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Some elephants learning to avoid dangerous areas: Expert
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Some African elephant herds are adapting to the danger of poaching by moving out of risky areas, according to one conservation group. The plight of elephants is a key issue at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, which began over the weekend and ends Oct. 5....

Poachers target rare bird's "ivory" beak in Southeast Asia
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Some call it "ivory on wings," part of the bill of a critically endangered bird in Southeast Asia that is sought by poachers and carved into ornaments for illegal sale to Chinese buyers....

Nigeria military: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday....

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance to Juba govt
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba - a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future....

Gabon opposition candidate decries high court ruling
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Opposition candidate Jean Ping vowed to not back down from his pursuit of the presidency hours after the constitutional court upheld the victory of incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for nearly half a century....

Uganda: Police stop gay pride parade deemed illegal
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) -- Ugandan police on Saturday prevented organizers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister who said such an event is illegal....

Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping decries court ruling upholding incumbent's victory, vows not to back down.
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping decries court ruling upholding incumbent's victory, vows not to back down....

170 bodies recovered so far in migrant boat disaster
CAIRO (AP) -- President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Monday that Egyptians must join hands with his government to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that struck last week when a Europe-bound boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, with the loss of at least 170 lives....

Egypt TV news boss fired for airing wrong el-Sissi interview
CAIRO (AP) -- The head of news in Egypt's state television has confirmed he was fired after the network mistakenly aired an old interview with the country's president instead of one he gave this week....

Egypt eases fungus ban on wheat imports after seller outrage
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has lifted a ban on even trace amounts of fungus in its wheat imports, after sellers enraged by Cairo's demands boycotted tenders, threatening the supply of the world's largest importer of the grain....

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