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South African ruling party backs scandal-tainted president
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A leader of South Africa's ruling party says calls for the resignation of scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma benefit opposition efforts to dislodge the party that has led the country since the end of white minority rule in 1994....

South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats
DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) -- The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer," with its mane....

Rwanda to vet campaign messages of presidential hopefuls
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's electoral commission has announced it must approve any social media messages of candidates in the August presidential election, a decision that many in the opposition see as an attack on free speech....

Central African Republic killings send entire town fleeing
BRIA, Central African Republic (AP) -- Scores of blackened homes dot this town where more than 41,000 people have fled for their lives....

South Sudan freed UN journalist held 2 years without charge
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- South Sudan has released a United Nations journalist held for two and a half years without trial, the U.N. announced Friday....

South African opposition leader barred entry to Zambia
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The leader of South Africa's main opposition party on Friday sharply criticized Zambian officials who denied him entry to their country as he tried to show support for a jailed opposition leader....

Spain marks WWI anniversary of boat's sinking near Cape Town
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Spanish officials in South Africa are marking the centenary of the sinking of a steamer vessel that killed 134 Spanish passengers and crew members during World War I....

The Latest: Egypt's president ratifies law restricting NGOs
CAIRO (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local):...

Egypt announces $2.49 billion package to cope with inflation
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Monday announced a $2.49 billion package of income tax discounts, bonuses for state employees, increased pension payments and cash subsidies for lower and middle income Egyptians to cope with soaring inflation....

Survivors of Egypt Christian bus attack recount their horror
CAIRO (AP) -- Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror, with children hiding under their seats to escape gunfire....

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