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Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved....

US, UN condemn renewed violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United States and United Nations on Thursday condemned a recent outbreak of violence around an oil-rich town in South Sudan, as experts predicted a return to mass violence in the coming weeks....

South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week....

9 Niger security forces killed in militant attacks
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Niger's military says nine security forces have been killed in three simultaneous attacks in the country near the border with Mali....

Larson named AP's West Africa bureau chief
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Krista Larson, who has covered the Ebola outbreak and the deadly conflict in Central African Republic for The Associated Press, has been named bureau chief for West Africa for the news cooperative....

Zambia: President's body to return Saturday
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- The body of President Michael Sata, who died in London after a long illness, will be flown to Zambia on Saturday, the Zambian government said....

Zambian president dies after long illness
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule....

Family of held Egypt activists on hunger strike
CAIRO (AP) -- The mother and sister of two jailed pro-democracy Egyptian activists are on hunger strike to press demands for their release and show solidarity with other activists detained for breaking a draconian law on street protests....

Missile, fire from Egypt wounds 2 Israeli troops
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Attackers inside Egypt fired an anti-tank missile and automatic rifles at a military vehicle in Israel on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said....

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple
ABU SIMBEL, Egypt (AP) -- Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year....

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