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Uganda has started its largest Ebola vaccine trial to date, health authorities announced Monday, in an apparent effort to prevent the disease from spreading.  An epidemic across the border in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo has killed over 1,800 people, making this outbreak the second-deadliest to date, with fatality rates…

In a cacophonous sentencing hearing filled with profanity and nudity, a Ugandan court has found activist Stella Nyanzi guilty of “cyber harassment” for posting a poem on Facebook that harshly criticized President Yoweri Museveni. Nyanzi was sentenced Friday to 18 months in Luzira Women’s Prison, in suburban Kampala. She has…

Saudi officials have hailed as “historic” new rights granted to women in Saudi Arabia that further dismantle its heavily criticized guardianship system, but male relatives could still find ways to thwart these freedoms. Thousands of Saudi women took to social media to celebrate royal decrees on Friday that allow women…

Unemployment in South Africa has hit a 16-year high of 29 percent, according to the nation’s statistics bureau. Newly re-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa swore his top priority would be job creation.  But analysts and jobseekers alike say that he needs to address deep rifts within his party before he can…

After two mass shootings in a span of 13 hours, there have now been more than 250 such events this year in which at least four people were shot or killed, besides the shooter. Officials in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, report 29 fatalities and at least 50 injured…

The United States and the United Nations have condemned an Islamic State-claimed deadly bombing against a minibus transporting media professionals in Afghanistan. Afghan officials said the bus was carrying staff of privately-run Khorshid TV in Kabul on Sunday when a bomb placed inside the vehicle went off. The blast killed…

A Nigerian court on Monday granted the leader of the country’s main Shia group, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, permission to leave prison in order to travel abroad for medical treatment. Abdullahi Usman a spokesman for the group told The Associated Press that the court granted Zakzaky and his wife medical leave…

На українському міжбанківському валютному ринку третю сесію поспіль слабшає національна валюта. За даними сайту «Мінфін», на 12:00 котирування сягнули 25 гривень 71–76 копійок за долар. Тенденції міжбанку відбив у довідковому значенні курсу Національний банк України. Опівдні регулятор оприлюднив показник 25 гривень 74 копійки за долар, це на 20 копійок більше…

The Mexican government plans to evaluate the possibility of extraditing the U.S. man accused of killing 20 people, including six Mexican citizens, in El Paso over the weekend and hopes the shooting will result in changes to America’s gun laws. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will…

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will not deploy short- or medium-range nuclear weapons unless in response to U.S. deployments. His comments Monday come after a meeting with his security council concerning Washington’s withdrawal Friday from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Putin says “our actions will be exclusively…

Nigerian technologist Chinenye Udeh wants to ensure schoolgirls learn Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for summer. Udeh says she is trying to boost gender parity in technology in Africa’s most populous nation, where less than 20 percent of women are involved in the industry. Girls between the ages of five…

In a far-reaching move, India’s Hindu nationalist government has scrapped the special autonomous status given to Kashmir for decades, sparking fears of a backlash in its only Muslim-majority region.  Hours after a massive security clampdown in the state, Home Minister Amit Shah told parliament Monday that the president had signed…