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New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol
ORANGE FARM, South Africa (AP) -- Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him....

South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after protests
MAHIKENG, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's president cut short a visit to Britain to return home and deal with violent protests in a provincial capital, calling late Friday for calm and saying more discussions on the "serious" issues were needed....

Al-Qaida claims deadly attack on French, UN forces in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Al-Qaida extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mali that killed a U.N. peacekeeper and wounded seven French soldiers....

South Sudan says military chief has died during Egypt visit
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudan's military chief has died during a visit to Egypt and after a "short illness," the government announced Friday....

Zimbabwe's Mugabe summoned over alleged diamond looting
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A Zimbabwean parliamentary committee is summoning former leader Robert Mugabe to explain past comments on alleged diamond looting - the first time a public institution has called him to account for such claims made during his 37-year rule....

Burundi's new foreign minister once led violent youth group
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's president has appointed the former leader of a violent youth group linked to the ruling party as his foreign minister....

Tiny African kingdom of Swaziland changes its name
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name....

Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's foreign minister has delivered a warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building on a Nile River tributary....

Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo....

Egypt sentences 3 to life, 36 to 10 years on terror charges
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has sentenced three Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on terror-related charges....