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Rwanda says U.N. ultimatum threatened Congo peace talks

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rwanda said on Wednesday the decision by a U.N. intervention brigade to forcibly disarm people in a strategic zone of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo had surprised African leaders and risked jeopardizing peace talks. Full story

Jury set to decide sentence of Somali pirates

A Virginia jury will deliberate the sentence of three Somali pirates convicted in the 2011 shooting deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Full story

News Summary: DuPont buys S. African seed company

SEEDING AFRICA: After a nearly three-year battle with South African regulators, DuPont Co. said Wednesday that its Des Moines, Iowa subsidiary Pioneer has completed the purchase of an 80 percent majority stake in South Africa's Pannar Seed. Full story

South Sudan's Kiir to keep oil minister, change finance portfolio

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's oil minister Stephen Dhieu Dau will keep his post in the new government, while new appointments will be made to the key finance and defense portfolios, officials said on Wednesday. Full story

Zimbabwe votes in election to decide on Mugabe  

   The people of Zimbabwe lined up from the early morning hours, to cast their votes in the country's presidential elections. Robert Mugabe's 33-year leadership is under threat from his Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the movement for democratic change. Though confident,  Tsvangirai still

Suspected Islamists steal 125 kg of dynamite in north Nigeria

DAMATURU, Nigeria, July 31 - Gunmen suspected to be allied to Islamist sect Boko Haram have stormed a construction site in northeast Nigeria, carting off 125 kg (275 pounds) of dynamite and hundreds of detonators, two security sources said on Wednesday. Full story

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  Zimbabwe President:'We have never ever rigged an election'

On the eve of Zimbabwe's presidential elections, President Robert Mugabe dismissed concerns that the elections will be marred by fraud, in an interview with NBC's Rohit Kachroo.

  Rigged or fair? Zimbabweans head to polls

Zimbabwe prepares for elections pitting 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe, accused of bringing his country to its knees, against long-term opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai. ITV News' Neil Connery reports.

  South Africa celebrates Mandela’s birthday

People across South Africa have taken to the streets  in celebration of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday - the occasion capped by the news the former president's health is rapidly improving.   The anti-apartheid leader has been in hospital since early June suffering from a recurring lung infection.  I

  Pros, cons of using humor in relationships

Married couples, a single man and a relationship expert discuss relationships with kids and the benefits to laughing and joking in marriage.

  The prisoner who’s been in solitary confinement for 41 years

Herman Wallace, one of the two remaining imprisoned members of the Angola 3, has been in solitary confinement for 41 years for the 1972 murder conviction of prison guard Brent Miller, despite maintaining his innocence. Melissa Harris-Perry talks with Nick Trenticosta, one of Herman Wallace's attorne

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Zimbabwe police officer casts his vote at polling station in Harare

A Zimbabwe police officer casts his vote at a polling station in Harare July 31, 2013. Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's oldest leader into

Woman speaks to police officer before casting her vote at a polling station in Harare
Woman speaks to police officer before casting her vote at a polling station in Harare

A woman speaks to a police officer before casting her vote at a polling station in Harare July 31, 2013. Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's o

Gold medallist Van der Burgh of South Africa smiles next to his compatriot, bronze medallist Zorzi, at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona
Gold medallist Van der Burgh of South Africa smiles next to his compatriot, bronze medallist Zorzi, at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona

Gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa smiles next to his compatriot, bronze medallist Giulio Zorzi, at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SWIM

Winner Van Der Burgh of South Africa poses with his gold medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona
Winner Van Der Burgh of South Africa poses with his gold medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona

Winner Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa poses with his gold medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING)