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38 UN peacekeepers deserted Mali post, will return
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A spokeswoman says more than three dozen U.N. peacekeepers have deserted their post in northern Mali, complaining that supplies including food and water were slow to reach them....

Bomb kills 5 Nigerian troops; Boko Haram suspected
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Five Nigerian troops were killed and seven injured when a roadside bomb went off in northeastern Nigeria, an army colonel said....

Death penalty sought for Nigerian child bride
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence....

Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell a virus that has killed more than 1,200 people in the former French colony, officials and medical aid providers say....

Nigeria parliament: Shell should pay $3.6 billion
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- A parliament committee in Nigeria says that Shell should pay $3.6 billion in fines as punishment for a 2011 oil spill....

UN: Peacekeepers had military uniforms for own use
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- U. N. peacekeepers who were detained for possessing Congolese military uniforms apparently bought them to wear while hunting back home, a spokesman for the force said Thursday....

Nigeria: Boko Haram kills 20 villagers near Chibok
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 20 people in an attack Monday on two villages on the outskirts of Chibok, the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in April, said a Nigerian civilian defense officer....

Egypt braces for new Islamist protest
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest Friday by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government and the defense of their religion, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force."...

Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians' interest wanes
CAIRO (AP) -- Amal Shaker's 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, she is still waiting for justice....

Egypt opens crossing to Gaza for 1st time in month
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian authorities temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home, officials said....