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  • new storySouth Africa prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 6:41 am

    JOHANNESBURG - South African prosecutors plan to charge four former members of the apartheid-era security forces for the 1983 murder of a young woman who had recently graduated from university and was a courier for the then-banned African National Congress.

  • South African court hears case against president 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 5:07 am

    JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's highest court on Tuesday heard a case against President Jacob Zuma, who is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.

  • Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 7:01 pm

    THIES, Senegal - Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.

  • US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 6:25 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

  • Reborn Maine mill town offers lessons amid refugee crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-08-16 4:55 pm

    LEWISTON, Maine - The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation's whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig's head rolled into the local mosque.

  • Obama says the US and Italy are working together in Libya 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 4:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met Monday to discuss efforts to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group is capitalizing on political instability to increase its influence.

  • Bility: 26 African nations won't support Salman in FIFA vote story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:45 pm

    MONROVIA, Liberia - At least 26 African countries will defy their continental confederation and not vote for Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the FIFA presidential election, the outspoken head of the Liberia soccer federation said Monday.

  • Governor, health officials sued over Ebola quarantines 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 were essentially imprisoned illegally under a state policy based on politics, not science, according to a lawsuit they filed on Monday.

  • Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:10 pm

    BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants.

  • Italy urges Egypt to help find who tortured, killed student story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:51 pm

    ROME - Italy kept pressure on Egypt Monday to cooperate in finding who tortured and murdered an Italian student doing research in Cairo, insisting it wouldn't accept convenient answers in the case.

  • Giant red carpet for Egypt leader's motorcade sparks uproar story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:51 pm

    CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is facing criticism after a massive red carpet was laid over public roads for his motorcade during a trip to open a social housing project in a Cairo suburb, where he preached austerity.

  • Tanzania arrests more suspects in slaying of British pilot 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:33 pm

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Police in Tanzania say they are holding a total of nine suspects over the killing of a British helicopter pilot who was on an anti-poaching mission.

  • A reporter covers 2 decades of tumult in the Middle East 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 10:36 am

    "And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East" (Simon & Schuster), by Richard Engel

  • Senegal fears extremism amid imam arrests, regional attacks 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 9:59 am

    KAOLACK, Senegal - Dozens of armed security forces descended on the Quranic school at night, arresting an imam suspected of having links to Islamic extremists in Nigeria.

  • South African university suspends 2 in costume outcry 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 9:27 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A South African university suspended two white students for painting their faces in what it called a "blackface" incident deemed to be racially offensive. One of the students, however, said they were dressing as purple space aliens for a party with a galactic theme.

  • Australian released by jihadists arrives in Burkina Faso 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 6:29 am

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - An Australian woman who was freed by her al-Qaida captors after several weeks said Monday that she hopes her husband who remains a hostage will soon be released as well so they can continue their charity work in the West African country.

  • South Africa's Desmond Tutu defends reconciliation process 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 5:10 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has defended the reconciliation policy that ended white minority rule in South Africa, saying the country has social and economic problems largely because of later mismanagement.

  • Qatar acquires stake in Chevron oil project off Morocco 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 4:01 am

    DOHA, Qatar - The Qatari state oil company, Qatar Petroleum, says it has reached a deal with Chevron to acquire 30 percent of its stake in offshore drilling areas in Morocco.

  • Somalia spokesman: Video shows laptop handed to bomb suspect story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-07-16 6:31 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - Security video footage taken at Mogadishu airport shows two men handing what looks like a laptop computer to the suspected suicide bomber after he passed through the security checkpoint, Somalia's government spokesman said Sunday.

  • Congo claims African Nations title, beats Mali 3-0 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 4:06 pm

    KIGALI, Rwanda - Congo won the African Nations Championship title by convincingly beating Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda on Sunday.

  • Spanish police arrest 7 on suspicion of jihadi links to IS 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:06 am

    MADRID - Spanish police arrested seven suspected members of a jihadi cell linked to the Islamic State group and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids Sunday in the eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante, and in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta.

  • African Children's Choir to perform in Florence 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:00 am

    FLORENCE, Alabama - Since 1984, the African Children's Choir has been giving kids from across the continent of Africa a chance to improve their lives.

  • Local researcher continues grandfather's work on Zika virus 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 9:00 am

    FREDERICK, Maryland - As the Zika virus rages through South and Central America, probably causing women to give birth to babies with abnormally small heads, few people understand that the virus has its origins in Africa. And even fewer realize that the man who originally discovered the virus 70 years ago, Alexander John Haddow, has a Frederick and a Fort Detrick connection.

  • Algeria's parliament OKs new constitution with term limits 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 8:55 am

    ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution aimed at reforming the country by limiting presidents to two terms and recognizing the language used by its Berber minority as official.

  • Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 5:50 pm

    NIAMEY, Niger - A spokesman for Niger's president says an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso has been freed.