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Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key US base
DJIBOUTI (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones....

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others....

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday....

No one detained over South Sudan civilian killings, UN says
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United Nations' top human rights official in South Sudan says no one has been detained in connection with recent killings of civilians in the western town of Wau....

Premature hippo a happy hit for Ohio zoo after gorilla death
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A prematurely born hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo has been providing regular doses of happiness for animal lovers....

Trump's America: Exploring the US anti-immigrant fervor
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- What is behind some of the anti-immigration fervor that helped give rise to Donald Trump? In one American county that has been transformed by an influx of refugees and asylum-seekers, the answer is complicated. In the past 16 years, 7,500 African immigrants helped revive Androscoggin County, Maine, and the once-dying mill town of Lewiston. They opened shops and restaurants in boarded-up storefronts. Their children led the high school soccer team to win the state championship - a moment heralded as a triumph of cultural cooperation....

Nigerian police say 2 kidnapped Turkish nationals rescued
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Police in Nigeria say they have rescued two Turkish nationals who were kidnapped this month and arrested five of their abductors....

Rights group: Halt Egypt aid over video showing executions
BEIRUT (AP) -- An international rights group late Friday urged suspension of military aid to Egypt after video leaked by an Islamist TV channel showed troops appearing to carry out cold-blooded executions of as many as eight detainees in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where the army is embroiled in battles with the Islamic State militant movement....

Israel reopens Egypt crossing after security assessment
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has reopened its border crossing to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula shut over a week ago over intelligence warnings of possible attacks....

Egypt army says kills 21 Islamic extremists in Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian forces killed 21 extremists, at least 19 of them in an airstrike, the military said Thursday, including three senior figures of the Islamic State group's affiliate in the restive Sinai Peninsula....