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  • 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…

  • Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria

    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometers (185 miles)…

  • Congo army launch offensive against rebels in South Kivu

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A United Nations-backed radio station says that the Congo army has launched an offensive against rebels in South Kivu in eastern Congo. Radio Okapi reported Tuesday that soldiers were deploying to…

  • Pistorius lawyers to challenge appeal ruling

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ case will return to court next month after his lawyers said Tuesday they will challenge a judge’s decision to allow prosecutors to appeal the Olympic runner’s negligent killing…

  • Kenya police arrest 101 Ethiopian men

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police said Tuesday they arrested 101 Ethiopian nationals suspected of traveling illegally through Kenya on their way to South Africa. The suspects appeared before Magistrate Victor Wakumile but were not…

  • Suicide bomber kills 20 at bus station in northeastern Nigerian town: witness

    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Suicide bomber kills 20 at bus station in northeastern Nigerian town: witness.