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Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area
MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections....

1 killed as bandits raid livestock in drought-plagued Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan police say an official has been killed by livestock bandits in the volatile Rift Valley county of Baringo, where a drought has increased cattle rustling....

South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence but said his country's migrant burden is bigger than Europe's....

Nigerian president's long absence empowers energetic deputy
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Nigerian president's month-long medical leave overseas has empowered his deputy to attack the country's problems with an energy that has surprised observers and led some to suggest he should stay in charge for good....

Kenya cleared for direct flights to the US after a decade
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says Kenya has complied with international safety standards and can have direct flights to the U.S. after waiting for more than a decade....

Senegal arrests 2 suspected extremists over 2016 attack
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegalese police say they have arrested two suspected extremists from Mali connected to the deadly attacks in Ivory Coast last year....

Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali....

Christians flee Egypt's Sinai after militant killings
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the community....

Egypt more than doubles foreign visitors' visa costs
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian airport officials say that authorities are more than doubling the cost of entry visas for foreign visitors starting next week....

Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food items, transport, housing, and even some essential medicines....