Kenya: President has rally to celebrate ICC dropping charges
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Kenya: President has rally to celebrate ICC dropping charges

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held a rally Saturday April, 16. attended by thousands to celebrate the withdrawal of the crimes against humanity charges against him, his deputy president and others at the International Criminal Court. The rally was opposed by opposition leader Raila Odinga and some civic organizations who say it … Continue reading

Libyan smuggling route grows 1 year after mass drownings
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Libyan smuggling route grows 1 year after mass drownings

When more than 800 people drowned last year on an overcrowded ship bound for Italy’s southernmost isle of Lampedusa, the European Union deployed a round-the-clock flotilla that has saved thousands of lives on what remains one of the world’s most perilous journeys. But one year after Europe’s deadliest migrant disaster, humanitarian and security efforts off … Continue reading

Burundi: Official says 4 members of ruling party killed
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Burundi: Official says 4 members of ruling party killed

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A Burundi official said Sunday that four members of the country’s ruling party were killed in an attack in continuing violence associated with the extended tenure of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The attack was on supporters of the ruling party who had gathered for an environmental clean-up exercise, said Jerome Ntakarutimana, chief … Continue reading

Boko Haram still a threat months after ‘technical victory’
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Boko Haram still a threat months after ‘technical victory’

MAROUA, Cameroon (AP) — Here on the front line against Boko Haram, no one boasts of having “technically” won the war. More than four months after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari made such a claim, the extremists still crisscross international borders, avoiding direct confrontations with U.S.-backed African forces while refocusing on soft targets like marketplaces and … Continue reading

2,000 tusks aflame in large burn of poached wildlife goods
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2,000 tusks aflame in large burn of poached wildlife goods

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Some 2,000 illegally trafficked elephant tusks and hundreds of finished ivory products erupted in a ball of fire Tuesday as Cameroonian authorities conducted what was believed to be one of the largest burnings of poached wildlife goods in African history. Setting the pyre aflame in a sandy square in Cameroon’s capital, … Continue reading

Intl court dismisses case against Kenya’s deputy president
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Intl court dismisses case against Kenya’s deputy president

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court terminated the case against Kenya’s deputy president and ended his trial Tuesday, saying there was insufficient evidence he was involved in deadly violence that erupted after his country’s 2007 presidential election. The presiding judge wrote in the majority decision that the reason for the lack of … Continue reading

Libya’s Tripoli-based government says will ‘cease duties’
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Libya’s Tripoli-based government says will ‘cease duties’

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — One of Libya’s rival governments resigned on Tuesday, a step that helps efforts by a new, U.N.-brokered unity government to assert itself in the capitol, Tripoli, despite opposition from some local militias. In a statement, the Tripoli-based National Salvation Government said it would “cease duties” as executive authority, and therefore absolve … Continue reading

Nigerian military opens camp to rehabilitate Boko Haram
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Nigerian military opens camp to rehabilitate Boko Haram

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military has opened a camp to rehabilitate Boko Haram fighters who have surrendered and are repentant, according to a statement Wednesday that urged other fighters to abandon the Islamic insurgency that has claimed 20,000 lives in six years. The military also said it has rescued 11,595 civilian hostages in attacks … Continue reading

S. Sudan rebels move into capital; risky part of peace deal
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S. Sudan rebels move into capital; risky part of peace deal

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Armed South Sudanese rebels have begun taking up positions in the capital, a risky but crucial step to end two years of war. The Associated Press and other journalists on Thursday toured one of the rebel camps where fighters dressed in green fatigues stood in semi-circle formation, chanting call-and-response war … Continue reading

SAfrican court rejects Winnie’s claim to Mandela rural home
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SAfrican court rejects Winnie’s claim to Mandela rural home

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court ruled Thursday that Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has no rights to his rural home. The court in Mthatha town dismissed Madikizela-Mandela’s claim to the Qunu property, where the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 is buried. The couple divorced in 1996 and … Continue reading

UN announces 108 new alleged sexual abuse victims in CAR
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UN announces 108 new alleged sexual abuse victims in CAR

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 100 girls and women have come forward with new sexual abuse accusations against international peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the U.N. said Thursday, calling allegations that a French military commander forced three girls to have sex with a dog “shocking to the core.” The revelations dramatically expand an already … Continue reading

WHO says new case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia
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WHO says new case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, the World Health Organization said Friday, a setback for the country which had been declared free from Ebola transmissions in January. Health authorities at the Redemption Hospital in the densely-populated New Kru Town suburbs of Monrovia said a 30-year-old woman died … Continue reading

Nigeria apologizes for fuel woes as frustration mounts
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Nigeria apologizes for fuel woes as frustration mounts

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Fuel lines stretched for more than a kilometer (half-mile) on Friday in Nigeria’s capital because of a fuel shortage in sub-Saharan Africa’s top oil-producing country. Drivers in Abuja groaned and shouted in frustration when one station closed because it was apparently out of fuel. Smaller lines formed outside private gas stations … Continue reading

Tomb radar: King Tut’s burial chamber shows hidden rooms
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Tomb radar: King Tut’s burial chamber shows hidden rooms

CAIRO (AP) — Radar scans of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, a tantalizing discovery that could resolve a mystery as old as the pyramids: What was the fate of Egypt’s beautiful Queen Nefertiti? At a packed Cairo news conference Thursday to announce the find in King Tut’s tomb in Luxor, Antiquities … Continue reading

Senegal votes on referendum to reduce presidential term
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Senegal votes on referendum to reduce presidential term

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese residents on Sunday voted on a constitutional referendum that could see sweeping constitutional reforms including a reduction of presidential powers and terms from seven to five years, on a continent where many leaders try to hold onto power. More than 5 million people are expected to vote Sunday to determine … Continue reading

Building collapse on construction site kills 34 in Nigeria
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Building collapse on construction site kills 34 in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The collapse of a building complex under construction has killed 34 mainly foreign workers in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, officials said Thursday. National Emergency Management Agency’s spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye said 13 people were saved from the rubble in the rescue operation that started after the Tuesday pre-dawn collapse and ended … Continue reading

Libya’s UN-sponsored government says ready to take power
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Libya’s UN-sponsored government says ready to take power

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-sponsored unity government was gearing up to assume power on Sunday March 12, although major concerns remained over its chances of successfully setting up shop in Tripoli, where some of its security officials were briefly detained and several militias have openly threatened it. In a statement late Saturday, the Government … Continue reading