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Egypt Presidential Hopeful Says Bureaucrats Blocking His Bid

CAIRO — A rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt’s presidential election in March said Wednesday that bureaucrats loyal to the government were obstructing efforts to get him on the ballot, while his campaign officials said police and government s…

Challenge in Uganda Against Removing Presidential age Limit

KAMPALA — Uganda’s government says it is preparing a response to the court challenge filed by a lawyers’ association against a new law removing a presidential age limit from the constitution.The change allows 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni …

Ethiopia Releases Top Opposition Figure from Prison

BURAYU, ETHIOPIA — Ethiopia’s top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison Wednesday as part of the government’s recent pledge to release detained politicians and “widen the democratic space for all.”Merara Gudina led the…

Nigeria Army Releases 244 Boko Haram Suspects

Nigeria’s army has released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group.Nigerian army operation commander Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas said Tuesday that those released Monday included 118 adult males, 56 women…

Ethiopian Airlines to Re-launch Zambia's National Carrier

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopian Airlines says it has finalized an agreement with Zambia to re-launch the southern African country’s national carrier.The partnership with Zambia comes as Ethiopian Airlines is opening new routes and hubs and is acquiring ne…

South Sudan's Cease-fire Broken by Both Sides, Monitors Say

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — Sixteen people have been killed, including three children, since South Sudan’s cease-fire started less than a month ago, say monitors.Both government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire…

Kenyan Catholic Priest Arrested for Sodomy

NAIROBI — A Kenyan police report says a Roman Catholic priest is in custody for allegedly sodomizing a man.Police said Tuesday that villagers in Muranga County in central Kenya had been monitoring the priest whom they suspected of being gay and al…

UN: 100,000 People in Central African Republic Need Aid

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. says some 100,000 people in the Central African Republic city of Paoua urgently need humanitarian aid following clashes between armed groups.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that over 60,000 people have taken …

Gunbattle in Libya's Capital Kills 20, Closes Airport

BENGHAZI, LIBYA — Heavily armed Libyan militias clashed in Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people and forcing the capital’s only airport to close, officials said.The Health Ministry said another 63 people were wounded in the fighting betwee…

Authorities Arrest 22 After Massacre in Southern Senegal

ZIGUINCHOR, SENEGAL — Authorities in Senegal have arrested 22 people following a massacre in the country’s southern Casamance region where the suspects had been looking for firewood in the forest.Abdou Sane, president of the youth association in t…

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