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South Sudan armed opposition claims to remove vice president
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- A faction of South Sudan's armed opposition said Saturday it had replaced its leader who is also the country's first vice president, a move which could lead to further turmoil following deadly clashes in the capital this month....

Elderly women risk lives crushing rock for money in Cameroon
MAROUA, Cameroon (AP) -- In a northern Cameroon town menaced by food insecurity and suicide bombers, women as old as 85 are spending long, grueling days crushing rocks into gravel to earn a living....

Zimbabwe calls veterans' statement on Mugabe traitorous
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's government says a surprise statement by the country's independence war veterans attacking President Robert Mugabe is traitorous and treasonous....

Nigerian girls can wear headscarves to school, court rules
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian girls have the right to wear the hijab headscarf to school, an appeals court has ruled in a country where suicide bombers have abused Islamic dress to hide their deadly weapons....

Congo president issues pardons in bid to calm vote tensions
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo's President Joseph Kabila has issued a series of pardons meant to ease tensions around upcoming elections....

16 killed in fighting between rival Tuareg groups in Mali
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- At least 16 people were killed and 17 wounded in northern Mali in fighting that ended Friday morning between rival Tuareg groups, according to an officer in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country....

Workers: Force majeure at ExxonMobil Nigeria may last weeks
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- The force majeure - or freedom from contractual obligations because of extraordinary circumstances - declared by ExxonMobil on Nigeria's largest crude stream could last a month because of extensive damage to its 300,000 barrel-a-day Qua Iboe export terminal, workers of the U.S.-based oil giant told The Associated Press on Friday....

Egyptian currency hits fresh low on black market
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's currency has fallen to new lows on the black market, with media reports saying it had reached levels of about 12 pounds to the dollar....

Muslim mob stabs Christian to death in Egypt over feud
MINYA, Egypt (AP) -- A Muslim mob in southern Egypt stabbed a Coptic Christian to death over a personal feud, officials said Monday, stoking anger among Christians amid a spike in assaults on their community....

Egypt doctors disciplined over widely mocked AIDS device
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's doctors union has referred four members to a disciplinary court for taking part in the army's development of a widely mocked device said to cure AIDS and hepatitis C....

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