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Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

   MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday. Six more have managed to escape their [...]

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Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The main opposition candidate in Algeria’s presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced. Ali Benflis told supporters at his headquarters that preliminary information indicated fraud on a grand scale with grave irregularities across the country. “Our [...]

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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday. The unprecedented string of attacks has many questioning the role of politicians in the insurgency and the [...]

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Health system criticized in I. Coast model’s death

  ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Awa Fadiga was attacked at night in a taxi that was taking her home to an upscale neighborhood in Ivory Coast’s capital. Two witnesses say they saw the locally famous fashion model being thrown out of the cab under a bridge, apparently unconscious. Firefighters rushed the 23-year-old to the [...]

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In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

  KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her “the killer nurse,” after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient. The 64-year-old nurse, [...]

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2 priests, Canadian nun abducted in Cameroon

ROME (AP) — Armed groups on Saturday abducted two Italian priests and a Canadian nun working as missionaries in northern Cameroon, Italy’s government and Catholic church officials said. Italy’s foreign ministry identified the priests as Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, but declined to give other details, including the Canadian’s identity, to avoid compromising efforts for [...]

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Poll: Women’s discrimination high in North Africa

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Attitudes toward women’s equality are dimmer in North Africa than in the rest of the continent, according to a new poll of about 50,000 people across 34 African countries. The Afrobarometer poll, conducted in 2011-2013 and released Thursday, found women are at a disadvantage compared to men across Africa, [...]

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Nigeria’s Nollywood: most prolific movie machine

  LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A 15-second drum roll and the title of the film, “Deceptive Heart,” comes crashing onto the screen in a groovy 1970s font. Less than 10 minutes into the Nollywood movie, the heart of plot is revealed: A woman has two boyfriends and doesn’t know what to do. The story moves [...]

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At South African mine, it’s a long, long way down

WESTONARIA, South Africa (AP) — For those who grumble about their daily commute, imagine this ride to work: clamber into an elevator cage and plummet 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) into the earth, so fast that ears pop from the changing air pressure. Then board a small railroad car that creaks and grinds the same distance [...]

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Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people. Senegal’s Interior Ministry announced the border closure Saturday. It also said officials in the southern region of Kolda closed a weekly market which draws thousands of people [...]

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Despite new law, Ugandan cleric ministers to gays

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counselling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays. Dressed in a purple shirt and white [...]

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