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Video released of Mali troops held by al-Qaida-linked group
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A video has been released that reportedly shows 11 Mali soldiers being held hostage by an al-Qaida-linked extremist group....

Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The Islamic militants came on motorcycles toting rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing four American service members after shattering the windows of the unarmored U.S. trucks....

Tanzania arrests 12 suspected of promoting homosexuality
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- Tanzanian police say they are holding 12 men, including two South Africans, for questioning over allegations of promoting homosexuality in this East African country....

Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan police fired rifles and tear gas Thursday to disperse demonstrators preparing to protest police killings of opposition supporters ahead of a fresh presidential election, a witness said....

Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has gone to court in an attempt to seize assets of a Lebanese businessman who allegedly failed to deliver to her a diamond ring worth more than $1.35 million dollars....

Hangman's job in Zimbabwe gets 'flood' of applications
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The job of hangman used to be unpopular in Zimbabwe. Now the government says more than 50 people have applied to be the state's executioner in a country where employment is hard to find....

5 dead, 60 arrested during Togo protests for term limits
LOME, Togo (AP) -- Togo's security minister says at least five people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters demonstrating for presidential term limits....

Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Islamic militants on Monday staged a two-pronged assault in the heart of the largest city in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, lobbing grenades and trading gunfire with guards at an unused Coptic church to distract from a bank robbery across the street....

Egyptian Coptic priest killed in Cairo attack
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church says a priest has been killed in a knife attack in a poor Cairo district, the latest deadly assault on members of the country's Christian minority....

Egypt accepts leading activist's appeal of life sentence
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has granted a re-trial to one of the leading activists behind the 2011 uprising, who was sentenced to life in prison for taking part in a violent protest months later....