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Conflicting Accounts in Niger Ambush Are Subject of Pentagon Investigation

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:38:52 GMT

The coffin of Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, who was killed in an ambush in Niger this month, at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. American and Nigerien soldiers involved in the attack have given conflicting accounts.Nigerien officials have said that a convoy gave chase to Islamic militants who later returned to ambush them, but American troops say they didn’t pursue the militants before the attack.

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Global Health: The Long War on Polio, as Recalled by Its Generals

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:51:18 GMT

Dr. Naveed Sadozai, left, describes efforts to vaccinate sheepherders in Afghanistan in a recent “Coffee With Polio Experts” video posted to YouTube.“Coffee With Polio Experts” videos may be amateurish, but they are full of insights explaining why polio eradication has been such a struggle.

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Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:19:50 GMT

Aminata Conteh, 8, awaiting cataract surgery at a hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Two years after surviving Ebola, Aminata had a cataract, a debilitating complication from the disease that has affected children as young as 5.Cataracts usually afflict the old, but doctors in Africa have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as 5.

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Kenyan Election Official Fears New Vote Won’t Be Credible

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:57:08 GMT

The Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, right, at a rally in Mombasa on Sunday. Mr. Odinga was defeated in a presidential election in August, but the Supreme Court annulled the results. He said he would withdraw from the new election because its fairness could not be guaranteed.The chairman of the electoral commission accused the top political parties of interfering with the election, scheduled for next week.

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U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Issues Warning on South Sudan

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:07:07 GMT

South Sudanese refugees after crossing into Uganda in June. More than two million people have fled South Sudan and nearly two million have been displaced.The under secretary general for peacekeeping exhorted South Sudan’s antagonists to “bring the country back from the impending abyss.”

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Frugal Traveler: Navigating Sometimes Chaotic, Always Fascinating Addis Ababa

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:23:14 GMT

Holy Trinity Cathedral, also known as the Haile Selassie church, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Not only can the Ethiopian capital be done inexpensively, you will also find fascinating cultural landmarks, wonderful food and an almost unparalleled coffee culture.

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Somalia Blasts Expose Security Failings and Possible Shabab Infiltration

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:48:03 GMT

Somali security forces at the scene of the double truck bombings in Mogadishu, the capital, which killed at least 270 people on Saturday.Even in a country accustomed to pervasive violence, the double truck bombings that killed hundreds in Mogadishu on Saturday were a shock.

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Truck Explosions Kill Hundreds in Somalia

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:34:03 GMT

More than 270 were killed and hundreds injured in Mogadishu on Saturday, in twin blasts that officials called one of the deadliest attacks to hit the capital since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

Mogadishu Truck Bombings Are Deadliest Attack in Decades

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:50:25 GMT

On Sunday morning, emergency crews continued to pull bodies from the buildings demolished by the blasts.With at least 270 people dead, suspicion fell on the Shabab, a militant group that has been losing ground but, it now appears, perhaps not strength.

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Truck Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Somalia’s Capital

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:15:26 GMT

A powerful truck bomb left a trail of destruction across a busy intersection in Mogadishu on Saturday.The explosion, which injured more than a dozen others, targeted a busy road and was described as the most powerful blast in years.

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