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  • UN: 3 contracted workers kidnapped in eastern Congo

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three people working for the United Nations in eastern Congo have been kidnapped and taken into the forest, the U.N. mission said Friday. A Zimbabwean and two Congolese were in the…

  • Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 100 humanitarian groups have asked the African Union’s human rights body to ensure that South Africa take “concrete steps” to prevent further attacks on immigrants. Seven people have died…

  • South Sudan opposition leader says troops surround his home

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An opposition leader in South Sudan said on Friday that government troops had surrounded his house in the capital, raising fears of insecurity in the city where a fight among…

  • Togo to vote in presidential election amid political unrest

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo will vote Saturday in an election that could see its president win a third five-year term, keeping his family in power for nearly 50 years. President Faure Gnassingbe assumed power…

  • Brother: Kenyan man in plot against president mentally ill

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The brother of a man arrested for allegedly being involved in an extremist plot to attack President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rural home says he is mentally ill. Ahmed Mire says his 46-year-old…

  • South African demonstrators condemn attacks on immigrants

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several thousand people marched through South Africa’s largest city on Thursday in a demonstration against recent attacks on immigrants that killed seven people. Demonstrators walked through the center of Johannesburg, passing high-rise…

  • South Africa’s image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Only a few kilometers (miles) separate Alexandra, a gritty Johannesburg township where South Africans attacked immigrants last week, from Sandton, a district jammed with high-end stores, restaurants and gleaming office towers symbolizing…

  • Kenyan police say suspect caught surveilling president home

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Wednesday granted police 15 days to hold and interrogate a man who is suspected of carrying out surveillance on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rural home in preparation for…

  • Kenya: 9 security chiefs suspended over al-Shabab attack

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Nine security chiefs in the eastern town of Garissa have been suspended during a probe to determine if they failed to stop an extremist attack earlier this month in which 148…

  • South Sudan: UN agency says 3 staffers have disappeared

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N. World Food Programme says three of its staff members are missing in the state of Upper Nile and will suspend operations in some areas because of safety concerns. The…

  • Thousands of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 100,000 Ethiopians on Wednesday protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government’s failure to raise living standards of the poor, with poverty fueling the…

  • Group to Togo government: Respect right to protest

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Amnesty International is calling on Togo’s government to respect the right to demonstrate in the run-up to April 25 elections. The international rights group on Tuesday warned against the excessive use…

  • Correction: Uganda-Muslims story

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In a story April 17 about Uganda-Muslims, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 12 million Ugandans are Muslims. In fact 12 percent of Uganda’s 36 million people are Muslims, meaning that…

  • Mauritania sentences alleged al-Qaida leader to 20 years

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al-Qaida leader to 20 years in prison for “terrorist” activities, the state prosecutor said Tuesday. Younis al-Mauritani was sentenced Monday and will…

  • South Africa to deploy army to end anti-immigrant attacks

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will deploy the army to areas that remain volatile after a spate of violent attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday. Soldiers will be sent to support police…