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