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South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking the vessel in about 20 minutes and killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, the vast majority of them black....

Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation....

Merkel visits Algeria for talks on terrorism, migration
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Algeria as she seeks to enlist North African countries in Germany's efforts against Islamic extremism and illegal migration....

Famine is declared in part of South Sudan, thousands of deaths feared as a result of civil war
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Famine is declared in part of South Sudan, thousands of deaths feared as a result of civil war....

Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast....

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky
MOLO, Kenya (AP) -- Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars....

Gambia's new president commits to end human rights abuses
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- As Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country....

Islamic State vows more attacks on Egypt's Christians
CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country's Christian....

Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riot
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's highest appeals court on Monday upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot that killed over 70 fans in 2012, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters....

Israeli army: Sinai militant fire hits Israel, no one hurt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says several shells have been fired from neighboring Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, exploding in the south of the country and causing no injuries....



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