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  • 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.…

  • South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed. The man’s shop was attacked by South African small business owners on Thursday night, said police spokesman…

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is “not the power behind my throne.” The remark came ahead of a lavish…

  • ICC Prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said on Friday that more time is needed to gather evidence against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at The Hague court. Fatou Bensouda told…

  • Explosions in Nigerian towns in north kill at least 34

    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Explosions in Nigeria’s north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday. Residents say at…

  • Mortar shells land by Somalia’s presidential palace

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least three mortars landed inside Somalia’s heavily fortified presidential palace compound on Thursday, a Somali police officer said. Some were wounded in the attack that was claimed by Somali Islamic…

  • South African tourism minister survives carjacking attempt

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African’s minister of tourism survived an attempted carjacking, as his bodyguards and the carjackers exchanged fire with the attackers, police said on Thursday. Three men in a Volkswagen Golf followed Minister…

  • Petesch appointed AP West Africa correspondent

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Carley Petesch, a longtime editor in Africa who has reported from Nigeria and South Africa for The Associated Press, has been named a West Africa correspondent for the news organization. The appointment…

  • Leaked spy documents reveal plot to kill African Union head

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African Union chairwoman is “safe and sound,” the organization said on Thursday, after leaked intelligence documents revealed a 2012 plot to assassinate her. South African and Ethiopian spies intercepted a plot…

  • Kidnappers of American missionary in Nigeria demand ransom

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The armed men who abducted an American missionary earlier this week in southern Nigeria have demanded a ransom of nearly $300,000, police said Wednesday. Rev. Phyllis Sortor was kidnapped from the…

  • 173 people die in extremist attacks in Kenya in 2014: police

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 173 people in Kenya in 2014, the highest number in the three years that Kenya has experienced violence blamed on neighboring Somalia’s al-Shabab militants, Kenya’s police force said…

  • South Africa investigates alleged leak of intelligence files

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Warning of a threat to national security, a top South African official on Wednesday condemned an alleged leak of South African intelligence documents and said an investigation is underway. The comments by…

  • Togo sets presidential elections for April 15

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo’s government says presidential elections will take place April 15 after delays and amid opposition to the president’s possible nomination for another term. The ruling party announced the April date on…

  • South Africa spycraft on show in leaked intelligence cables

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Once the small talk had subsided, the 2012 meeting between intelligence agents from Iran and South Africa in an Iranian guesthouse reportedly went downhill. “Until high level Ministerial interaction has taken place…