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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. Thursday’s bombing marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the militants of Boko Haram. [...]

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Report: Hundreds of thousands of Africans are stateless

  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report says hundreds of thousands — perhaps millions — of Africans are stateless because of gaps in the citizenship laws of many countries. The report from the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights says Africans whose legal existence is jeopardized often are deprived of the right [...]

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Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

  KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here. Police spokesman Fred Enanga said Thursday, January 29, the suspects were “using religion to recruit people” into an armed group. At least [...]

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Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home

  BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions in their new location that scholars say could cause permanent damage. In 2012, Timbuktu and the rest of northern [...]

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Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic State

  TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants loyal to the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya’s capital Tripoli, signaling an expansion of the jihadi group’s reach in the chaotic North African state while raising questions about the extent of coordination with leaders in Syria [...]

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Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. More than 40 people have been killed in seven villages in Adamawa state this week, according to resident Emmanuel Kwache. “They slaughtered people like rams and they burned down [...]

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Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said. [...]

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Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll. At the height of the outbreak in August and September, Liberia was recording more than 300 new [...]

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2 suspected looters killed in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday. The slain men were part of a group that allegedly went to loot a Somali-owned [...]

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Tunisia announces new minority government without Islamists

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid announced a new minority government Friday that excludes most of the major players on the political scene, including Islamist and leftist parties. The big winner in last year’s elections was the nationalist Nida Tunis party, but with only 86 of the 217 seats, it had [...]

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SAfrica former police chief dies, was jailed for corruption

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legacy of former apartheid activist and member of parliament, Jackie Selebi, who died Friday, may be overshadowed by his disgrace as national police commissioner. The former top police official, who also was president of Interpol from 2004 to 2008, was convicted of corruption in 2010, accused of accepting bribes from [...]

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