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In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades....
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Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in "full control" of eastern Mosul, after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern city almost exactly three months since the major operation started....
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Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness - the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars....
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Gambia leader's term extended as tourists are evacuated
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia said Wednesday its legislators have voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire. The president-elect has vowed to take office regardless of whether Jammeh leaves. Amid the uncertainty, tourist evacuations began....
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Attack in northern Mali kills 33, injures dozens more
GAO, Mali (AP) -- At least 33 people were killed and several dozen injured after an explosives-laden vehicle targeted a camp housing armed groups in northern Mali, a local official said Wednesday....
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46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The International Committee for the Red Cross says around 46 "severely injured" people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed....
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3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour
ROME (AP) -- A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent days....
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Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said, while local residents accused the police of using excessive force, saying the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot....
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Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?
SYDNEY (AP) -- Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible - and arguably most important - clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves....
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UK, EU take contrasting messages from May's Brexit speech
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May's promise of a clean but friendly exit from the European Union drew strikingly different responses Wednesday: optimism in Britain, skepticism on the other side of the English Channel....
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