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Somalia readies for 'state of war' as death toll up to 358
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu....

13 soldiers killed in latest attack on Niger's military
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Authorities in Niger say unknown assailants have killed 13 soldiers in the West African country....

Kenya helicopter carrying 5 plunges into lake after takeoff
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A helicopter with five people on board plunged into a lake in Kenya's Rift Valley and it's likely that no one survived, officials said Saturday....

With single weekly flight, remote St. Helena extends welcome
JAMESTOWN, St. Helena (AP) -- The Gates of Chaos, Lot's Wife, Old Woman's Valley, Man and Horse Cliffs. These are the names of places on St. Helena, an otherworldly Atlantic Ocean island far from anywhere whose British-ruled population of just over 4,000 is reaching out to the world....

The Latest: Somalia to announce 'state of war' on al-Shabab
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The Latest on Somalia's deadliest attack (all times local):...

Somalia's leader to announce 'state of war,' new offensive on al-Shabab after deadliest attack
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's leader to announce 'state of war,' new offensive on al-Shabab after deadliest attack....

140 arrested in Malawi after mob attacks on 'vampires'
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) -- Deadly mob attacks on people suspected to be "vampires" have led to 140 arrests in Malawi, police said Friday....

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials
CAIRO (AP) -- At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years....

Egypt releases Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in detention
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt released early on Friday an Irish-Egyptian man detained for over four years on charges related to a 2013 Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo, his lawyer said....

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....