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  • Namibian president wins African leadership prize

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011. While Africa’s dictators and long-serving rulers garner…

  • Scam Alert! Hundreds in Ghana think they’re police recruits

    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Hundreds of Ghanaians reported to police stations around the country over the weekend thinking they were new police recruits, only to find out they were the victims of a scam, police…

  • South Africa: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in Cape Town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African firefighters say they are battling to control a wildfire that has burned down five homes in Cape Town’s southern peninsula. Spokeswoman Liezl Moodie said Monday that nearly 150 firefighters, along…

  • Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits

    BARLONYO, Uganda (AP) — This is the horror that Silveria Okweny is willing to forgive: On Feb. 21, 2004, as the sun dipped below the horizon, rebels walking single file approached the Ugandan refugee camp…

  • Party of Lesotho’s prime minister ahead in election results

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The party of Lesotho’s prime minister on Sunday led in initial results from an election in the mountain kingdom, which held an early vote in an attempt to overcome tension among political…

  • Coalition balks at signing peace accord for northern Mali

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A coalition of armed opposition groups says it’s not ready to sign a peace accord for restive northern Mali. International mediators, some regional groups and Mali’s government signed the accord Sunday,…

  • Crowd kills girl suspected to be suicide bomber in Nigeria

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern…

  • Blasts from women suicide bombers kill 4 in north Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A witness and a security officer say four people died when two women blew themselves up at a bus stop in a village in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a series…

  • Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year. Polling stations…

  • Sierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola. Sierra Leone recorded 18 new cases of Ebola in the week…

  • UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with…

  • Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military’s battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria’s Islamic extremists. Boko Haram rebels have crossed over from Nigeria…

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

    VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to…

  • South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her. The family had always celebrated…

  • Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.…