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Ethiopian PM wins Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to end Eritrea conflict

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 in recognition of his efforts to end his country’s long-running border conflict with Eritrea.

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The Norwegian Nobel Institute on Friday also praised the “important reforms” that Abiy, Ethiopia’s leader since April 2018, has launched at home.

Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said some people may consider it too early to give him the prize, but “it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts need recognition and deserve encouragement.”

Abiy, 43, took office after widespread protests pressured the longtime ruling coalition and hurt one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Africa’s youngest leader quickly announced dramatic reforms and “Abiymania” began.

In a move that caused surprise in the long-turbulent Horn of Africa region, he said Ethiopia would accept a peace agreement with Eritrea, ending one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts.

Within weeks, Eritrea’s longtime leader, visibly moved, visited Addis Ababa and communications and transport links were restored. For the first time in two decades people could, long-divided families made tearful reunions.

The improving relations led to the lifting of United Nations sanctions on Eritrea, one of the world’s most reclusive nations. But Ethiopia’s reforms appear not to have inspired any in Eritrea, which has since closed border posts with its neighbor.

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At home, Abiy offered one political surprise after another. He released tens of thousands of prisoners, welcomed home once-banned opposition groups and acknowledged past abuses. People expressed themselves freely on social media, and he announced that Ethiopia would hold free and fair elections in 2020. The country has one of the world’s few “gender-balanced” Cabinets and a female president, a rarity in Africa.

And for the first time Ethiopia had no journalists in prison, media groups noted last year. The new prime minister also announced the opening-up of Ethiopia’s tightly controlled economy, saying private investment would be welcome in major state-owned sectors — a process that continues slowly.

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Al-Shabab extremists attack US military base in Somalia: report

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Al-Shabab extremists on Monday staged an attack on a US military base in Somalia, which is used to launch drone strikes.

A Somali official told the Associated Press that a suicide car bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the gate of a military airstrip which is a base for U.S. and Somali forces.

Yusuf Abdourahman, a security official with the Lower Shabelle regional administration, told the news agency that a burst of gunfire could be heard across the base after the bombing.

The terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the report said.

The U.S. military uses Belidogle airstrip in the Lower Shabelle region as a base where it launches drones that attack al-Shabab and trains Somali troops.

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There are reports of a second attack on European Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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More than 130 dolphins die on island beach off West Africa in mysterious mass stranding

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More than 130 dolphins died on an island beach off West Africa last week in a mysterious mass stranding event that has left experts puzzled as they investigate the cause.

Locals and tourists found around 163 melon-headed dolphins stranding themselves on a beach on the island of Boa Vista, BIOS Cape Verde, a volunteer environmental association, wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

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Hundreds of volunteers tried dragging the mammals out to sea. Despite their best efforts, many returned to the shore where they died.

Bulldozers buried 136 dead dolphins on the beach.

Scientists from BIOS took samples from 50 dolphins and froze four carcasses for a necropsy, the group wrote Friday.

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An official with the organization told local news outlet OPAIS on Saturday that there was still no “right explanation” for the deaths.

Spanish veterinarians from the University of Las Palmas in Spain’s Canary Islands are due in the coming days to perform tests on the carcasses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Airstrike kills 17 ISIS terrorists in Libya: US military

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The U.S. military says it killed 17 Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in an airstrike on Thursday outside Murzuq, in southwest Libya.

This was the first American airstrike in Libya since Nov. 29, 2018, according to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

“This ongoing campaign against ISIS-Libya demonstrates that U.S. Africa Command persistently targets terrorist networks that seek to harm innocent Libyans,” said Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, AFRICOM director of intelligence. “We continue to pursue ISIS-Libya and other terrorists in the region, denying them safe haven to coordinate and plan operations in Libya.”

No civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike, AFRICOM said.

The U.S. conducted almost 500 airstrikes against ISIS in 2016 in the coastal city of Surt.

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Earlier this month, the American military bombed an “ISIS-infested” island in northern Iraq.

American jets dropped more than 80,000 pounds of laser-guided bombs there, on Qanus Island. F-15 and F-35 jets dropped GBU-31 munitions, officials told Fox News.

The campaign was meant to destroy an area being used by ISIS for operations in the region, officials had said.

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New U.S. Air Force strike data shows jets have doubled the number of airstrikes targeting ISIS in the past month. American jets have dropped 28 percent more bombs on the Taliban and an ISIS affiliate in August than they did in the previous month.

In August, 800 bombs were dropped against targets in Afghanistan – the most since November 2018.

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At least 7 killed as school collapses in Kenya’s capital

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A school collapsed in Kenya’s capital on Monday morning, and officials said at least seven children were killed.

Parents wailed at the scene of The Precious Talent Top School in Nairobi. Hundreds of people gathered as emergency workers picked through debris. It was not clear whether anyone was trapped underneath.

Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said 57 students had been taken to hospital.

It was not immediately clear why the building of corrugated metal and wood collapsed around 7:30 a.m. Construction can be poorly regulated in some fast-growing Kenyan communities.

