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Stories with place: Central Africa
  • Air France jet in near miss with giant volcano in Cameroon 
    Updated: May-27-15 11:23 am

    PARIS - Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.

  • Air France jet in near miss with giant volcano in Cameroon 
    Updated: May-27-15 8:46 am

    PARIS - Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.

  • Child sex abuse: France is working with C. African Republic 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:01 am

    PARIS - The French president's office says judicial authorities in France and Central African Republic are cooperating to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers.

  • UN officials didn't follow up on sex abuse claims for months story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 2:00 am

    UNITED NATIONS - For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.

  • Congo electoral commission updates voter list 
    Updated: May-23-15 9:56 am

    KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's national electoral commission has updated the country's electoral list ahead of local and provincial elections later this year, the commission said.

  • Herve Renard quits as Ivory Coast coach 
    Updated: May-22-15 3:14 pm

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Herve Renard quit as Ivory Coast coach on Friday, three months after delivering a long-awaited African Cup of Nations title.

  • Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help 
    Updated: May-22-15 1:27 pm

    KAMPALA, Uganda - An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.

  • Congo assesses $6.7 billion contracts with Chinese 
    Updated: May-21-15 11:58 am

    KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's government is bringing in outside experts to investigate the long-term impact of some $6.7 billion in contracts with Chinese companies that critics say could exploit the central African nation's mineral riches.

  • Maryland beats North Carolina 14-7 in lacrosse quarterfinals 
    Updated: May-17-15 6:49 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Bryan Cole matched his career high with five points and fellow midfielder Joe LoCascio had four to help Maryland beat North Carolina 14-7 on Sunday in the NCAA Division I lacrosse quarterfinals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

  • Inmate claims his sentencing was influenced by ethnic bias 
    Updated: May-15-15 4:22 am

    PORTLAND, Maine - A man sentenced to 38 years in prison for the killing of his roommate has asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to have his sentence reconsidered.

  • UN: 357 child soldiers released in C. African Republic 
    Updated: May-14-15 12:49 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - Armed groups in Central African Republic freed more than 350 child soldiers Thursday in the largest such release since the country became engulfed in sectarian violence in late 2013, the U.N. children's agency said.

  • 23 people killed by rebels in villages in Congo's east 
    Updated: May-14-15 10:11 am

    KINSHASA, Congo - Suspected rebels in Congo's North Kivu province using machetes and axes killed 23 people in overnight attacks on villages in the country's east, an official said Thursday.

  • Armed groups in CAfrican Republic sign disarmament deal 
    Updated: May-10-15 5:32 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - Rival armed groups in Central African Republic signed a deal Sunday to lay down their arms and end a conflict that has killed thousands, the United Nations said.

  • Burundi president registers as candidate despite protests story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 3:25 pm

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Burundi's leader registered Friday as a presidential candidate with the country's electoral commission, despite nearly two weeks of deadly street protests in the capital opposing his bid to seek a third term.

  • Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood 
    Updated: May-06-15 3:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites - by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.

  • 3,000 Nigerians escaping Boko Haram deported from Niger 
    Updated: May-06-15 3:09 pm

    GAIDAM, Nigeria - Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday.

  • UN tribunal lifts suspension of worker in French leak 
    Updated: May-06-15 11:22 am

    BERLIN - A United Nations tribunal has lifted the suspension of a U.N. worker who leaked information to French authorities about an internal investigation into accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused some children they were sent to protect.

  • AP Interview: Uganda's president says he's the one bullied story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 7:05 am

    UNITED NATIONS - There is so much freedom in Uganda that it's nearly anarchy, the country's president joked, stepping carefully around what's an open secret back home: Yoweri Museveni will run for yet another term next year, and surely he will win.

  • Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 4:47 am

    YOLA, Nigeria - A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls.

  • Republic of Congo gov't bans face veils, sleeping in mosques 
    Updated: May-02-15 10:31 am

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The Republic of Congo's government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence, the president of the Islamic High Council said.

  • Republic of Congo, Chad presidents set fire to ivory 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 2:26 pm

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The presidents of Republic of Congo and Chad on Wednesday set fire to five tons of ivory seized from poachers, using seized timber, to mark their commitment to the fight against poaching on the continent.