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South Sudan risks return to full-scale war, observer says
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- An international conflict research group said South Sudan is at risk of falling back into full-scale war, just two months after the government and rebels formed a coalition government aimed at ending more than two years of conflict....

Nigerian Shiites march to demand release of leader
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's Shiite movement and journalists say more than a million Shiites have marched to demand freedom for their detained leader and Israeli-occupied parts of Palestine....

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:...

Liberia marks security handover from UN force after 13 years
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president told her country Friday that "peace is in our hands" after a U.N. peacekeeping mission handed over security responsibilities following a 13-year effort to stabilize a nation wracked by back-to-back civil wars....

Bodies found as Kenya charges 3 policemen over missing men
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The bodies of a human rights lawyer and another missing man were found in a Kenyan river Friday, and the country's police chief said three police officers have been arrested and will be charged with murder....

Sierra Leone diplomat kidnapped in Nigeria; $40M ransom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Kidnappers in northwest Nigeria seized a diplomat from Sierra Leone on Friday and are demanding a $40 million ransom, that country's information minister and Nigerian workers at the embassy said....

Congo opposition head breaks silence on upcoming elections
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Congo's presidential opposition candidate has spoken out for the first time since leaving the country in May for medical reasons, criticizing President Joseph Kabila for not promising that elections will be on time or that he will step down....

Egypt marks new holiday amid violence in Sinai, near Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt celebrated the army's 2013 overthrow of an Islamist president with a new national holiday on Thursday, a day that also saw a series of deadly militant attacks in Sinai and clashes with smugglers near the nation's porous border with Libya....

Priest, 2 members of security forces killed in Egypt's Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian officials say a Christian priest and two members of the country's security forces have been killed by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula's turbulent north....

Investigators: EgyptAir wreckage shows heat damage, smoke
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian investigators said Wednesday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows "signs of damage because of high temperature" and that a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board....