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South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging "failures" that have threatened the party's future....

The Latest: South Africa leader doesn't endorse a successor
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Latest on South Africa's ruling party meeting (all times local):...

Who will lead South Africa's ANC? A look at top candidates
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The race to lead South Africa's scandal-weakened ruling party, and likely the country, has put the future of the African National Congress in question. The rift between the top candidates is so pronounced that some observers warn the party of Nelson Mandela could split in two. Here's a look at the leading contenders to succeed President Jacob Zuma and lead the party toward the 2019 elections:...

South Africa's ruling party opens crucial meeting to choose leader amid anger over scandals
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's ruling party opens crucial meeting to choose leader amid anger over scandals....

Nigeria military rescues 4 Chinese nationals from pirates
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian military official says four abducted Chinese nationals have been rescued after a gun battle with sea pirates....

What new president? Rural Zimbabweans missed Mugabe drama
LUPANE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Good luck convincing some of Zimbabwe's far-flung residents that they have a new president despite last month's dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power....

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children....

Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations
ST. CATHERINE'S, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai....

Egypt to sign deal to help resumption of Russian flights
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Aviation Ministry officials say a security protocol is soon to be signed with Russia to prepare for the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt after more than a two-year hiatus....

Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia....