Nigeria’s president: Ex-officer stole billions in arms deals
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Nigeria’s president: Ex-officer stole billions in arms deals

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leader has ordered the arrest of the former president’s national security adviser for allegedly stealing billions of dollars meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram Islamic extremists rampaging across northeast Nigeria. “Thousands of needless Nigerian deaths would have been avoided” if the money had been properly spent, Femi Adesina, … Continue reading

Armed groups target elephants in Congo park
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Armed groups target elephants in Congo park

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The eight suspected poachers stood under a tree, apparently unaware they were being tracked by 10 rangers from Congo’s Garamba National Park. But as the rangers approached, gunfire rang out from the tall grass nearby, where other heavily armed men were hidden. The dragnet swiftly turned into a desperate fight for survival. … Continue reading

Tanzania: 5 Cabinet ministers lose seats in parliament
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Tanzania: 5 Cabinet ministers lose seats in parliament

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Five Cabinet members from Tanzania’s ruling party have lost their parliamentary seats, according to partial results released Tuesday by the country’s election commission. They lost to candidates representing an opposition alliance of four parties including Chadema, the main opposition party. Results for the presidential election are trickling in and … Continue reading

Ivory Coast President Ouattara easily wins re-election
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Ivory Coast President Ouattara easily wins re-election

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced early Wednesday. Ouattara received nearly 84 percent of Sunday’s vote, trouncing the opposition, according to results … Continue reading

Official nullifies results of Zanzibar presidential poll
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Official nullifies results of Zanzibar presidential poll

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — The political future of Zanzibar, a semiautonomous archipelago off the cost of Tanzania, was thrown into doubt Wednesday when its election commission chief nullified results of an election that the opposition claimed it had won. The results were scrapped because of several issues, Jecha Salim announced without saying when new elections … Continue reading

Hollywood Benghazi film sparking controversy inside Libya
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Hollywood Benghazi film sparking controversy inside Libya

  BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Even before the film’s release, Hollywood director Michael Bay’s new action movie is stirring controversy among government officials and residents of Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” depicts the events of the … Continue reading

Voters’ apathy influences Egypt’s legislative election
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Voters’ apathy influences Egypt’s legislative election

CAIRO (AP) — A mix of voters’ apathy and frustration characterized elections held Sunday for Egypt’s first legislature in more than three years, a chamber widely expected to be compliant with the policies of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who, as military chief, ousted the country’s first freely elected leader before he was elected to office himself … Continue reading

Republic of Congo: 6 injured in clashes over term limits
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Republic of Congo: 6 injured in clashes over term limits

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Six men were injured in clashes between police and opponents of a planned referendum to allow Republic of Congo’s longtime president to run for another term, a local official said. The clashes occurred Saturday in the country’s second largest city, Point-Noire, said Alexandre Honore Paka, the city’s administrator. Six … Continue reading

Guinea president wins second term, opponent vows to protest
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Guinea president wins second term, opponent vows to protest

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea President Alpha Conde has won a second term, the election commission announced Saturday, avoiding a runoff with his closest rival, who vowed to protest the results. “I proclaim that Alpha Conde has been elected president of the republic in the first round,” election commission head Bakary Fofana said Saturday night. … Continue reading

AP Interview: EU climate boss says emissions cuts not enough
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AP Interview: EU climate boss says emissions cuts not enough

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Europe’s climate chief has acknowledged for the first time that climate pledges made by national governments ahead of a major U.N. conference fall short of meeting the international goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Climate Commissioner Miguel … Continue reading

Mozambique plans to turn old ammo depot into nature reserve
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Mozambique plans to turn old ammo depot into nature reserve

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Craters lie where concrete bunkers once stood, testament to the powerful explosions that occurred when a Mozambican ammunition depot accidentally blew up in 2007, killing more than 100 people. Now work is underway to transform a site littered with old rockets, grenades and shells into a nature reserve with museums, restaurants … Continue reading

Global Hunger: Calamitous famine eradicated in last 50 years
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Global Hunger: Calamitous famine eradicated in last 50 years

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Those horrendous images of stick-like victims of famine may disappear from your screen. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, says a new report published Monday. The study, part … Continue reading