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  • Angry youths stone Nigerian leader’s convoy; police fire gas

    JALINGO, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at the Nigerian government’s failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan’s electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on…

  • Youths angry at failure to fight Islamic uprising stone Nigerian president’s convoy in Yola

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at failure to fight Islamic uprising stone Nigerian president’s convoy in Yola.

  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in…

  • Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here. Police spokesman Fred…

  • Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. More than 40 people have been killed in seven…

  • Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions…

  • UN: 3 killed, 13 hurt in northern Mali protest

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers said they fired tear gas and warning shots on Tuesday to disperse a protest that had degenerated into violence outside one of their bases in northern Mali. Three people…

  • Somali prime minister appoints new Cabinet

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s prime minister unveiled his new Cabinet Tuesday, weeks after he withdrew his initial line-up following opposition by the parliament. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke appointed a 20-member Cabinet, mostly political newcomers,…

  • A US green-energy blueprint, meant to help Liberia, fails

    BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) — On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa’s poorest countries into the world’s first biomass-driven economy.…

  • 2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Two officers in Rwanda’s military Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting insurrection against the government. Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara and Col. Tom Byabagamba, who were arrested in August 2014,…

  • US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia

    BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) — The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia’s third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. They formed a company, Buchanan Renewables, and set anchor, crafting a…

  • Somalia: Al-Shabab leader says he has quit terror group

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A leader of Somalia’s Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head announced Tuesday he has quit the insurgency and renounced violence perpetrated by the al Qaida-linked…

  • Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, the…

  • Zimbabwe’s white farmers face threats of new evictions

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Most of Zimbabwe’s white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new…

  • 3,000 child soldiers to be freed in war-torn South Sudan

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — About 3,000 child soldiers will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children’s agency said after 280 children were freed on Tuesday. More phased…