“The children here were all running away and crying,” local resident Michael Otieno said.

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More than 800 students are enrolled at the school, officials said.

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Mugabe family at odds with Zimbabwe government over late leader’s funeral, burial

The family of Zimbabwe’s former strongman Robert Mugabe and government officials appear at odds about where the late leader will be buried.

The government had earlier stated that Mugabe, who died last week at the age of 95, would be buried at the Heroes’ Acre state monument, a burial place reserved for top officials of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party.

However, it seems some family members want to follow Zimbabwean tradition and bury Mugabe at his home village of Kutama.

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The body of former president Robert Mugabe arrives to lie in state inside his official residence in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.  (AP)

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who declared Mugabe a national hero when he confirmed the death last Friday, said he and the ex-president’s widow, Grace, and other family members will have private discussions over the controversial issue.

“We have no idea where we will bury him yet,” said Mnangagwa at the Mugabe family home of Thursday. “We need to talk to Amai (Mrs. Mugabe) and the family first.”

Mugabe died last week in a hospital in Singapore following months of an undisclosed illness. His body was returned back to the capital city of Harare on Thursday.

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Widow Grace Mugabe, center, wears a black veil as she follows the coffin of former president Robert Mugabe, as it arrives to lie in state inside his official residence in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.  (AP)

At the airport Wednesday night, Mnangagwa paid tribute to his former ally, calling him an “icon of pan-Africanism” and “the man who created our nation,” Sky News reported.

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The news about discussions between the president and Mugabe’s widow came after the family blasted the government for not consulting them over the funeral and burial planes.

In a statement posted Thursday, the family accused the government of “attempting to coerce us” to accept a funeral plan that is “contrary to his wishes.”

According to his nephew, the family wants Mugabe’s body to lie in state in his home village of Kutama in Zvimba on Sunday night before a private burial.

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The coffin of the late former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe at his residence in Harare, Thursday Sept. 12, 2019.  (AP)

“His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night… followed by a private burial – either Monday or Tuesday – no National Heroe’s Acre. That’s the decision of the whole family,” his nephew Leo Mugabe told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

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It had long been expected that Mugabe would be buried at Heroes’ Acre, a monumental burial location atop a prominent hill featuring a grandiose towering sculpture of guerrilla fighters that Mugabe built with help from North Korea. Mugabe’s first wife, Sally, is buried there next to a gravesite long reserved for the ex-leader.

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People queue at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, where former President Robert Mugabe will lie in state for a public viewing. (AP)

Later Thursday the casket is to be taken to Rufaro Stadium in Harare’s poor Mbare neighborhood and then to Zvimba, Mugabe’s birthplace 55 miles northwest of the capital, where it is expected to stay overnight.

On Friday the casket is to go back to Rufaro stadium and on Saturday a ceremony will be held at the National Sports Stadium, which African heads of state and other prominent officials are expected to attend. Supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party are being bused from all over the country to go to the stadium ceremonies.

Grace Mugabe is expected to stay beside the casket the entire time.

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Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s first leader after the country became independent in 1980. He was ousted from power during a military coup in 2017 after nearly four decades.

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Melissa Joan Hart shares ‘favorite moment’ from family’s mission trip to Africa with World Vision

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Melissa Joan Hart has played several roles on television, from Clarissa to Sabrina to Mel, but her favorite is being a faith-filled mother to three boys.

Hart and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, recently went on a mission trip with the nonprofit World Vision to Zambia, where they sponsor three sisters who are roughly the same age as their kids: 13, 11 and 6.

The Connecticut couple’s eldest son, Mason, came along too.

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“We brought them toys and necessities, socks and food,” the “God’s Not Dead 2” actress shared with ET, explaining they also provided goats for farming and footballs for fun.

But the memory that she cherishes the most was what happened after dancing.

“My absolute favorite moment in Zambia this month was our first prayer with the families in Moyo AP,” she wrote on Instagram. “Sitting on a hillside with our new friends…listening to the Tonga translation of the words the family prayed over everyone there.”

She said every interaction started with dancing and led to prayer.

“The prayers consisted mainly of ‘thank you God for bringing our visitors from so far away just to see us and know us. And bless our time together. And bless @worldvisionusa for the work they do in our village,'” Hart added.

“We would usually end the visit with a prayer Mark or I would say blessing the people with health, crops of plenty and strong livestock. It was a magical time all around. And the dancing to the drums was incredible everywhere we went.”

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The Christian actress told ET anyone “can sponsor a child…in our world, it’s not that much to make a huge difference in their lives.”

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Robert Mugabe, longtime ruler of Zimbabwe, dead at 95

Robert Mugabe, the controversial president of Zimbabwe who was forced to resign in 2017 after decades in power, has died at age 95.

Mugabe’s death was confirmed Friday on Twitter by Emmerson Mnangawa, who succeeded Mugabe as leader of the East African nation.

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangawa wrote on Twitter. “Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Mnangagwa’s statement did not provide details of Mugabe’s death.

Family members also confirmed the death to the BBC, that news agency reported.

Reuters reported that Mugabe died in Singapore, where he had previously undergone medical treatment in recent years. In November, Mnangagwa said Mugabe was no longer able to walk when he was in Singapore for medical care — but Mnangagwa did not specify why Mugabe was being treated, according to Reuters. Officials often said publicly that Mugabe was treated for a cataract, and denied reports that he had prostate cancer, the report said.

Mugabe took power in Zimbabwe after white minority rule ended in 1980. He blamed  Zimbabwe’s economic problems on international sanctions and once said he wanted to rule for life. But growing discontent about the southern African country’s fractured leadership and other problems prompted a military intervention, impeachment proceedings by the parliament and large street demonstrations for his removal.

The announcement of Mugabe’s Nov. 21, 2017 resignation after he initially ignored escalating calls to quit triggered wild celebrations in the streets of the capital, Harare. Well into the night, cars honked and people danced and sang in a spectacle of free expression that would have been impossible during his years in power and reflected hopes for a better future.

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Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe looks on during a press conference at his private residence nicknamed “Blue Roof” in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2018. (Reuters)

Mugabe’s decline in his last years as president was partly linked to the political ambitions of his wife, Grace, a brash, divisive figure whose ruling party faction eventually lost out in a power struggle with supporters of Mnangagwa, who was close to the military.

Despite Zimbabwe’s decline during his rule, Mugabe remained defiant, railing against the West for what he called its neo-colonialist attitude and urging Africans to take control of their resources, a populist message that was often a hit even as many nations on the continent shed the strongman model and moved toward democracy.

Mugabe enjoyed acceptance among peers in Africa who chose not to judge him in the same way as Britain, the United States and other Western detractors. Toward the end of his rule, he served as rotating chairman of the 54-nation African Union and the 15-nation Southern African Development Community; his criticism of the International Criminal Court was welcomed by regional leaders who also thought it was being unfairly used to target Africans.

Mugabe was born in Zvimba, 40 miles west of the capital of Harare. As a child, he tended his grandfather’s cattle and goats, fished for bream in muddy water holes, played football and “boxed a lot,” as he recalled later.

Mugabe lacked the easy charisma of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and contemporary who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after reconciling with its former white rulers. But he drew admirers in some quarters for taking a hard line with the West, and he could be disarming despite his sometimes harsh demeanor.

“The gift of politicians is never to stop speaking until the people say, ‘Ah, we are tired,'” he said at a 2015 news conference. “You are now tired. I say thank you.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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South African priest accidentally shoots self through face with own speargun

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A South African priest shot who himself through his head with his own speargun while spearfishing off the KwaZulu-Natal coast Friday has miraculously survived the accident and is recovering, reports said.

Rev. Connie Hallowell’s harrowing experience was captured in graphic photographs published in local and international news reports. Bleeding heavily from his head, Hallowell appeared surrounded by beachgoers as he sat on a beach with the spear still piercing through his face.

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The 48-year-old told the Times of London he had been about 65 feet offshore of the coastal town of Scottsburgh when he set the speargun down on the seabed and it accidentally fired. He said the 6.5-foot-long spear penetrated his face below his right eye and out through his left ear.

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Hallowell managed to drag himself onto the shore where beachgoers and lifeguards rushed to stabilize him, the paper reported. He was then airlifted to a hospital to undergo surgery.

“It’s amazing that I am here at all,” he told the paper.

Despite the spear plunging so close to his eye sockets, Hallowell kept his vision in both eyes, the South Coast Herald reported.

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Sitting up in his hospital bed for a brief interview with the Herald, Hallowell described his survival as “miraculous” and thanked people for their kind words and prayers.

“I’m doing very, very well,” he said. “I’m good, I’m recovering, looking forward to seeing you guys soon.”

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South African police officer arrested following female boxing champ’s murder

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A police officer was arrested after a South African female boxing champion was fatally shot during a car chase in a coastal city, according to local reports.

Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, 25, who was expected to return to the ring in October for a junior bantamweight clash, was murdered Friday afternoon in Mdantsane, while her mother was also shot but survived, the BBC reported.

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The suspect, 37, arrested was thought to be Jegels’ current or former boyfriend and a member of the South African Police Service.

A police spokesman told local media the motive appeared to be a “domestic dispute” between “the couple.”

“It is alleged that an off-duty policeman based at TRT (Tactical Response Team) East London fired several shots at his girlfriend who died instantly on the scene,” said police spokesman Sontaga Seisa. “The same policeman fired shots to his girlfriend’s mother and injured her.”

Jegels, who is also a karate champion, met with her boxing club manager hours before her death and was “excited” to get back in the ring.

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“I had breakfast with her and we discussed what needed to be done to stage her dramatic return,” Mla Tengimfene told The South African. “She was excited and looking forward to her ring return. She had been out of the ring for a while and this new venture excited her.”

South Africa’s Department of Arts & Culture condemned the murder as an “act of cowardice.”

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The suspect is due in court Monday as an investigation is still ongoing.

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