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Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria

  POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometers (185 miles) apart. In an apparently unrelated development, an American missionary has been kidnapped from a school in central Kogi state. [...]

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South Africa investigates alleged leak of intelligence files

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Warning of a threat to national security, a top South African official on Wednesday condemned an alleged leak of South African intelligence documents and said an investigation is underway. The comments by David Mahlobo, South Africa’s state security minister, followed the publication this week of the purported spy files by The [...]

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Traditional healer returns to first Ebola-affected village

  MELIANDOU, Guinea (AP) — Here at ground zero of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, a local traditional healer returned to complete the removal of a curse residents believe could have been placed on their village in Guinea. It is the same village where experts believe 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno was the first person to have died [...]

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Liberia schools reopen after 6-month Ebola closure

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Students in Liberia began returning to the classroom Monday after a six-month closure during the Ebola epidemic that left thousands dead, lining up in their uniforms to have their temperatures taken before they could enter school gates. Pupils who trickled in to Saint Michael High School on the outskirts of [...]

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Boko Haram issues new threat against Niger, Chad

  YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The Nigeria-based terror group Boko Haram on Monday threatened neighboring countries Niger and Chad, warning the fighters were prepared to carry out suicide bombings in the countries sending troops to help fight the extremists. The warning came as leaders from Niger and other countries in the region gathered in Cameroon’s [...]

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Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds, tells stories of Chibok girls

  YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — When Islamic extremists snatched more than 270 girls from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria in the dead of night, protests broke out worldwide. The U.S. pledged to help find them, and the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was born. Some 10 months later, most are still missing. The Boko Haram extremist group [...]

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South Africans mark 25th anniversary of Mandela’s release

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela insisted that he wanted to walk out of prison, when then President F. W. de Klerk told him he would finally be freed 25 years ago. On Wednesday, South Africans marked the anniversary of the release of Mandela who four years later became the country’s first black president. Mandela [...]

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Bob Hewitt rape trial: 3rd woman accuses former tennis star

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A third woman testified Wednesday that she was sexually abused while a minor by former tennis star Bob Hewitt, and that he once said to her at a coaching session “rape is enjoyable.” The woman testified in a South African court that she was sexually assaulted while Hewitt gave her tennis [...]

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South Africans mark 25th anniversary of Mandela’s release

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela insisted that he wanted to walk out of prison, when then President F. W. de Klerk told him he would finally be freed 25 years ago. On Wednesday, South Africans marked the anniversary of the release of Mandela who four years later became the country’s first black president. Mandela [...]

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Missing US pilot, plane frustrate searchers in Africa

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Last year, an American disappeared while traveling alone in a small plane in West Africa, heading to a new job as an anti-poaching pilot in a national park. Investigators think he hit a mountain but the location of his Cessna 172 remains a mystery after a search stymied by limited resources, [...]

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Car bomb explodes in Niger town targeted by Boko Haram

  NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the militants and residents said other fighters in Cameroon had abducted 20 people aboard a public bus. A huge explosion rang out in the [...]

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