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Security tight as Germany marks anniversary of Christmas market attack
BERLIN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Germany has tightened security at Christmas markets across the country a year after a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire from victims' relatives for her handling of the case.
Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Two Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone filed a lawsuit in a regional court on Friday, accusing the government of mismanaging funds during an epidemic that killed more than 3,000 people in the West African nation.
Forgetful ministers keep Mugabe's name alive at Zimbabwe congress
HARARE, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe may have been deposed as president, but some of the ruling party's senior officials are struggling to stop mentioning the man who dominated their country for 37 years.
Zimbabwe's ruling party must fix economy to win vote: president
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa told members of his ruling ZANU-PF party on Friday they would have to start fixing the economy if they wanted a chance of winning next year's vote.
UPDATE 3-Zimbabwe's ruling party must fix economy to win vote - president
HARARE, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa told members of his ruling ZANU-PF party on Friday they would have to start fixing the economy if they wanted a chance of winning next year's vote.
UPDATE 2-Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership vote
JOHANNESBURG, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruler since the end of apartheid, faces perhaps the most pivotal few days in its recent history when it meets over the weekend to choose a successor to Jacob Zuma as party leader.
UPDATE 3-EU gives itself June deadline for deal on refugees
BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - European Union leaders appealed for unity in a last-ditch effort to break their deadlock on sharing out refugees by June, telling reluctant eastern states they could otherwise be outvoted on a dispute that has shaken the bloc's foundations.
UPDATE 2-Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem
GAZA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.
Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.
UPDATE 2-Ethiopian ex-official gets Dutch life sentence for war crimes
THE HAGUE, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Dutch judges jailed a onetime aide to Ethiopia's former communist ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam for life on Friday for war crimes carried out during Ethiopia's "Red Terror" purges of the 1970s, including the execution of 75 prisoners. Eshetu Alemu, 63, was found guilty at his trial in the Hague of ordering the 1978 killing of camp detainees - many of them under 18 years of age - who were taken from their cells and strangled with ropes in a church. In the hearings held under Dutch universal jurisdiction, Alemu, a former Mengistu regional representative, was convicted of all charges brought by prosecutors, including arbitrary detention, inhumane treatment, torture and mass murder. "The fact that the majority of victims were children younger than 18 makes the crimes all the more cruel," said presiding judge Mariette Renckens.
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