.

    Struggling to contain Ebola epidemic

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    South Sudan faces famine amid civil war

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    Governments move to stop the epidemic from spreading further as the death toll from the virus continues to grow.

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    Fighting continues at Tripoli airport

    Libyan militias battled for control of the capital’s airport, fighting that killed at least three people, a security official said.

    Israeli action in Gaza triggers protests

    Demonstrators in India, Venezuela and other countries rally against the continued bloodshed in the region.

    Explosion in Nigeria kills at least 21

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    French photojournalist killed in Africa

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    South Africa begins voting

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