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  • Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis Friday with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption. Similar crises confronted him when…

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

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s poor handling 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…

  • 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…

  • Nigeria paying $800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the…

  • Grave of assassinated Burkina Faso leader exhumed

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities exhumed human remains Tuesday from the purported grave of Burkina Faso’s assassinated leader, nearly three decades after the Marxist revolutionary was killed during a coup in this West African…

  • Police: 5 wounded in militant attack on Kenyan police

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Kenyan police vehicles near Somalia’s border, injuring at least five officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday. Two officers were critically injured and three others sustained…

  • Attack on UN vehicle in Mali’s capital, 1 dead

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A United Nations official says that armed gunmen fired on a U.N. vehicle in Mali’s capital, killing one peacekeeper and injuring another. The U.N. official said Tuesday an investigation is being…

  • Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal…

  • Burkina Faso exhumes graves for answers about Sankara death

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly 30 years after President Thomas Sankara was killed in a coup as he strived to make his West African country an egalitarian one, his purported grave is being dug…