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

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is reporting another deadly attack in the disputed region of Abyei area that’s claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. It’s the fourth fatal attack in two months…

  • 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…

  • Blasts from women suicide bombers kill 4 in north Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A witness and a security officer say four people died when two women blew themselves up at a bus stop in a village in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a series…

  • Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year. Polling stations…

  • Sierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola. Sierra Leone recorded 18 new cases of Ebola in the week…

  • UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with…

  • Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military’s battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria’s Islamic extremists. Boko Haram rebels have crossed over from Nigeria…

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

    VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to…