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Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule. “I declare that I’m leaving power in order to have a free and transparent election in 90 days,” said Compaore in a statement read out on television and radio stations. [...]

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Anti-Islamists take most seats in Tunisia poll

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A liberal party with ties to the deposed regime took the most seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections, leaving the once dominant Islamists running a close second, the election commission announced in the early hours of the morning Thursday, October 30. The Nida Tunis (Tunis Calls) Party, running on an explicitly [...]

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Zambian president dies after long illness

  LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed “King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country’s acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when [...]

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Amnesty: Libyan militias committing war crimes

  CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said rival militias and armed groups in Western Libya are committing “mounting war crimes” with impunity. In a new report released Thursday, October 30, it accused fighters of having complete disregard for civilian lives, saying militants have fired GRAD rockets and artillery into civilian neighborhoods. “In today’s Libya the [...]

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Larson named AP’s West Africa bureau chief

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Krista Larson, who has covered the Ebola outbreak and the deadly conflict in Central African Republic for The Associated Press, has been named bureau chief for West Africa for the news cooperative. The appointment was announced Thursday, October 30, by AP Africa Editor Andrew Selsky. Larson has worked in Africa [...]

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South Africans mourn sport deaths

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials on Thursday, October 30, called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week. The calls were made at a memorial service to honor three sports figures who died within three days of each other. [...]

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Burkina Faso president won’t resign after protests

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s longtime leader refused to resign Thursday, October 30, in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Protesters stormed the parliament building and set part of it ablaze [...]

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No flak jacket: UN’s Ban Ki-moon lands in Somalia

  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made his second trip to Somalia’s capital on Wednesday, walking around the seaside airport complex in a dark business suit. Ban’s fashion choices are not typically newsworthy but are significant in Mogadishu: On his trip in 2011, he wore a U.N.-branded bullet-proof vest. The fact that [...]

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Algeria police protests sign of deep divisions

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of protesters thronged the grounds of the presidential palace recently, demanding a better life. Algeria has seen many demonstrations like this one in its tumultuous modern history, but this time something was different: The marchers were the police usually in charge of crowd control. The unprecedented demonstrations by Algerian [...]

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Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s well-organized Islamists have been defeated in parliamentary elections, paying the price for their turbulent years of power after the Arab Spring that saw the rise of terrorist groups in this North African nation. Voters sought security and stability with familiar faces from Tunisia’s more authoritarian past, but the Islamists’ [...]

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Rally protests another term for Burkina Faso prez

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Police used tear gas on Tuesday to disperse an opposition protest in Burkina Faso’s capital, as tensions increase ahead of a vote this week on whether the country’s longtime president can seek another term. Thousands of people who say President Blaise Compaore has been in power long enough rallied [...]

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