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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....

UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa....

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....

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday....

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....

3 wounded as UN vehicle hits roadside bomb in northern Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. force in Mali says three peacekeepers were wounded when a vehicle carrying Chadian troops hit a roadside bomb in the country's north....

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....

Egypt sends 41 Islamists to prison for rioting
ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) -- A criminal court in southern Egypt has convicted 41 Islamists on charges of rioting in August last year, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years....

British Embassy in Cairo reopens to public
CAIRO (AP) -- The British Embassy in Cairo reopened on Tuesday and resumed full public services following more than a week of closure over security concerns, the embassy said in a statement posted on its website....