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  • new storyMore than 70 injured in train derailment in Egypt 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:30 am

    CAIRO - An Egyptian health ministry official says 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned, as it was travelling north toward Cairo.

  • Mexico beats Senegal 2-0 in exhibition in Miami story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:59 pm

    MIAMI - Jesus Duenas and Rodolfo Pizarro scored second-half goals to help Mexico beat Senegal 2-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

  • Prosecutor requests life sentence for ex-Chad dictator 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 6:09 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - The prosecution has requested that Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes in an unprecedented trial in which one African country is prosecuting the former ruler of another.

  • Kenyan athletes allege doping bribery story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:44 pm

    EMBU, Kenya - Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions.

  • 2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:08 pm

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.

  • Nigeria's army accuse 2 soldiers of arming Boko Haram 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:03 pm

    ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's army has arrested two soldiers allegedly caught trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Rwanda hopes to use drones to deliver medical supplies 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 12:53 pm

    KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda's government has signed an agreement with a U.S.-based robotics company to build infrastructure for drones that would deliver medical supplies to health facilities across the country.

  • Central African Republic to go ahead with elections Sunday story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 12:02 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - Central African Republic's long awaited presidential runoff vote will go forward Sunday alongside a second attempt at credible legislative elections, election authorities said as the two top candidates campaigned outside the capital Wednesday.

  • Double suicide bombing in Cameroon's north kills at least 10 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 11:40 am

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - The governor of Cameroon's Far North region says two suicide bombers have killed at least 10 people in an attack on a northern village.

  • Citing security, Davos organizers postpone Egypt conference 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:22 am

    GENEVA - Organizers of the World Economic Forum, which holds an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, have postponed a similar conference planned to take place in Egypt this spring over security concerns.

  • Zimbabwe needs $1.5 billion in food aid, says vice president 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 8:49 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's vice president says the drought-stricken country needs to raise $1.5 billion for food aid.

  • 3 soldiers die after vehicle hits land mine in central Mali 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 7:21 am

    BAMAKO, Mali - Mali's defense ministry says three soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Mali's central Mopti region.

  • South African teams struggle to reach buried workers at mine 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 7:08 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Searchers at a South African mine on Wednesday struggled to reach three missing workers in a mobile office container that was buried under thousands of tons of rock last week.

  • Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 8:21 pm

    HOUSTON - A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.

  • South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:46 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - The body of a young anti-apartheid activist who was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 by South African police has never been found, her family never able to mourn at a grave, her killers not sent to prison.

  • Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

  • Kenya planning on track for Rio Olympics; No Zika boycott story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 12:41 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya is preparing as planned for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics while also monitoring the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the official in charge of the country's team said Tuesday.

  • South African court hears case against president story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 11:45 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The chant "Pay back the money" filtered into South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, as judges heard a case in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.

  • Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 7:01 pm

    THIES, Senegal - Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.

  • US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 6:25 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

  • Reborn Maine mill town offers lessons amid refugee crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-08-16 4:55 pm

    LEWISTON, Maine - The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation's whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig's head rolled into the local mosque.

  • Obama says the US and Italy are working together in Libya 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 4:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met Monday to discuss efforts to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group is capitalizing on political instability to increase its influence.

  • Bility: 26 African nations won't support Salman in FIFA vote story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:45 pm

    MONROVIA, Liberia - At least 26 African countries will defy their continental confederation and not vote for Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the FIFA presidential election, the outspoken head of the Liberia soccer federation said Monday.

  • Governor, health officials sued over Ebola quarantines 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 were essentially imprisoned illegally under a state policy based on politics, not science, according to a lawsuit they filed on Monday.

  • Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:10 pm

    BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants.