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  • Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is urging his nation to vote peacefully and accept results of Saturday’s presidential election, which analysts say will be the tightest in the nation’s history. Jonathan said…

  • Kenya’s president apologizes for government’s past wrongs

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president has apologized to the Kenyan people for past wrongs committed both by his government and past regimes. President Uhuru Kenyatta told parliament during his state of the nation address…

  • UN approves cutting Congo peacekeeping force by 2,000

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that cuts the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo by 2,000, a far smaller reduction than what Congo President Joseph Kabila has wanted.…

  • In shadow of Boko Haram, Cameroon combats extremism at home

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — With radical Islamic insurgents on its doorstep, Cameroon is trying to head off unrest at home by quelling any signs of the extremism that has roiled neighboring Nigeria. In recent months,…

  • 2 leading candidates in Nigeria elections commit to peace

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The two leading candidates in this weekend’s presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram Islamic extremists, who are threatening to disrupt the…

  • Official: Boko Haram using civilians as human shields

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram is using an unknown number of civilians as human shields as its fighters flee an offensive by multinational forces, a top Nigerian official said Wednesday. Mike Omeri, the director…

  • US envoy urges talks after S Sudan leader’s term extension

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. envoy to South Sudan is urging the country’s leaders to resume peace talks the day after lawmakers voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s term by three years. Donald…

  • Kenyan official: Chinese eatery that barred Africans closed

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities closed a Chinese restaurant in the capital which was accused by a local newspaper of refusing to serve Africans. The restaurant known as the Chinese Restaurant will remain shut…

  • South Sudan lawmakers extend president’s term by 3 years

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Lawmakers in South Sudan on Tuesday voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years, a move the government had said was necessary for stability amid an…

  • Mali: 2 die when explosive goes off, apparently accidentally

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two people were killed when an explosive went off, apparently by accident, in northern Mali, an official said Tuesday. The explosive detonated while it was being manipulated, bringing down a house…

  • Ken Owen, former South African editor, dies

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — “All offended?” former South African newspaper editor Ken Owen asked an audience of friends and family in a speech marking his 80th birthday. Owen, a tenacious force in journalism in the last…

  • Egypt, Ethiopia hope for long-term Nile River cooperation

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt said on Tuesday that they are hopeful talks over sharing Nile River waters will end in agreement. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told reporters in…

  • Group: 7 killed in munitions explosion in South Sudan

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A munitions explosion killed seven people and injured a child in South Sudan’s Unity state, the aid group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday. The stockpile of unexploded ordnance, leftover from…

  • Jailed Swazi critic put in solitary confinement

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A jailed critic of the Swaziland government has been put in solitary confinement following the online dissemination of a letter in which he describes tough conditions in prison, his wife and supporters…

  • Son of Senegal’s ex-president gets 6 years for corruption

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The son of Senegal’s powerful former president was convicted Monday on corruption charges and sentenced to six years in prison with a fine of nearly $230 million in a verdict that…