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  • Nigeria: Nearly 300 freed women, children led to safety

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Their faces were gaunt, their hair tinted orange, their stomachs distended, all signs of malnutrition. They looked ragged, lost, shattered. But the girls were alive and free. They were among a…

  • Rebels attack town in north Mali; thousands march for peace

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Mali’s capital calling for peace in the north, as a resident in the town of Dire reported an attack by Tuareg rebels. Souleymane Amadou, a teacher,…

  • Burundi military says it will remain neutral amid protests

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s defense minister said Saturday the army will remain neutral amid the street protests stemming from the president’s controversial bid for a third term. Maj. Gen. Pontien Gaciyubwenge told a news…

  • Republic of Congo gov’t bans face veils, sleeping in mosques

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — The Republic of Congo’s government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence, the president of the Islamic High Council…

  • Arrests rise in Burundi protests; protesters vow to remain

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — About 500 students spent the night outside the U.S. Embassy in Burundi’s capital, asking the U.S. for protection as street protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term…

  • Niger governor orders evacuations due to Boko Haram

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A governor in southern Niger has ordered residents of islands on Lake Chad to evacuate to the mainland by Monday because of the threat posed by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria.…

  • Liberian newspaper tells government to pay for its ads

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — No more free ride. That’s what a daily newspaper in Liberia is telling the government, saying it will start charging to publish official statements. Liberia’s “In-Profile Daily” posted a front-page notice…

  • Clintons: Create equal opportunities for girls in education

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, during a tour of Africa on Friday with his daughter, called for equal opportunities for girls in education. While intelligence is equally distributed across the world,…

  • Scores more women, girls freed in Nigeria from Boko Haram

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Scores more women and children have been rescued from Islamic extremists in the remote Sambisa Forest, Nigeria’s military said amid reports that some of the women fought their rescuers fiercely. A…

  • Mali death toll at least 19 after rebels, soldiers clash

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers and Tuareg separatist rebels clashed for another day on Thursday, endangering peace talks as the death toll from this week’s violence in northern Mali reached at least 19 people.…

  • South African judge grants terminally ill man right to die

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A terminally ill man died of natural causes shortly after he was granted the right to end his life in South Africa, where euthanasia is illegal, a lobbying group said Thursday. In…

  • Burundi sends college students home amid unrest

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s national university was abruptly closed on Thursday amid protests in the capital that persisted with barricades burning in some neighborhoods. Students could be seen heading home under police watch. At…

  • Officials: Tanzania arrests Ugandan Islamic extremist

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The fugitive leader of a Ugandan rebel group operating in eastern Congo has been arrested in Tanzania, Ugandan officials said on Thursday. Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga told The Associated Press…

  • 3 killed in attack in Mali’s north

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen in three cars attacked a town in Mali’s north on Wednesday, killing three people including the head of the national guard, a resident and an official said. The Coordination of…

  • Bill Clinton’s plane makes unscheduled landing in Tanzania

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A spokesman for Bill Clinton says a chartered plane carrying the former U.S. president had to land unexpectedly after one of its engines developed a problem during a flight over Tanzania.…