AFRICA

  • Ghana is internationally renowned for being a peaceful country on a continent scarred by ethnic clashes, dictators and crime. In the days before the hotly contested presidential vote on December 7, Rastafarians in the West African country say they have the answer. "It's because we've put Ghana first before everything," said Martin Quarpong, a Rastafarian in his late 30s wearing a green and orange tie-dye shirt with his hair in a black head-wrap.

  • CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa heads to its home rugby sevens event leading the world series after beating Fiji 26-14 in the Dubai final on Saturday.

  • ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean.

  • By Emma Farge BANJUL (Reuters) - The winner of Gambia's presidential election told Reuters on Saturday he was keen to form a new cabinet to get cracking with reforms, a day after veteran leader Yahya Jammeh stunned the tiny west African nation by conceding defeat. Jammeh's statement on state radio sparked wild celebrations in a country he has ruled with an iron hand since taking power in a coup 22 years ago, but doubts persisted over how he would step aside and whether the army would switch its allegiance. Gambia lacks a formal timetable for the handover of power and...

WORLD

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally Sunday against what he called a "genocide" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbors and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence. Najib said the rally at a stadium in suburban Kuala Lumpur will send a strong message to Aung San Suu Kyi's government that "enough is enough." "U.N....

  • JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian rescuers on Sunday recovered body parts in the sea where a police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed the day before.

  • GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Harold Varner III held on to win the Australian PGA Championship by two shots on Sunday after a roller-coaster last round of 65 that included seven birdies and two bogeys in a nine-hole run at Royal Pines.

  • HELSINKI (AP) — Local officials in Finland say that three people have been fatally shot in a southeastern town overnight.

  • Floods brought by torrential rain since late November have killed at least 13 people in central Vietnam while more heavy rain is expected in coming days, the government and state media said on Sunday. Six people have died in floods in Binh Dinh province since Thursday and another four were killed in Quang Ngai province, while more than 10,000 homes in the two provinces were submerged, the government said. Three...

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