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Bubonic plague claims 32 lives in Madagascar

12/20/2013 5:04am
Bubonic plague, which wiped out a third of Europe's population in the Middle Ages, has reared its ugly head in the African island state of Madagascar where 32 people have died in a fresh outbreak of the so-called Black Death disease, according to health authorities.

Nigerian court: Life in prison for Christmas bomb

12/20/2013 7:49am
A Nigerian court on Friday sentenced the alleged mastermind of a 2011 Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic Church to life in prison _ but for other terrorist attacks. At least 44 people died outside St. Theresa's church when a car bombed exploded.

Congo suspends international adoptions

12/20/2013 8:53am
The Congolese government has suspended international adoptions of Congolese children, following allegations that some were abandoned by their adoptive parents, while others were "sold to homosexuals." The move by Congo further restricts foreign adoptions, following similar decisions by Russia and China.

UN alarmed at S Sudan crisis, urges political talk

12/20/2013 11:20am
The U.N. Security Council is expressing "grave alarm" at the rapidly deteriorating security crisis in South Sudan and is urging the president and ousted vice president to swiftly end the violence and promote reconciliation.

Mass wedding to promote Islamic society in Nigeria

12/20/2013 3:44pm
Islamic religious authorities married 1,111 couples at a mass wedding aimed at combating rising rates of divorce, births out of wedlock, and the number of impoverished widows and divorcees forced to make a living on the streets in Muslim northern Nigeria.