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  • Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa’s biggest oil producer.…

  • 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.…

  • Congo electoral commission updates voter list

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s national electoral commission has updated the country’s electoral list ahead of local and provincial elections later this year, the commission said. Nearly 200,000 voters who had been omitted from 2011…

  • Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday. Some 300 to…

  • Mali separatists say soldiers publicly killed 9 Tuaregs

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers publicly killed nine residents of a Tuareg village in the country’s north, a coalition of separatist groups said on Friday, and the U.N. said a team has been sent…

  • Ugandan Islamic extremist fights extradition from Tanzania

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — An Islamic extremist leader appeared in a Tanzania court on Friday to challenge his extradition home to Uganda, where he is wanted for allegedly ordering deadly attacks on civilians…