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  • Somali prime minister appoints new Cabinet

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s prime minister unveiled his new Cabinet Tuesday, weeks after he withdrew his initial line-up following opposition by the parliament. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke appointed a 20-member Cabinet, mostly political newcomers,…

  • A US green-energy blueprint, meant to help Liberia, fails

    BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) — On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa’s poorest countries into the world’s first biomass-driven economy.…

  • 2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Two officers in Rwanda’s military Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting insurrection against the government. Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara and Col. Tom Byabagamba, who were arrested in August 2014,…

  • US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia

    BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) — The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia’s third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. They formed a company, Buchanan Renewables, and set anchor, crafting a…

  • Somalia: Al-Shabab leader says he has quit terror group

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A leader of Somalia’s Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head announced Tuesday he has quit the insurgency and renounced violence perpetrated by the al Qaida-linked…

  • Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, the…

  • UN: 2 killed, 6 hurt in northern Mali protest

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A demonstration outside a U.N. base in northern Mali descended into violence Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead and six wounded, according to a U.N. official. A group of protesters…

  • Zimbabwe’s white farmers face threats of new evictions

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Most of Zimbabwe’s white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new…

  • 3,000 child soldiers to be freed in war-torn South Sudan

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — About 3,000 child soldiers will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children’s agency said after 280 children were freed on Tuesday. More phased…

  • Key facts about the US government’s loans in Liberia

    Key facts about the $217 million in loans approved by the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation for its proposed project in Liberia: —The agency approved three loans from 2008 to 2011 to help Buchanan…

  • A green energy blueprint’s vision, unmet in Liberia

    On paper, the pitch was simple. Buchanan Renewables, a green energy company backed by the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation, would convert Liberia to “The World’s First Biomass Driven Economy.” The company’s blueprint, detailed…

  • 2 suspected looters killed in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the…

  • Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken…

  • 2 Malian troops killed, 3 wounded in ambush in north

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least two soldiers were killed in an ambush in Mali’s north, an army official said Monday. The troops were on their way to the town of Douekire on Sunday to…

  • 8 kidnapped Central African officials are freed

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Eight Central African Republic officials kidnapped by members of the country’s former rebel coalition have been freed, one of the officials said Monday. Central African Republic has seen a…