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  • Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan judges on Monday ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country’s gay people. The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three…

  • Burundi Red Cross: 6 killed in anti-president protests

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — At least six people have been killed in clashes between police and civilians demonstrating against the Burundian president’s bid for a third term, a spokesman for the Burundi Red Cross said…

  • SAfrica: Charity, solidarity arise in anti-foreigner attacks

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Recent attacks on immigrants and their businesses in some parts of South Africa revealed anger over limited economic opportunities and a degree of intolerance, but they also gave rise to charity and…

  • Togo counts votes as president seeks third term

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Officials in Togo on Sunday added up results from a presidential vote that had the lowest turnout of any election conducted in the past decade. President Faure Gnassingbe is seeking a…

  • Protests after Burundi leader is nominated for a third term

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Hundreds of people in Burundi protested in the capital Sunday after the country’s ruling party nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term. There were clashes between protesters and…

  • Boko Haram attacks Niger army base, defense ministry says

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suspected Boko Haram fighters in motorized canoes attacked a Niger army base on an island in Lake Chad, the body of water touching all four countries that have been targeted by…

  • UN chief names new head of Ebola mission as outbreak calms

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.N. chief on Saturday appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa’s Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world’s deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon…

  • Togo votes as president seeks to continue family dynasty

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo’s president, whose family has ruled this small West African nation for nearly 50 years, appealed for peace as he vied for re-election Saturday against four other candidates. President Faure Gnassingbe…

  • UN: 3 contracted workers kidnapped in eastern Congo

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three people working for the United Nations in eastern Congo have been kidnapped and taken into the forest, the U.N. mission said Friday. A Zimbabwean and two Congolese were in the…

  • Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 100 humanitarian groups have asked the African Union’s human rights body to ensure that South Africa take “concrete steps” to prevent further attacks on immigrants. Seven people have died…

  • South Sudan opposition leader says troops surround his home

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An opposition leader in South Sudan said on Friday that government troops had surrounded his house in the capital, raising fears of insecurity in the city where a fight among…

  • Togo to vote in presidential election amid political unrest

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo will vote Saturday in an election that could see its president win a third five-year term, keeping his family in power for nearly 50 years. President Faure Gnassingbe assumed power…

  • Brother: Kenyan man in plot against president mentally ill

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The brother of a man arrested for allegedly being involved in an extremist plot to attack President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rural home says he is mentally ill. Ahmed Mire says his 46-year-old…

  • South African demonstrators condemn attacks on immigrants

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several thousand people marched through South Africa’s largest city on Thursday in a demonstration against recent attacks on immigrants that killed seven people. Demonstrators walked through the center of Johannesburg, passing high-rise…

  • South Africa’s image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Only a few kilometers (miles) separate Alexandra, a gritty Johannesburg township where South Africans attacked immigrants last week, from Sandton, a district jammed with high-end stores, restaurants and gleaming office towers symbolizing…