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  • Former soccer star George Weah wins Liberian Senate race

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Former soccer star George Weah has won a seat in the Liberian Senate by coming out ahead of the president’s son, according to Liberia’s election commission. Weah received 78 percent of…

  • Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered…

  • South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man drowned when an unusually large wave hit a Durban beach in South Africa, emergency services said Saturday. Another 40 swimmers were treated for minor injuries when the big wave hit…

  • Madagascar’s former president under house arrest

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Madagascar’s former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday. Marc Ravalomanana was formally placed under house arrest following…

  • Official: Gunmen attack AU base in Somalia

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali official says gunmen have attacked the African Union base in Mogadishu. Mohamed Abdi, a policeman at the capital’s airport, which shares a fence with the AU base, said Thursday…

  • Somali official: Gunfire, explosions heard as militants attack African Union base in Mogadishu

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali official: Gunfire, explosions heard as militants attack African Union base in Mogadishu.

  • US removes Gambia from trade agreement

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government’s decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for…

  • Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Alice Marke and her family aren’t celebrating Christmas the way they used to: The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing…

  • Traffic ban to avoid Christmas attacks in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities are banning traffic in two northeastern states where they say Islamic extremists are plotting massive attacks over Christmas. The military announced the most severe restrictions in Borno state, home…

  • Zimbabweans give new coins the cold shoulder

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Coins introduced by Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank earlier this month are receiving a cold reception from locals who are fearful this could be the first step to replacing the U.S dollar with…

  • Rights group urges UN to stop Nigerian executions

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A leading Nigerian human rights group is asking U.N. rapporteurs to help try to stop the mass executions of soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad for refusing to fight Islamic…

  • Correction: Nigeria-Pirates story

    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — In a story Dec. 23 about piracy in Nigeria, The Associated Press erroneously reported that pirates killed three soldiers in October. The three killed were police officers. A corrected version of…

  • Economy dominates in-tray of new Tunisia president

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The newly elected president of Tunisia faces deep-seated economic problems as he takes power in the country that blazed the trail in the Arab Spring. While much of the election campaign…

  • Nigeria town divided over massacre compensation

    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The people of Odi were for years united in their outrage, demanding compensation after the Nigerian military killed scores in their community. The $83 million paid last month by the government…

  • Congo boat sinks on river, dozens feared dead

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo say dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a boat sank on the Congo River. Hubert Moliso, a minister in the northern Orientale province, said Tuesday…