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  • Coalition forms in Lesotho after no clear election winner

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With no majority winner of Lesotho’s Feb. 28 election, one leader of the main opposition group tried to form a coalition on Wednesday. Leader of the Democratic Congress, Pakalitha Mosisili, announced during…

  • Kenya: Businessmen, ex-officials charged for fraud

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court charged 12 businessmen and officials for fraud and abuse of office on Wednesday over a multimillion dollar scandal that involved highly inflated contracts allegedly being awarded to phantom…

  • Purported Islamic State militants attack Libyan oil field

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants purportedly from the Islamic State group attacked an oil field near Libya’s central coast, prompting a counterattack by the country’s Islamist-backed government that included airstrikes, an official said Wednesday. The…

  • Hundreds evacuated as wildfire in South Africa burns on

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — About 500 people fled their homes in South Africa’s city of Cape Town as a wildfire defied rain and firefighters with smoke and flames rising for a fourth day Wednesday. Three homes…

  • Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand…

  • South African firefighters battle wildfire for a third day

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A wildfire burned for a third day around Cape Town’s Table Mountain on Tuesday, injuring a firefighter as it caused an explosion at a lodge, an emergency services spokeswoman said. At first…

  • Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. The Chadian forces regained…

  • Prominent lawyer fatally shot in Mozambique

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Assailants in Mozambique on Tuesday killed a prominent academic and expert in constitutional law by firing on the car he was riding in along a central thoroughfare in Maputo, the capital,…

  • South Sudan rebels: President needs to make more concessions

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan’s rebels on Tuesday warned that peace talks with the government could fail if the government does not make concessions, especially on the issue of how to share power…

  • Boko Haram posts reported beheading video

    WASHINGTON — The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram posted a graphic video online Monday night showing the apparent beheading of two men the group said were spies. CNN reports that the six-minute video shows two men…

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

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations reported another deadly attack Monday in the oil-rich region of Abyei that’s claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. It was the fourth attack in two months in…

  • 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…