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Explosion rocks mall in Nigerian capital

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 25, and police said at least 21 people have been killed. The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country’s Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many [...]

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Freed Christian woman, family detained in Sudan

  KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan and later freed has been detained at an airport while trying to leave the country Tuesday, her lawyer said. Lawyer Eman Abdul-Rahim told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was held along with two children and her husband at the [...]

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4 blasts hit Cairo subway stations, court, wound 3

  CAIRO (AP) — Four near-simultaneous small explosions went off in subway stations and outside a court building in Cairo on Wednesday, wounding three people and causing widespread panic among morning commuters, officials said, in the first attacks since the election of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former army chief who last year’s ouster of [...]

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  MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday. Security forces denied the kidnappings. Nigeria’s government and military have been widely criticized for their slow response to the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped April 15. There was [...]

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Environment, economy linked at new UN assembly

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya on Monday, as more than 150 high-level delegations began a weeklong examination of the intersection between global economic progress and the environment. The environment is no longer a niche topic backed by a passionate minority, Achim Steiner, the head of the [...]

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict Monday, June 23 that stunned their families and was quickly denounced as a blow to freedom of expression. International pressure mounted on Egypt’s president to pardon the three. The verdicts [...]

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US pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

  CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, June 22, made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office as Washington presses the former army chief to adopt more moderate policies. Economic and security problems are undermining Egypt’s stability, and Kerry’s visit signals an attempt by the [...]

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Ugandans drum alarms to rescue abducted children

  BUIKWE, Uganda (AP) — When a child goes missing in this central Ugandan district, villagers beat drums into a pulsing rhythm that sends rescuers scampering through bushes. Others, riding motorcycles, try to block exit routes. In response to the kidnappings and ritual killings of children here, the traumatized community has created a rudimentary but [...]

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Mauritanian president easily wins re-election

  NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania’s president easily won re-election after the major opposition parties boycotted the vote, the electoral commission announced Sunday, June 22. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won with nearly 82 percent of the vote, according to the commission. The next closest candidate took only about 8 percent. The Constitutional Council, the West [...]

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Ivory for sale in Angola; big tuskers die in Kenya

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The craft market just north of Angola’s capital sells paintings, hand-carved wooden animals and newly woven baskets. It is also sells more than 10,000 pieces of ivory, making it the largest market in southern Africa to openly sell elephant tusks, an illegal trade. Across the African continent, in Kenya, two [...]

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Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., [...]

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