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#Libya parliament holds emergency meeting

Libya's newly elected parliament is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the dwindling security situation threatening to tear the country apart.

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Tutu backs Israeli-settlement funding boycott

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the South African activist who fought to end apartheid, has joined a worldwide campaign calling on corporations profiting from Israel's occupation of Palestinian Territories to pull out their funding.

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Hundreds flee as #Libya figthing continues

A Greek frigateSome 200 people have been granted passage into Tunisia through the Ras Jedir border crossing, before Tunisian officials again closed the border after just a few hours, as heavy fighting rages in neighbouring Libya.

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#Tunisia seals #Libya border after violence

Tunisia has closed its main border crossing with Libya after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing ongoing fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.

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#Uganda court overturns anti-gay law

Uganda's constitutional court has overturned an anti-homosexuality law that was branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying it was wrongly passed by parliament.

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Al-Shabab fighters gun down Somali MP

Somali rebel group al-Shabab has shot dead a legislator in the capital Mogadishu, the fifth killing of an MP in less than four months.

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Kenyan leader orders seizure of coastal zone

Kenya's president has ordered the repossession of land, stretching over 2,000 square kilometres, which he said was taken "under dubious and corrupt circumstances" by 22 companies between 2011 and 2012.

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#WHO: #Ebola out of control

World Health OrganisationThe World Health Organisation's chief Margaret Chan has warned that West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 700 people since February, is spreading quicker than efforts to contain the disease.

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#Benghazi 'falls to al-Qaeda-linked rebels'

Armed groups claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating units loyal to a renegade general, taking over thei barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition.

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Filipinos told to leave #Libya after beheading

The Philippines has dispatched its foreign secretary to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino construction worker was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped there.

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