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Nigeria's central bank hikes interest rate to 14 percent
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The Central Bank of Nigeria has raised its benchmark interest rate to 14 percent, a 10-year high, as the naira currency continues its free-fall and the West African oil producer heads into recession....

2 suicide car bombs near UN offices kill 13 in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars Tuesday outside the office of the U.N.'s mine-clearing agency and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven guards, Somali police officials said....

Residents: Oil militants attack Lagos suburb, battle police
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Residents say a boatload of armed oil militants attacked an outlying suburb of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, looting and firing into the air as people fled....

Malawi man arrested after describing sex with young girls
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- Malawi police on Tuesday arrested a man who said he was hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women, including children, in what was described as ritual cleansing....

Obama's Kenyan half-brother says he supports Donald Trump
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and not the candidate his brother has endorsed, Hillary Clinton....

South Sudan president replaces rival as vice president
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudan's president on Tuesday replaced his deputy and opposition leader Riek Machar, who fled into hiding this month amid renewed clashes with government forces. The move threatens an already fragile peace deal in a country ravaged by civil war....

Republic of Congo opposition leader sentenced to 2 years
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) -- A Republic of Congo tribunal has sentenced an opposition leader to two years in prison for inciting public disorder and insurrection....

Egypt's Coptic Pope warns of increased attacks on Christians
CAIRO (AP) -- The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced."...

Egypt's el-Sissi scraps attendance at summit in Mauritania
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has canceled his visit to Mauritania to attend the Arab League summit there, sending instead his premier as the head of the delegation....

Egyptian currency hits fresh low on black market
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's currency has fallen to new lows on the black market, with media reports saying it had reached levels of about 12 pounds to the dollar....