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  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are lining up elderly people and shooting them — a new tactic instilling fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. Residents from…

  • UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown “the most noble face of humankind” amid an epidemic that…

  • Kenya president signs controversial new security law

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing constitutionally guaranteed civil…

  • Trade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — China’s ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year. Ambassador Li Chunhua said that trade had risen from $1.64 billion in 2013 to…

  • 5 die in Mozambique floods

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican authorities say five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain. On Friday, the mayor of Maputo, Daviz Simango, visited the area where five…

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In Sunday night’s…

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Fleeing villagers say Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this year. Teenager Aji Ibrahim…

  • Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya’s parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence…

  • Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria. Court-martial charges…

  • Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists. The court-martial charges all were connected to the soldiers’ refusal to deploy to…

  • Nigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamic extremists

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamic extremists.

  • Congo, UN troops launch operation against rebels

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers and the Congolese army have launched an operation against rebels in the country’s east blamed for a series of attacks in recent months. Lt. Col. Felix Prosper Basse told…

  • Unicef needs more cash for Central African kids

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N. Children’s Fund says shortfalls in funding and violence have prevented it from delivering critical services to thousands of children in Central African Republic. Unicef said Wednesday that it was…

  • Kenya urged to respect human rights

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Nine Western governments have welcomed proposed changes to Kenya’s security laws, but said that they should respect human rights. In a joint statement Wednesday, nine ambassador’s from countries including the United…

  • Somali president appoints new prime minister

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s president has appointed a new prime minister after the parliament voted to oust the former one following a political feud. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali…