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  • Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal…

  • Burkina Faso exhumes graves for answers about Sankara death

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly 30 years after President Thomas Sankara was killed in a coup as he strived to make his West African country an egalitarian one, his purported grave is being dug…

  • South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope. Poachers in South Africa had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns while she was sedated, leaving the animal with…

  • Opposition leader claims Burundi not ready for polls

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi is not ready for parliamentary or presidential elections next month because the government is curtailing freedoms including preventing the opposition from campaigning, a leading opposition candidate said, as protests over…

  • Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a story May 25 about Nigeria’s fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The correct figure is…

  • Ethiopians vote, ruling party expected to keep grip on power

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians voted Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power. Some opposition leaders said their members had been…

  • Thousands attend funeral of killed Burundi opposition figure

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Thousands of people in Burundi’s capital attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting. Young people singing patriotic songs carried the coffin of Zedi Feruzi on Sunday,…

  • Mali: Rebels capture army soldiers after fighting in north

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Separatist rebels in northern Mali said they are holding 19 soldiers from the national army following recent fighting, further aggravating tensions in the region after nearly a month of heightened violence.…

  • Local media: Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leader of a Burundi opposition party was killed Saturday by unknown assailants in the nation’s capital, Bujumbura, local media reported. Zedi Feruzi of the UPD-Zigamibanga party was slain late Saturday…

  • Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Vehicles also were grounded.…

  • Nigerian troops kill extremists as militants slay villagers

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops killed scores of Islamic extremists and rescued 20 women and children from captivity even as reports came in Saturday of Boko Haram fighters slitting villagers’ throats and chopping them…

  • Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal ‘arrested’

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit “Orange…

  • Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

    LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba. “We…

  • Somalia: Militants kill lawmaker in capital, attack 2 towns

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali lawmaker was shot and killed by gunmen in the capital Saturday, as dozens of Islamic extremists attacked two towns in southern Somalia, clashing with government troops in fighting that…

  • Thousands attend Italian nun’s beatification in Kenya

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Kenyan town Saturday to attend the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun who worked for many years in the East African nation.…