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Ethiopia sentences 2 accused al-Shabab members to prison
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia says two men accused of trying to establish a cell of the al-Shabab extremist group inside the country have been sentenced to six years in prison....

Tanzania leader fires nearly 10,000 over fake documents
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs....

UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests....

African dictator's trial opens path to justice elsewhere
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled. He then began collecting accounts of torture. A quarter-century later, those accounts helped convict and uphold a life sentence for Habre in a landmark trial that sets a precedent for victims elsewhere to pursue justice....

Nigeria says president still in charge amid health concerns
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's government is again trying to reassure citizens over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari even while acknowledging that he spends most of his time working from home....

Nigeria says 15 suspected Boko Haram fighters shot dead
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers....

'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life
IMVEPI, Uganda (AP) -- Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a few sons (off fighting) and his cattle (stolen)....

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?
CAIRO (AP) -- Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world's most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority....

Seen as a setback to justice, Egypt ratifies judges' law
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him power over the country's courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies....

Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks
CAIRO (AP) -- On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt....