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Swedish government announces release of hostage in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday....

Zimbabwe pastor and government critic arrested after speech
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe police have arrested a popular pastor after he addressed protesting university students....

At least 9 dead in Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Authorities in northeastern Nigeria say at least nine people have been killed by suicide bombers in a series of attacks in the area....

South Sudan censors press, restricts reporters in civil war
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- As South Sudan's civil war creates the world's largest refugee crisis and widespread allegations of sexual and ethnic violence, the government is clamping down on the news media, journalists charge....

Rhino breeder in South Africa plans online auction of horn
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A rhino breeder in South Africa is planning an online auction of rhino horn, capitalizing on a court ruling that opened the way to domestic trade despite an international ban that was imposed to curb widespread poaching....

In world's largest refugee camp, youth are drawn to soccer
BIDI BIDI, Uganda (AP) -- The soccer field is littered with sharp stones, but the girls who attack the ball with their bare feet play on....

Angola expels 8,000 Congolese fleeing violence, UN says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Angola has expelled more than 8,000 Congolese who entered the southern African country while fleeing deadly violence at home, the United Nations says in a new report....

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed....

Egypt says 7 militants killed in raid on desert camp
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry says it has killed seven people in connection with recent attacks on the country's embattled Christian minority, including three church bombings and a deadly bus shooting, all claimed by the Islamic State group....

UN urges Egypt to halt execution of 6 men in 'flawed' trials
CAIRO (AP) -- U.N. human rights experts urged Egypt on Thursday to halt the execution of six men, sentenced to death over killing a policeman, saying that their trials were "flawed" and "did not meet international standards of fairness."...