Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola....

Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday....

Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate....

Kenya president signs controversial security law
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties....

Trade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- Trade between China and Mozambique increased to nearly $3 billion this year, said China's ambassador....

5 die in Mozambique floods
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- Five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain, according to Mozambican authorities....

Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security law
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties....

Egypt president meets Qatar envoy
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President has met with an envoy of the Emir of Qatar, the first such meeting since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office last summer, signaling a thaw in relations between the two nations....

Egypt official says nearly 10,000 detained this year
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security forces have detained nearly 10,000 suspected militants, rioters and others wanted in violent attacks over the past 12 months in a crackdown a senior interior ministry official said Saturday targets those attempting to curtail Egypt's development....

Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown
CAIRO (AP) -- Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks....