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  • New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army it is hoped can defeat the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has killed 20,000 people and driven nearly…

  • Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday. Some…

  • Man describes find that could solve MH370 plane mystery

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Johnny Begue was out collecting stones on the French Indian Ocean island he calls home when he says he saw part of an airplane wing washed up in the sand. The…

  • Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone said Thursday they had quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, in…

  • A look at lion hunting in Zimbabwe

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The killing of a well-known Zimbabwe lion named Cecil by a dentist from Minnesota has provoked outrage among animal activists and thrown a new spotlight on big game hunting in that southern…

  • South Sudan soldiers accused of stealing relief food

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Soldiers believed to be with the South Sudanese army and allied militia stole relief food and killed seven people in an attack on a rebel-held part of Unity state, a…

  • Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Activists on Thursday urged Uganda’s government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda’s border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region’s…

  • Lion-hunting is legal in parts of Africa despite concern

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the “Big Five” animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment.…

  • Somalia president: No elections in 2016

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is…

  • Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he…

  • The Latest: Hundreds protest lion killing at dentist office

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The latest information on the Minnesota hunter and guides in Zimbabwe who killed a protected lion during a hunt in the African nation (all times are Central): 5:15 p.m. A group…

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: ___ July 29 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Turkey complicating Middle Eastern conflicts: Turkey’s alert to NATO while increasing its involvement in the Syrian war…

  • Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday. Four years after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s…

  • Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying…

  • Zimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and…