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  • Swaziland: Festival continues despite calls to mourn dancers

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of young women and girls danced and sang before their king in Swaziland’s most famous traditional festival on Sunday, despite calls to cancel the reed dance after dozens of participants died…

  • South Sudan rebels: Clashes continue after cease-fire

    JUBA , South Sudan (AP) — Government troops on Sunday attacked a village in South Sudan’s volatile Unity state on the first day of a cease-fire that both sides have pledged to implement, according to…

  • US-Belgian arrested in Sierra Leone ‘blood diamond’ case

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Spanish authorities have arrested a businessman with dual American-Belgian citizenship who has been accused of enslavement and pillaging “blood diamonds” during Sierra Leone’s civil war, a legal aid group said.…

  • 38 girls, young women killed in Swaziland crash, says group

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to Swaziland’s most famous traditional festival, a rights group said on Saturday. An additional 20 others were injured…

  • Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency

    ATLANTA (AP) — To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter’s battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar. Zakaria was the last person to be declared disease-free in Ghana after more than 20 years of…

  • Mozambican journalist, known for crime reporting, killed

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A veteran Mozambican journalist, known for his crime reporting, was gunned down on the streets of the capital. Paulo Machava was shot by unknown assailants on Friday, while on his morning…

  • South Sudan fighting persists as cease-fire approaches: UN

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Violent clashes continued between South Sudan’s warring factions Saturday before a cease-fire is to come into effect on Sunday, U.N., government and rebel officials said. There was an exchange of…

  • Officials: 7 die in Nigeria air force plane crash

    KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says one of its aircraft has crashed into a residential house in Kaduna state killing all four crew and three passengers. Commodore Dele Alonge, air force spokesman,…

  • Chad delivers death sentences to 10 Boko Haram members

    N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad’s prosecutor says 10 members of Boko Haram have been sentenced to death for crimes including murder and the use of explosives. Bruno Mahouli Louapambe said in a statement Friday that…

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Swaziland rights group says 38 girls and young women killed in crash traveling to festival.

  • Extremists kill 28 in villages in northeastern Nigeria

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists killed 28 people during attacks on remote villages in northeast Nigeria, members of a civilian defense group said on Friday. A total of 24 people were killed in…

  • Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic

    BATANGAFO, Central African Republic (AP) — A militia group released 163 children from its ranks on Friday in Central African Republic, a country where as many as 10,000 youth have become ensnared in the sectarian…

  • Senegal activist: Release 7 men convicted of gay acts

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese activist and a rights group on Friday called for the release of seven men arrested in July and sentenced to six months in prison for homosexual acts. Djamil Bangoura,…

  • Mali militia refuses to leave town after peace deal broken

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A government-allied militia in Mali says it won’t follow demands by an international peace monitoring group to leave a northern town that it took from separatists last week. Fihroun Maiga, spokesman…

  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya’s coast

    ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the western coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people…