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  • UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. “We have reasons to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated,”…

  • Trade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — China’s ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year. Ambassador Li Chunhua said that trade had risen from $1.64 billion in 2013 to $2.94 billion between January and October 2014. The ambassador said cooperation had expanded from traditional sectors such as infrastructure development…

  • 5 die in Mozambique floods

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican authorities say five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain. On Friday, the mayor of Maputo, Daviz Simango, visited the area where five homes were swept away by floodwater. The city’s health and social welfare councilor, Nurbai Calu, said people living in flood-prone…

  • 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…