Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom’s first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country’s opposition threatens to overshadow the poll. A collection of opposition groups including al-Wefaq, the country’s most organized…

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Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says 40 people have died from the plague in Madagascar. WHO said 119 people have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August, with two cases…