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At least 14 killed in Somalia hotel attack; police say ended
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia's seaside capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and "shooting at everyone they could see," before security forces pursued the grenade-throwing assailants to the top floor and ended the hours-long assault, police and witnesses said. At least 14 people were killed....

9 musicians drown in Kenya boat accident, official says
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenya police official says nine musicians have drowned when their boat capsized on the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria....

Police: Gunmen take unknown number of guests hostage in attack on hotel in Somalia capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Police: Gunmen take unknown number of guests hostage in attack on hotel in Somalia capital....

Congo volcano brings farmers rich soil but eruption threat
GOMA, Congo (AP) -- Hacking away in the midday sun, 49-year-old farmer Daniel Lazuba remembers vividly his life before one of Africa's most active volcanos erupted 14 years ago....

Michelle Obama, daughters heading to Liberia, Morocco, Spain
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are leaving Sunday for Africa, where they will promote girls' education in Liberia and Morocco before going to Spain....

Congo's president promises democratic vote despite tensions
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo's president on Friday broke his silence on upcoming elections that have fueled tensions in this central African country for well over a year, promising a democratic process but declining to detail his political future....

Son of ex-Senegal president released early from prison
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Authorities on Friday freed Karim Wade, the son of Senegal's longtime former president, after he served half of his six-year sentence on charges of corruption and illegally accumulating a fortune of at least $200 million....

Egypt gets its first French Mistral-class helicopter carrier
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has received the first of two French-made, Mistral-class helicopter carriers purchased last year in an effort to upgrade its navy....

HRW calls on Egypt to free members of satirical street group
CAIRO (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday called on Egypt's government to release from detention four members of a satirical street group who posted video clips on social media that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and criticized an agreement with Saudi Arabia that would hand control over two Red Sea islands to Riyadh....

Egyptian court rejects transfer of islands to Saudis
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court on Tuesday struck down an agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, delivering a rare rebuke to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government over a decision that sparked the biggest street protests of his two-year rule....

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