Burkina Faso forces kill key jihadist, arrest others
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's government says its military forces have killed a key jihadist and arrested 18 others in the country's north, close to the West African nation's border with Mali....

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary "fiercely opposed" environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history, according to a German geologist contracted by the Dutch-British multinational....

UN's South Sudan inquiry gets wider powers to pursue abuses
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United Nations commission of inquiry for South Sudan now has broader powers to pursue human rights abuses like mass rape and torture in the country's three-year civil war....

Car bomb near Somalia presidential palace kills 1, hurts 2
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A police official says a car bomb blast near a restaurant and hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least one person and wounded two others....

Somali pirates seize trawler, likely for hijackings: Police
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Police say Somali pirates have seized a fishing trawler owned by a local businessman and forced the mostly foreign crew to disembark....

Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou announced Thursday night....

British woman faces treason-related charges in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- A pregnant British mother of two appeared in a Rwandan court for the first time Thursday since being arrested more than a month ago on treason-related charges....

Blast rattles Cairo suburb, killing 1
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry said a man was killed and three members of his family were injured on Friday when a device exploded while he was cleaning up his backyard in a Cairo suburb....

Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention
CAIRO (AP) -- Far from the cameras that followed him closely over six years of legal wrangling, Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak quietly returned home to his family on Friday after winning acquittals and release from a Cairo hospital where he has been detained for years....

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president
CAIRO (AP) -- Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home....