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  • Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Farther…

  • Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: “If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me.” Dr. Desmond Williams continues: “I want to give my family the permission to…

  • Video shows Boko Haram killing captives

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are…

  • Gabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed

    LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon’s prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.…

  • Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread…

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday. Mohamed Bachir Suleman, who had been accused by the U.S. government of being an international…

  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants…

  • 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…