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  • Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand…

  • South African firefighters battle wildfire for a third day

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A wildfire burned for a third day around Cape Town’s Table Mountain on Tuesday, injuring a firefighter as it caused an explosion at a lodge, an emergency services spokeswoman said. At first…

  • Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. The Chadian forces regained…

  • Prominent lawyer fatally shot in Mozambique

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Assailants in Mozambique on Tuesday killed a prominent academic and expert in constitutional law by firing on the car he was riding in along a central thoroughfare in Maputo, the capital,…

  • South Sudan rebels: President needs to make more concessions

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan’s rebels on Tuesday warned that peace talks with the government could fail if the government does not make concessions, especially on the issue of how to share power…

  • Boko Haram posts reported beheading video

    WASHINGTON — The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram posted a graphic video online Monday night showing the apparent beheading of two men the group said were spies. CNN reports that the six-minute video shows two men…

  • New attack in disputed region claimed by Sudan, South Sudan

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations reported another deadly attack Monday in the oil-rich region of Abyei that’s claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. It was the fourth attack in two months in…

  • Boko Haram video shows 2 beheaded men accused of spying

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The latest video from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremist group shows the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying, and copies some of the hallmarks of propaganda from the Islamic…

  • South Africa: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in Cape Town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain was engulfed by an orange blaze Monday, blowing thick smoke to the city below, as a wildfire burned across the city’s southern peninsula, destroying at least five…

  • Namibian president wins African leadership prize

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011. While Africa’s dictators and long-serving rulers garner…

  • Scam Alert! Hundreds in Ghana think they’re police recruits

    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Hundreds of Ghanaians reported to police stations around the country over the weekend thinking they were new police recruits, only to find out they were the victims of a scam, police…

  • Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits

    BARLONYO, Uganda (AP) — This is the horror that Silveria Okweny is willing to forgive: On Feb. 21, 2004, as the sun dipped below the horizon, rebels walking single file approached the Ugandan refugee camp…

  • Party of Lesotho’s prime minister ahead in election results

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The party of Lesotho’s prime minister on Sunday led in initial results from an election in the mountain kingdom, which held an early vote in an attempt to overcome tension among political…

  • Coalition balks at signing peace accord for northern Mali

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A coalition of armed opposition groups says it’s not ready to sign a peace accord for restive northern Mali. International mediators, some regional groups and Mali’s government signed the accord Sunday,…

  • Crowd kills girl suspected to be suicide bomber in Nigeria

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern…