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  • 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…

  • South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her. The family had always celebrated…

  • Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.…

  • South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed. The man’s shop was attacked by South African small business owners on Thursday night, said police spokesman…

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is “not the power behind my throne.” The remark came ahead of a lavish…

  • ICC Prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said on Friday that more time is needed to gather evidence against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at The Hague court. Fatou Bensouda told…

  • Explosions in Nigerian towns in north kill at least 34

    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Explosions in Nigeria’s north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday. Residents say at…

  • Mortar shells land by Somalia’s presidential palace

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least three mortars landed inside Somalia’s heavily fortified presidential palace compound on Thursday, a Somali police officer said. Some were wounded in the attack that was claimed by Somali Islamic…

  • South African tourism minister survives carjacking attempt

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African’s minister of tourism survived an attempted carjacking, as his bodyguards and the carjackers exchanged fire with the attackers, police said on Thursday. Three men in a Volkswagen Golf followed Minister…

  • Petesch appointed AP West Africa correspondent

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Carley Petesch, a longtime editor in Africa who has reported from Nigeria and South Africa for The Associated Press, has been named a West Africa correspondent for the news organization. The appointment…