October 12th, 2013
06:24 AM ET

Police: 9 teens missing from ranch

Authorities searched early Saturday for nine teens they say were abducted from a New Mexico ranch for troubled youth.

New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert despite the fact that an attorney for the ranch director said Friday that all the teens were safe.

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October 10th, 2013
01:18 AM ET

Rebels kidnap Libyan PM

Rebels kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali  Zeidan at dawn Thursday and took him to an undisclosed location, his spokeswoman  told CNN.

Armed rebels escorted the prime minister from the Corinthian Hotel in Tripoli into a convoy of waiting cars, said a hotel clerk who was not authorized to speak to the media.

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September 21st, 2013
03:49 AM ET

Ivory Coast won't transfer ex-first lady to ICC

Ivory Coast says it will not transfer former first lady Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court despite an arrest warrant against her.

Gbagbo is accused of crimes against humanity following postelection violence in 2010.

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September 18th, 2013
05:16 AM ET

Nebraska watches Colorado overflow

As Colorado copes with the aftermath of deadly floods, the high waters rolled toward Nebraska early Wednesday, where anxious residents prepared for potential overflows.

Runoff from Colorado flooding is coursing into neighboring Nebraska, forecasters said.

"The exact crest stages are still uncertain as the waters are just moving into Nebraska," the National Weather Service said. "It is possible that upcoming forecasts could change so those along the river should stay tuned for updated information."

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August 22nd, 2013
02:16 AM ET

Hannah Anderson: 'My mom raised me to be strong'

In her first television interview since she was freed following an alleged kidnapping this month, Hannah Anderson described herself as a survivor, and thanked those who have supported her.
"In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead," she told NBC News. "My mom raised me to be strong."

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August 15th, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Nigeria says Boko Haram commander dead

The Nigerian military said Thursday it killed one of the leaders of the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, which has waged an insurgency in the nation for years.

Mamadu Bama, also known as Abu Saad, was killed along with his father this month in Borno state, the military said in a statement.

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August 15th, 2013
03:35 AM ET

Egypt on edge after nearly 300 killed

Judging by the nearly deserted streets, the Egyptian capital was unlike any other working day Thursday.

Traffic was light. Shops and businesses slowly reopened after a nighttime curfew following the killing of nearly 300 people nationwide. A sense of foreboding washed over Cairo as residents stayed behind closed doors.

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August 14th, 2013
03:09 AM ET

Chicago, New York cops spar over policy

Police departments in Chicago and New York are trading barbs after a federal judge ruled that New York City's stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional.

"Welcome to Chicago," a Bronx police officer told the New York Post after the ruling, insinuating that crime rates in New York would approach those of the embattled Midwestern city as a result of the ruling, which mandated changes to stop-and-frisk.

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August 14th, 2013
02:58 AM ET

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife await sentencing

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, will be sentenced Wednesday for misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds.
The pair pleaded guilty in February to various changes - Jesse Jackson Jr. to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and false statements; and his wife to filing false tax returns.

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August 11th, 2013
05:24 AM ET

Community mourns boys strangled by python

In death, as in life, the two brothers were inseparable.

Connor Barthe, 6, the loud protective big brother with a wicked smile and deep dimples. Noah, the little albeit quieter one, who wanted to play basketball when he grew up.

Their Canadian community of Campbellton, New Brunswick, eulogized the boys Saturday, days after they were strangled to death by an African rock python. The 100-pound snake came crashing through the ceiling of a family friend's apartment, where they were having a sleepover Monday.

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June 23rd, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

The global cat-and-mouse hunt for Edward Snowden took a drastic turn Sunday when the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges left Hong Kong and was flying over Russian airspace.
And he left with the help of WikiLeaks, who assisted with Snowden's "political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers (and) safe exit from Hong Kong." the group said on Twitter.

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June 22nd, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Spokesman: Ambulance rushing Mandela to hospital broke down

An ambulance transporting former South African President Nelson Mandela to the hospital two weeks ago had engine trouble on the way there, but the anti-apartheid icon was never at risk, a government spokesman said Saturday.

"When the ambulance experienced engine problems it was decided that it would be best to transfer to another military ambulance which itself was accompanied for the rest of the journey by a civilian ambulance," spokesman Mac Maharaj said.

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March 31st, 2013
04:48 AM ET

South African copter crash kills 5

Five South African military members died in a helicopter crash while on an anti-rhino poaching mission, the nation's state broadcaster said Sunday.
The crash happened Saturday evening  at Kruger National Park, according to South African Broadcasting Corp.

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March 30th, 2013
04:05 AM ET

Kenyans await court ruling on election

The Kenyan Supreme Court plans to issue its verdict Saturday on a legal challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the presidential election.

Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding leader, won the presidential poll this month with 50.07% of the vote.

His main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, got 43.31% of the vote, and challenged the outcome in court, saying it was flawed and marred by technical problems.

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March 28th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Mandela back in hospital with lung infection

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is conscious after his admission to a hospital for a recurring lung infection, the president's office said Thursday.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to the hospital just before midnight Wednesday, his second hospitalization this month.

The anti-apartheid icon and nation's first black president has become increasingly frail over the years, and he has not appeared in public since 2010.

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March 24th, 2013
03:53 AM ET

Exiled Pakistani ex-president returns home

After more than four years of self-imposed exile, Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf landed in Karachi on Sunday despite threats of arrest and assassination.

Musharraf resigned as president of the south Asian nation five years ago, but he hopes to lead his party in May elections.

He has been living in London and Dubai, and risks possible arrest and the Pakistani Taliban have vowed to assassinate him if he returns to the nation.

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March 22nd, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Author Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, acclaimed in part for his groundbreaking 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart," has died, his British publisher, Penguin Books, said Friday. He was 82.

An author of more than 20 books, his honors included the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.

Achebe is a major part of African literature, and is popular all over the continent for his novels, especially "Anthills of the Savannah," which was itself shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987, and "Things Fall Apart."

Zimbabweans vote on new constitution before elections
March 16th, 2013
06:04 AM ET

Zimbabweans vote on new constitution before elections

Zimbabweans voted Saturday for a key referendum on a new constitution that limits presidential terms for the first time in the African nation.

Robert Mugabe, 89, has been in power for decades, first serving as prime minister in 1980 and taking over as president seven years later.

"This is a Zimbabwean document to replace a British one. That is why I voted for it," said Babra Mheno, 34, a university student, referring to the nation's former colonial rulers.

If approved, which is highly likely, the constitution will give more powers to the parliament and limit the president's. It also introduces a two-term limit of five years each for a president.

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March 6th, 2013
03:16 AM ET

Kenyans await election outcome

Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for alleged crimes against humanity and the son of the nation's founding father, was leading early Wednesday in Kenya's presidential election.

With a little more than 40% of the vote counted, Kenyatta was leading - 53% to 42% - over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, according to the election commission website

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March 4th, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Kenya elections off to a deadly start

Throngs of Kenyans lined up nationwide Monday to choose a president in a tight, anxiously awaited general election, just hours after several people were killed in an attack on a police station in the country's second-largest city.

The victims of the attack at the police station in the port city of Mombasa included both civilians and police officers, said Prime Minister Raila Odinga. He did not have an exact death toll.

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