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Biden Vows Diplomacy Ahead of Call With Putin Over Ukraine Tensions

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden will speak by phone Thursday with his Russian counterpart, a senior administration official said Wednesday, adding the American leader will seek a diplomatic solution to escalating tension along Russia’s border wit…

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White House Says Democrats ‘Need to Work Together’ on Biden Safety Net Legislation

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration says it is looking to push ahead with work on a social safety net spending bill after a key Democrat in the Senate said he could not support it.White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing…

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Malawi’s Former President Criticizes Government on Arrests

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Malawi’s former president, Peter Mutharika, has accused President Lazarus Chakwera’s government of political persecution in arresting former officials linked to the former leader. Mutharika made the comments Sunday at his first large…

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Nigeria’s legislature wants political party members to elect leaders directly. But is it constitutional?

Nigeria’s National Assembly has adopted legislation that allows direct primaries – where all party members and not just delegates will vote in political parties’ primaries to choose candidates for elections. But President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to ass…

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Samuel Eto’o elected as Cameroon FA president

YAOUNDE, Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has been elected as the President of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) on Saturday.Eto’o saw off challenge from the interim President of Fecafoot, Seidou Mbombo Njoya after five ot…

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Dictionary.com Anoints Allyship Word of the Year for 2021

NEW YORK — Allyship, an old noun made new again, is Dictionary.com’s word of the year.The look up site with 70 million monthly users took the unusual step of anointing a word it added just last month, though “allyship” first surfaced in the mid-1800s, …

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RTV Slovenia Feels Political Heat Amid Program Shuffles

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA — Programming shifts at Slovenia’s public broadcaster could curb critical journalism and benefit the center-right government in next year’s elections, say journalists and free press advocates who sense politics behind the moves.The …

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Gambia Counts Marble Votes in First Post-Jammeh Election

BANJUL, GAMBIA — Election officials started counting marble votes Saturday in Gambia after the polls closed in the country’s first presidential election in decades that did not include former dictator Yahya Jammeh, a milestone seen as a test of democra…

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Protesters, Angry at Insecurity, Call for Burkina Faso’s President to Resign

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO — Security is getting worse in Burkina Faso, with the deadliest attacks by Islamist militants in the West African country in years on civilians and security forces. People are protesting the failure of Burkinabe and internatio…

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Zimbabwe Says It’s Prepared for Omicron Variant

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s government says the country is very prepared to handle the new COVID-19 variant – omicron – first reported in neighboring South Africa. The World Health Organization says a fourth wave of the pandemic is most likely to hit Africa.Zi…