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Rwanda's senate president resigns

Kigali (AFP) - The president of Rwanda's upper house resigned Wednesday citing personal reasons, but following a petition from colleagues to discuss how he ran the Senate, reports said.

Kurds not ready to recapture Mosul: Iraqi minister

Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces are not yet ready to wrest the city of Mosul back from the jihadist fighters who captured it on June 10, a top leader said Wednesday.

Liberia hopes US aid can turn tide on Ebola

Monrovia (AFP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday hailed the US pledge of military help to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, saying she hoped the global community would follow suit.

Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce: Quartet

Jerusalem (AFP) - The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers on Wednesday joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of war-ravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence.

Jihadists claim bomb that killed six Egypt police

Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with jihadists.

Libya PM presents new cabinet to rival Tripoli govt

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Libya's internationally recognised premier presented Wednesday a new cabinet to parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk, in opposition to a Tripoli government, as the strife-torn country's political divisions deepened.

UN envoy presses Yemen rebel leader for talks with govt

Saada (Yemen) (AFP) - The UN envoy to Yemen landed in the Shiite rebel stronghold of Saada Wednesday for talks with leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi in a fresh effort to end the country's latest political crisis.

Nigeria college attack leaves 13 dead

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - At least 13 people were killed and 34 others wounded when police fought a battle with suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Kano, northern Nigeria, the state's police chief said on Wednesday.

Iran's Rouhani to attend UN assembly

Tehran (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the UN General Assembly in New York next week but is not scheduled to meet Barack Obama, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Libya Islamists launch new assault on Benghazi airport

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Islamist fighters launched another offensive Wednesday on the airport in Libya's Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them, an AFP correspondent said.

Qatar doesn't back extremists, emir says in Germany

Berlin (AFP) - Qatar's emir said in Germany on Wednesday that his wealthy Gulf state does not back Islamic "terrorist organisations", and Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had no reason to doubt him.

Syria air strikes 'kill dozens in rebel town'

Beirut (AFP) - Syrian air strikes on a besieged rebel town in the heart of the country have killed nearly 50 people in recent days, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

France is 'sick', says new economy minister

Paris (AFP) - Crisis-hit France is "sick", the country's new economy minister said on Wednesday, urging immediate reforms to tackle sky-high unemployment and an economy that has failed to grow in six months.

South Sudan won't expel foreign workers

Juba (AFP) - The government in war-torn South Sudan said Wednesday it will not be expelling any foreign workers, reversing a policy announcement made the previous day that caused a storm of protests from aid agencies and neighbouring countries.

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S. forces again fighting on the ground in his country.

Russia praises Ukraine law on self-rule for Donbass region

Moscow (AFP) - Moscow on Wednesday praised Kiev's law on self-rule for the war-torn eastern Ukraine as a "step in the right direction" and expressed the hope the rebel-held regions would develop cross-border cooperation with Russia.

U.S. states boost anti-trafficking laws but slow to help sex, labor slaves

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A rising number of U.S. states have strengthened laws to combat human trafficking in the past year but programs to help victims of forced prostitution and labor are lagging behind, according to a report by an anti-slavery group on Wednesday. Thirty-nine of the 50 U.S. states scored well in the 2014 ranking by the non-government organization Polaris Project that measures sex and labor trafficking measures across the United States. This was an increase of seven states from 2013. ...