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  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In Sunday night’s attack on the village of Gumburi, most of the kidnapped were young women, children and members of a civilian defense…

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Fleeing villagers say Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this year. Teenager Aji Ibrahim says he was lucky to escape into the bushes. “No doubt they were Boko Haram members because they were chanting…

  • Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya’s parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties. Opposition legislators threw the papers on the floor and chaos erupted in which government supporters…

  • Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria. Court-martial charges against the soldiers sentenced Wednesday night all were connected to their refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by…

  • Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists. The court-martial charges all were connected to the soldiers’ refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet. The lawyer for the…

  • Nigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamic extremists

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamic extremists.

  • Congo, UN troops launch operation against rebels

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers and the Congolese army have launched an operation against rebels in the country’s east blamed for a series of attacks in recent months. Lt. Col. Felix Prosper Basse told reporters Wednesday that the operation began Saturday in the region around the town of Beni. A series of rebel attacks…

  • Unicef needs more cash for Central African kids

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N. Children’s Fund says shortfalls in funding and violence have prevented it from delivering critical services to thousands of children in Central African Republic. Unicef said Wednesday that it was unable to vaccinate 33,000 children against measles this year or to treat 5,000 severely malnourished children under 5. In addition,…

  • Kenya urged to respect human rights

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Nine Western governments have welcomed proposed changes to Kenya’s security laws, but said that they should respect human rights. In a joint statement Wednesday, nine ambassador’s from countries including the United States, Germany and U.K. welcomed efforts by the government to revise and update the country’s security legislation in light of…

  • Somali president appoints new prime minister

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s president has appointed a new prime minister after the parliament voted to oust the former one following a political feud. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who resigned as prime minister in 2010 after tensions with former president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed. Parliament ousted Abdiweli…

  • Nigerian budget slashed by slumping oil prices

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s finance minister presented a 2015 budget of $23 billion to parliament on Wednesday, slashed by nearly $3 billion to accommodate slumping oil prices. Minister Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala said she expects government revenue of $19.7 billion off growth of 5.5 percent next year, down from an earlier projection of 6.35 percent. She…

  • Kenya building collapses; 1 dead, others trapped

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One person died and others are feared trapped or dead after a five-story residential building collapsed in downtown Nairobi, a police official said Wednesday. Nairobi deputy police chief Moses Ombati said the victim died on his way to hospital after being rescued from the debris. The Kenyan Red Cross tweeted that…

  • Kenya cop shoots 5 before killing himself

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A policeman in western Kenya shot dead a civilian and four of his colleagues before turning the gun on himself, an official and a witness said Wednesday. The Western Kenya Regional Commissioner James ole Serian said the police officer used his official rifle in the Tuesday night attack. Haman Muhoma, a…

  • African leaders: West should intervene in Libya

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — African leaders are calling on Western countries to intervene in Libya to stem a flow of arms to militant groups in the Sahel region. Libya is mired in the worst fighting since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown in 2011, leaving the country with two rival governments. In the chaos, arms have…

  • Sierra Leone to search for Ebola cases in capital

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone is planning a house-to-house search for hidden Ebola cases in the capital and surrounding areas in an effort to stem the disease’s rampant spread, the government said Tuesday. The government has periodically restricted movements into and out of hot spots in order to slow Ebola infections. In September,…