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Gabon votes as president vies to keep family in power
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Voting has started in Gabon, where the president is trying to overcome a coalition of high-profile opponents to win re-election and maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s....

Sierra Leone: Police officers detained over deadly protests
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A police official in Sierra Leone says three officers were detained and questioned in connection with the shooting deaths of two demonstrators this month....

Zimbabwe police crush anti-government protest in capital
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe police used batons, tear gas and water cannons to crush an anti-government protest in the capital Friday, despite a court order that the demonstration should be permitted....

Somali extremists attack beach restaurant killing 8
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's security forces Friday morning ended an overnight siege of a beach restaurant by al-Shabab gunmen in which eight people were killed....

SAfrican judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher sentence against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013....

Japan PM in Kenya to launch summit on African development
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Kenya to launch the Tokyo International Summit on African Development which 35 heads of state are expected to attend....

Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging....

Egypt TV host shuns Twitter after pro-president poll fiasco
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian TV host and staunch supporter of the country's army-chief-turned-president has shut down his Twitter account after his improvised poll in favor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi backfired....

Kidnapped Egyptian policeman shot dead in Sinai
El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A police driver kidnapped earlier this week was publicly shot dead on Thursday by suspected militants from the local Islamic State affiliate in Sinai, Egyptian security officials said....

Egyptian lawyer in solitary confinement for defying el-Sissi
CAIRO (AP) -- From the day he was imprisoned more than 100 days ago, Egyptian rights lawyer Malek Adly has been locked in solitary confinement with almost no communication with the outside world, sleeping on a bare floor in conditions his lawyers say amount to torture....

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