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  • Nigeria’s new president pledges fight against Boko Haram

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram “head on,” asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn’t be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted…

  • AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s mishandling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in…

  • Kicking the plastic: Senegal among latest to ban flimsy bags

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — At a market in Senegal’s capital, the sandy paths are strewn with them. They blow around like feathers in Dakar’s coastal breezes, piling up alongside buildings on city streets and clogging…

  • Burundi opposition leader declares election boycott

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s most prominent opposition leader said on Friday his party is boycotting national elections amid political unrest stemming from the president’s bid for a third term. Agathon Rwasa, who leads the…

  • In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule in South Africa at the time, was granted parole on Friday. Clive Derby-Lewis, who…

  • Madagascar’s president faces impeachment attempt

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country’s president, who disputed the outcome and whose supporters say the result was falsified. The issue goes…

  • South African rhino gets treated after poacher attack

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino in South Africa that survived an attack by poachers who cut off her horns, leaving a massive wound on her face, has had a setback in her medical treatment. However,…

  • AP NewsAlert

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in, first Nigerian to oust a sitting president at the polls.

  • Kenyan pleads guilty in US terrorism support case

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man pleaded guilty in the U.S. on Thursday to terrorism support charges in a case that involved Internet chat room and other online communications with undercover FBI operatives. Mohamed Said…

  • Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government’s decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.…

  • Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poachers slaughtering elephants in Mozambique cut their population almost in half from 2009 to last year, but in Uganda, elephant numbers are increasing as a result of anti-poaching measures, according to aerial…

  • Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi’s government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential…

  • Outfits on wheels: In Zimbabwe, cars are used clothing shops

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wares in Zimbabwe’s capital are laid out for shoppers to browse through: the shoes lined up on the trunk, the shirts and dresses hanging from open doors of the spotlessly…

  • Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions…

  • UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

    GUBIO, Nigeria (AP) — Children are now being seen as potential threats after an “alarming spike” in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children’s agency…